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4-14-2009 @ 4:57AM
@ WallertThing is, we can really only judge the Horde by their WoW-era actions because the WoW Horde and the pro-WoW Horde are really two entirely different factions related by name alone. Pre-WoW Horde was a mindless marauding murdertrain operated by the Burning Legion. WoW Horde is a ragtag band of well-meaning misfits (plus the Forsaken) trying to carve out a home for themselves under the leadership of each race's most civil leader. I think this is the reason most Horde fans get so worked up about characters like Wrynn: the Horde pre-WoW =/= the Horde as of WoW, they're completely separate entities for all intents and purposes, yet the more zealous Alliance characters judge one by the other's actions.I agree with you that it's similarly unfair to judge, say, the draenei by the actions of the eredar, or the modern day night elves by the actions of those who would become the highbourne, but that's still a two-way street. The orcs of Thrall's Orgrimmar, the blood elves of Theron's Silvermoon, and the trolls of Vol'jin's Darkspear tribe should not be judged by the actions of the Legion, Kael'thas, and the Amani respectively. Even though there are orcs in Orgrimmar and blood elves in Silvermoon that did aid in their races' more nefarious deeds, they also repented and did what they could to DEFEAT those same evils (and no doubt, Darnassus and the Exodar hold many very similar people, with both races being or having been functionally immortal and thus likely participants in such long-ago events).Neither the Horde nor the Alliance is perfect and free of sin. Unfortunately, WoW has done a miserable job of portraying the Alliance's side of it up until now (in big part because only Horde players get to see it; Alliance players don't much interact with the spies and saboteurs setting up camp in Horde territories for the purposes of raid and ruin, like the Theramore ships in Durotar or the spies ringing the Horde camps in Dustwallow). Wrynn's really the first overt symbol of Alliance corruption, and it's about damn time (even if he is a poorly-written character).
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