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4-11-2010 @ 1:14AM
I am firmly of the belief that Sylvanas knew precisely what she was doing when she set up the RAS, that the New Plague was on her design brief at the start. Putress organizing a palace coup and trying to overthrow her was not. She should not have been so stupid as to trust Varimathras ... but she did, and the entire Horde, and the Alliance, paid for that.Now that the New Plague has been nixed by the Red Dragonflight and she's being closely watched by the Kor'kron, "death to the living" is no longer an option even if she wished it. Now that Arthas has been defeated, "death to the scourge" is redundant. I think that with her vengeance achieved, the sharp edge of Sylvanas' hatred is gone. Will she still seethe with envy at the living? Certainly. Will she still seek to exterminate them? I doubt it. Even if she wanted to, I think the Horde would stop her this time.I would like to see her mellow a bit in Cataclysm. The war in Gilneas is no different, really, than the Warsong's expansion into Ashenvale (save of course the lack of the world-shattering blasphemy of the murder of Cenarius; even if the Forsaken killed Genn Greymane it would not match that atrocity). It's about territory and the Horde/Alliance war in general rather than "Forsaken are eebil" in particular; if it'd been any other Horde race bordering Gilneas (excepting perhaps the Tauren, who are peaceniks) they'd still be encroaching upon Gilneas.Which is not to say that the Gilneans would exactly lie quietly if they were not being invaded; with the Greymane Wall fallen and the outside world intruding on Gilneas' splendid isolation, I think it the Forsaken didn't move south the Gilneans would be moving north. While the Gilneans understand being afflicted by curses one neither wants nor asked for, they're still human out of combat; they have not fallen so far as the Forsaken, and their worldview has not been so damaged. To the Gilneans, the Forsaken are still monsters, unable to access the Light, and Azeroth must be cleansed of them. Gilneans may not be so righteous as the Draenei or so zealous as the Night Elves, but they make up for it with national pride; to the Gilneans, with Lordaeron fallow and overrun with abominations, it is not only Gilneas' right but Gilneas' *duty* to take stewardship of the land.For the Alliance! For Greymane! FOR GILNEAS!
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