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11-26-2008 @ 10:24AM
Awesome article. One of the best thought out pieces I've seen both game wise and story wise filled with a ton of truth. (side note, why are only Tyrande and Magni mentioned as leaders? the Gnomes have a leader albeit not their own city any more and so do the Draenai, Velen in my opinion being one of the better leaders in the alliance, even though they are a few years new to the alliance.. And why are we even siteing that piece of trash Frandal as any sort of Alliance leadership? )It really is a fine edge the king of SW rides.. it was just last night I got to the end of the Wrath gate quests and saw what happened and what did go down made my jaw drop which, for WoW, is something that doesn't happen often. but out of all of that the one thing that stood out to me the most is when Alesktrsza tells you to go visit the king and tell him the news. (spoilers ahead also)He immediately blames himself for all of this. This just shows that his rough exterior is hiding a very hurt man underneath. then he turns that right on the horde. But even as you stand there and could very well be saying "Well it wasn't ALL the Horde my King, just the Forsaken" he goes on to blame the whole recklessly.Its like saying "those people" instead of just a certain race or a certain people in a race, its a blanket the king is throwing on the fire and being outright racist against the entire horde rather then just the one subgroup that should be and is responsible. I see his view completely while at the same time see that he's being completely balls to the walls unfair to the horde. As of a few months ago I've retired my human Paladin and I've made my new main a Draenai and I've also played a Tauren for a very long time at the games launch, both shaman, and while I've never been a RPer I think my choice in favorite race likens to the fact that I'm generally a peaceful person, as does my choice in favorite class (Shaman). The Draenai (and Tauren for the most part but not for the same reasons) have a pretty large turn the other cheek policy that they got from flowing the Naaru, and have used it i think in the case of the New Horde. they should hate the orcs just as much as Varian and the majority of the humans do. The orcs savagely murdered nearly their entire race after being hunky dorey with them for what was supposed to be a good long time after they landed in Draenor. But this leads to the Draenai's higher understanding to time and the healing it brings. Its what sets them apart as an alien race on Azeroth. The humans however are just as they are here in RL, a vengeful race that lives in the now rather then the future, much like the forsaken in a sense. Humans get hurt and they react, they hate themselves and more times then most they redirect that hate to others. Varian couldn't stop what happened to his father and his people, he couldn't do any thing about losing his memory and living the way he has for these past years and now that he can do something VERY actively he still is made to feel helpless. so in the mist of blaming himself for the things that have happened he's turned that rage on the Horde. He's basically projecting his feelings of himself onto them, I think if given the opportunity, and if he was a weaker person, he would kick his own ass or just plain kill himself (yeah now that i think of it he is a little emo in a sense). Varian's badassness comes from the fact that he's super frustrated with his station in life, no one asks to be king most of the time but specially the king of a people who have been constantly at war and faced with death multiple times. He has a duty he feels the burden and responsibility to uphold, specially after being away all this time, but at the same time probably feels like he can really do nothing to help any thing and that's why he's taken to extremist war tactics rather then diplomacy. He's reacting the only way he knows how.Varian is being what he is and that's good, he's human and should be and on top of that he really is a good human, and not some evil ruler, despite his justified racism. He doesn't need to be the best leader. If they made him the Uber leader then he'd be sited as OP, but he's flawed. that also gives characters like Jaina something to work off of and it does work, it connects the story. honestly there is only a few characters given such depth in this game and those characters are the ones we came to love from Warcraft 3 (Jaina, Thrall, Arthas, Illidan..) which also had way more story depth then 1&2 ... the fact that they've given this much attention to a character who never had much face time in another game is a bold move. its also a bold move to do so with a character they've built on from their expanded universe (meaning the comics) and i applaud them for it. I've been very critical about a lot in this expansion, mostly by way of quest mechanics and stuff like it but one thing this xpac is doing right is story as well as implementing story. if other games (cough.. Matrix Online.. cough) did things like blizzard has been doing they would have a better standing in the race for best MMO.
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