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7-18-2009 @ 1:23PM
If goblins became a part of the Horde, I would so totally reroll my tauren death knight to a goblin. Goblins are one-hundred percent awesome. Worgen would be incredibly enjoyable as a race, as well. I've always enjoyed the Gilneas speculation revolving them.Keep in mind, just because one -faction- of the goblin social stratum sides with the Horde, doesn't mean the entire race does. To wit, we have really only seen two (perhaps three, if you follow a mixture of in-game evidence and minor speculation) of the many, many merchant houses of Undermine; the Steamwheedle Cartel and the Venture Company, with the third possibly being the goblins who remained allied with the Horde after the Second War. The goblins as a whole I think will remain neutral, but I can certainly see one of the merchant houses picking sides once and for all; I'm of the opinion that we'll see Undermine as the next Shattrath/Dalaran. (Though how cool would it be to have Pandaria be neutral city? One can dream.)The goblin 'factions' splinter off and do their own things quite a bit -- like the individual businessmen the are. The Venture Co. is a good example of that, but so to are the goblins who have sided with the Horde to run the blimps and sundry mechanics. If they are recognized officially by the Cartel, it's only in the most tertiary forms, as they are essentially violating a prime directive from Undermine not to get involved with the war between the Orcs and the Humans.Granted, I don't imagine the merchant princes of Undermine much blame them; seek profit where there is profit to be saught. The goblins are the Warcraft Ferengi, after all. Big ears and all. But officially they can only attribute them lip service, at best.If goblins are a Horde race, I imagine it would work not unlike the Blood Elves and the Scryers, and the Draenei and the Aldor as far as reputations went. Those races got a very a small leg up on those reputations, but because of even mild ideological differences (the Aldor might have somewhat resented the Draenei who fled in the Exodar rather than staying behind to cling to what they had left, the Sin'dorei on both sides of the Scryer divide would be worried about potential loyalties still to Kael'thas), they would still need to 'prove themselves' with whatever factions were relevant.The goblins whom have allied themselves with the Horde are most likely the followers of a distinct trade prince who the Horde sought out for assistance during the Second War. The other goblin princes jumped on board at that time as well, but we know around the Third War most of them followed the decree of Undermine toward neutrality. A mixture of speculation and in-game evidence could/would lead one to believe that the trade prince the Horde picked out in the Second War remained loyal to the Horde through the rise of Thrall for potentially altruistic (though likely more capitalistic and scheming reasons) reasons, and those goblins who are factioned with the Horde currently (the aforementioned blimp runners, shop owners, ect.) are loyal to that particular trade prince in advance of any loyalties to Thrall.It would only take a very small story element to bring those loyalties closer to the surface; perhaps Undermine finally tires of this merchant prince's actions and makes an attempt on his life? He seeks out his 'ally' Thrall for protection? Weak and entirely speculation, but classically fantasy and certainly not outside the wheelhouse of consideration. There's a lot of potential there.And, of course, there is simply the money.Remember your Rules of Acquisition, kids...Rule #9: Opportunity plus instinct equals profit.Rule #34: War is good for business.Rule #35: Peace is good for business.Rule #62: The riskier the road, the greater the profit.Standing behind Thrall's Horde offers that in certain ways that simple neutrality does not. I only hope if my speculation/musing is correct, the name the merchant prince of the Horde goblins 'Nagus Grandetray'. If they do, I'll almost feel as if I had my own NPC at that point. ;)
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