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4-26-2009 @ 4:33PM
Being witness to misdeeds of the old Horde doesn't change a damn thing. Thrall has been witness to Alliance atrocities and has the grace to overcome - Wrynn is small-minded and acting out of a sense of personal indignation at what he endured. He is not justified. Hell, he's not even a good character.Other lore characters cowtow to him when ICly they probably wouldn't put up with the guy, were he not king of stormwind. His past is a collection of cliches and poor justification (hot wife who got fridged? Check. Stupid amnesia subplot? Check. Super gladiator? Check.) and he only exists to help shallow minded fandboys who never looked too closely at their own prejudices feel better about their faction. I'm tired of people defending him. As a character he's not only morally reprehensible, but a horrible piece of writing. No amount of propping up what the writers have already told us is going to change anything.
4-26-2009 @ 4:50PM
Oh thank god, I'm not the only one who thinks he's a Gary Stu. You've just put it into far better words than I can.You also forgot to put on your checklist that "nearly everyone near and dear to him has died." I wouldn't be surprised if Little Anduin was kidnapped and cannibalized by the RAS in a future story plot. It would just add the icing on the cake at this point.
4-26-2009 @ 5:02PM
Luisette: He is SUCH a Gary Stu. If I was an Alliance player I'd be offended that Blizz thought so little of me that I'd take pride in a shitty character as long as he has a big sword and a couple scars.
4-26-2009 @ 5:18PM
TWO big swords, actually! And where did that extra sword come from? The physical embodiment of the personality that was magically separated from his body by Onyxia, of course! And then, wait, what? Onyxia's spell backfired and the two were reunited into one body once more?My gosh. If his backstory could insert any more elements of deus ex machina, then divide by zero and run for cover because I think Azeroth would implode from the sheer amount of "But it's MAGIC"-excuses that Blizzard would have to wave in front of our faces to make it even remotely possible.
4-26-2009 @ 8:39PM
You also, also forget about the facial scar going over his eye and his anime blood elf hairstyle. SO cliche.The guy was even called "Anti-Thrall" by Metzen and co. when they first mentioned they were creating a "new badass Alliance hero." He has almost the exact same background as Thrall, but unlike Thall, who is a noble and heroic leader in spite of his past, Varian is a huge dick because of his.Blizzard even had to create new Horde characters just so his actions could be somehow justified. Putress came absolutely out of nowhere, and Garrosh is being written purely to act as kindling for the conflict.As a character, he's shallow, one-sided, unoriginal, and poorly written.
4-27-2009 @ 12:53AM
Sorry but if Varian is a Gary Stu WTF is Thrall ?dead parents ? checkdead love interest ? checkseriously, name one mistake the blue eyed boy has ever made that isn't explained away 'out of his hands' in some form...i'll agree with you on one thing: it's badly written tripeall 'the lore' is.it's put together and governed by a comic book geek who didn't and doesn't have the talent to even get a job on a small independant comic label but somehow was simply lucky enough to get his foot in the door at a fledgling but talented sofware company by contributing art and 'blurb' to manuals just as the market was beginning to mature to the point it was deciding games needed storys beyond those couple of paragraphs and pictures.'blurb'thats what you are all talking about.over extended 'blurb'.'shakespeare it isn't'
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