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11-20-2008 @ 7:53PM
I think it's actually really great that Blizzard is putting moral ambiguity in these quests. In that quest in the Maw of Neltharion you're working for some of the most evil, ruthless beings on all of Azeroth, of course they would be asking you to do something that makes you queasy!It's almost an awesome commentary on the players and the nature of these quests. You don't HAVE to do the quests! There are so many quests in Northrend that you can afford to skip plenty and instead do others and you'll not have any real consequences to face. Some of these quests ask you to do things that a "true hero" would turn down, because they subvert their moral standards. Yet players complete these quests anyway even though they feel that what they're doing in the quests are morally abhorrent!At what point do you have to stop and say "No, me or my character wouldn't do that. I'm not going to complete this quest"?I felt terrible about a quest I had to do in Grizzly Hills where I was ordered to slay Orcs "like the animals they are", and even skin one! It didn't dawn on me until afterwords that I didn't have to do the quest.Quests like these establish the moral ambiguity that this game is based upon, and really build depth in the world. Not everyone in the Horde or Alliance are good and honorable people, many are malicious and xenophobic. Which kind of person is your character?
11-21-2008 @ 3:29AM
Wow, THANK you. It's taken four pages of comments for someone to mention moral ambiguity?Personally, I LOVE this sort of thing. This is the reason I hate the draenei but the humans vie for my favourite race. Nobility, nobility, nobility is ridiculous and unrealistic. In real life, there aren't heroes or villains, just people doing what it takes. Self-righteous omg heroic quest text just irritates me. "Slay the bad guys and be a hero for the Light!" is boring. And while we're at it, "Kill the innocents and drink their blood!" would be just as bad. I like seeing grim paths taken in a world where there are no blacks and whites, where HONOUR!! just screws you and the people you want to protect. Like, you know, reality.I miss the WC3 days, where when you saw Kael'Thas take Vashj's help and eventually ally with Illidan, you could see that it was because there was no choice, because there is no good and bad, just bad and worse. Those days are gone, and now that same Kael supposedly allies himself with pure evil and we, the warriors of justice and light, have to slay him to save the world!Gag me.Sigh.I've been thrilled by how ambiguous Northrend has been, and to be honest, the torture quest was one of my favourites. You get to choose -- do you dirty your hands and send someone to their knees, begging with pain? Or do you let someone else suffer a fate just as bad, or worse? I want to see hard choices. I want to see desperate times and desperate measures, not a bunch of people who are so unrealistic they always take the high ground and somehow get things done anyways.
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