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11-25-2008 @ 9:27PM
This is a fantastic article. Wrynn, at least in terms of his game appearance (can't speak for the comics, haven't read them yet), is probably the most multifaceted character in WoW to date. He has amazing charisma and strong leadership capabilities, but is jaded by his childhood and his experiences with the Orcs.I think the dialogue between Wrynn and Thrall in the Undercity exemplifies the extent of his character - he has a massive chip on his shoulder that will only take the slightest provocation to bring up his brutal past. There is no set chain in his logic during this event. All he can think about how disgusting the Horde is - how disgusting the Orcs are, and how they can associate with the evil Forsaken who stole one of the Human's greatest cities.He doesn't care for the fact that the Forsaken themselves were betrayed from within (and probably set up). He doesn't care that the Orcs suffered just as many, if not more losses at the Wrath Gate. All he cares about is sating is desire to see every single Orc and Undead (and probably the other Horde races too) wiped off the face of the planet.Does that make him a bigot? Hell yes.Does that make him a bad character? Hell no.If anything, he feels justified, and many players would agree with him. Thrall HAS let some questionable allies into the Horde and made questionable decisions. The Orcs in Northrend under Hellscream are heading back down the path of making the Horde a war-mongering juggernaught. The Forsaken have always been questionable in their motives, even more so now that Sylvannas herself claims to be a victim of betrayal despite knowing about and planning the plague for years. These are legitimate concerns, and Wrynn is calling them out on it. It's just a matter of whether you agree with him or not. I think that makes for great storytelling and debating.
11-25-2008 @ 9:42PM
Sylvannas's plague was only supposed to kill the Scourge. The change to just plain killing everything was Varimathras and Putress's doing.Varian is a bigot and a warmonger but I agree 100% that it makes him a better character!I see people complaining saying things like why can't the Alliance(really just the humans) have a straight up good guy for king or why do they have to grim/dark him. It's because that what makes an interesting character. Nothing interesting about some goody two shoes named Sir Lighty Lightlord, Knight of the Lighty Lighty Order of Good and Swell.
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