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1-06-2010 @ 4:04PM
Sure, Blizzard *could* have portrayed Orcs as something other than how works of fantasy always portray Orcs, but why would Blizzard do that? Every fantasy has to have its "greedy, wanton savages." What Blizzard has done well in its lore is allow for, set a precedent for complexity among the stereotypes. Even among the "bad guys", there can arise a Thrall. Even among "savage" cultures, there are admirable aspirations or values which individuals can cultivate. Players (if they care about the RP) can portray their orcs any way they want, be it noble or otherwise.The converse is also true in Warcraft lore. That is, even among cultures so virtuous that the would sacrifice their own immortality to save the world, there can be found some very ugly biases and certainly some downright awful individuals. But Night Elves are still somewhat stereotyped high fantasy elves. Players (again, who care about such things) can play their elves as close to the stereotype or with whatever flaws they'd like.
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