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12-30-2009 @ 6:22PM
It is interested to see the Alliance go from loose affiliation of races/groups to the tightly-knit group we see now. The Horde has done the exact opposite, and with the Wrathgate debacle, and the rumored changes in Horde leadership to come, the Horde seems to be near a civil war, or at least a very hard splintering between groups.It will be interested to see what will become of all this in the future.
12-30-2009 @ 10:17PM
The Horde has always been divided into two basic groups. The Horde of Kalimdor (orcs, tauren, trolls) is rather close knit, bound together by similar customs, traditions, and religions. The Horde of Lordaeron (Forsaken and blood elves) are closely allied with each other, due to being former allies and having both been betrayed by the Alliance in some capacity. This has alwasy been reflected in-game, even in their starting reputations.The Forsaken and blood elves joined the Horde for their own reasons, and the Horde doesn't fully trust them. It is not inconceivable that they could some day (WC4?) break away and form their own faction.I don't think I'd say the Alliance is particularily close-knit. The humans and dwarves, perhaps. The gnomes have only recently surfance, having previously been dealing with their own issues. The night elves also seem to be, by and large, a seperate entity, fairly disconnected from the Alliance. With their own history stretching back for millenia, and having only been members of the Alliance for a few years, I don't think you could say that their bond is particularily strong.
12-31-2009 @ 3:06PM
"The Horde of Lordaeron (Forsaken and blood elves) are closely allied with each other, due to being former allies and having both been betrayed by the Alliance in some capacity. This has alwasy been reflected in-game, even in their starting reputations."I take issue with this statement. The Forsaken have never been betrayed by the Alliance. Quite the opposite in fact, in WC3 it is them who betray Garithos and his men. Yeah, Garithos was a massive jerk but he still held up his end of the bargain, and he got backstabbed for it.As for the Blood Elves, the faction of Blood Elves that is part of the Horde was never "betrayed" by the Alliance. It is Kael'thas and his men who suffered under Garithos, and the Horde is perfectly happy to kill them alongside the Alliance in Outland.As for the Alliances unity, I think it's quite strong, as reflected in Northrend. Every Alliance member race is there in force, united under Stormwind.
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