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9-22-2010 @ 11:51PM
If you really want to believe that warcraft is about shades of gray, you have to accept this character for what he is.It's funny to me that, as of Warcraft II, Doomhammer was basically the nicest, most honorable orc in the entire lore... but as the lore has evolved (for the better, mind you) he's ended up at the opposite end of the spectrum!He did wrong, but did his best, no excuses. He didn't drink demon blood, so he doesn't even have that blanket excuse! I have to say, World of Warcraft is supposedly all about shades of gray, and while I have high hopes for cataclysm, up until now those shades of grey have been 98% on the lighter end of that spectrum.*(minus the grand apothecary society, but they're technically not representative, sort of like the human Garithos.)
9-23-2010 @ 3:07AM
Blizzard likes tragic heroes.
9-23-2010 @ 4:58AM
The thing about Doomhammer is that he had won the second war. The Alliance was on the ropes. All he needed was to finsh them at that point. But he chose to kill defeat Gul'dans army instead. It was Orgrim choosing to stop a monster (or wreak bloodthirsty vengance, depending on your point of view), killing half his own army in the process, that allowed the alliance the breathing space it needed to stop the orcs
9-23-2010 @ 6:14AM
Actually, WCII paints Doomhammer as a treacherous backstabber, who slays blackhand to sieze control of the horde, and whose campaign culminates with the cowardly ambush and murder of Anduin Lothar under the auspice of peace talks. Make no bones about it, there was absolutely nothing nice, nothing good, and nothing redeemable about the horde in WCII.However, his story, along with that of the horde in general was significantly retconned in WCIII, and the later books, rise of the horde and Tides of Darkness. He was rewritten to be less Adolf Hitler, and more Ghengis Khan. Still an unrepentant mass murderer, but at least he's straightforward and honest now, rather than comically evil.
9-23-2010 @ 6:55AM
Yes. The issue is if we go by straight WC1 and 2, the Orcs were meantto humorously over the top in their evil, like the orcs of a certaingame where Orgrim fit right in waging WAR with his HAMMER. So you needto retcon or it just seems a little odd.
9-23-2010 @ 1:52PM
@Murdertime:I see what you did there. :)
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