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8-25-2008 @ 2:24AM
Hey there-Just wanted to start out by saying that it was a great article, but there was one thing that I thought might deserve some comment and correction towards the status of female orcs in the Horde during the time of Mannoroth and the opening of the Dark Portal.You guys already did an interesting article about this (I think it was a Know Your Lore) about Female characters of various species in Warcraft, and the issue did come up that by and large there were no femme fatales (except the notable exception of Garona) within the Horde due to the brutishness of the Horde at the time. It is quite unlikely that any younger female Orc warriors were a part of the "Evil" Horde at the time of the portal were even remotely treated with the Orcish pride at the time. Without screaming out a bunch of spoliers, I would point you in the direction of the Beyond the Dark Portal for more indications, specifically Tagar Spinebreaker's conversation with the Greatmother Geyah. The only notable exception I can find within the lore (again, beyond Garona) of one of the women being treated with the respect they deserve was Durotan and Draka, Thrall's parents.I guess what I'm driving at is this: the equal treatment policy that was put into place the moment Thrall became the Warchief is a fairly new policy for the Orcs, and the Horde in general, and there is still some resistance to it, particularly from some of the members of the Old Horde. It might be noteworthy for RPers to experiment with their characters dealing with these policies with both their female characters (who might remember the oppression of the Old Horde and might be the first Orcish feminists) and older male characters (who might still feel that women are unequal warriors). This would be some heavy roleplaying, however, and should probably only be undertaken by people who feel that they can handle the tension and seriousness that this can sometimes bring about.
8-25-2008 @ 10:27AM
I agree completely and I would have written something on this topic if there had been time. Hopefully I'll get a chance to write it later, maybe even as a part of He Said/She Said.
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