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9-23-2010 @ 3:36PM
To be fair to Hurbster, Orgrim Doomhammer does fall into the group of lore characters that aren't easily put in the "Good Guy" or "Bad Guy" list. This doesn't mean he didn't read the article. Pretend it's not Orgrim Doomhammer for a minute... pretend it's a news article about real life events you're reading. Try filling in "George W. Bush" everywhere you see Doomhammer's name. Some lore characters (and I'm talking about the Mary Sues here... that's a whole other issue) are characters who do their best to do what's good, regardless of what's "right". Others are obviously villans, and even being sympathetic about how they ended up that way doesn't change it. And some fall in between. Not just because of one faction seeing their actions in a different light than the other faction does, but because sometimes basically good people do really horrible things. Sometimes people have a serious change of heart and go from good guy to villian, or villian to good guy.In the case of Orgrim Doomhammer, I struggle to remind myself that his actions are part of the Old Horde. That's not the Horde I signed on with. That's not how Thrall does things. It's a bit like knowing how wrong and harmful racism is, but then having to accept that some very loving little old lady still has some very misguided ideas about other people because of the time she lived most of her life in, and how that society shaped her. And having to accept that it makes her a good person with some very sad views about things, not a horrible person.The Horde has no more right to whitewash their history than the Alliance does to keep looking at the Horde as nothing but animals and monsters. In the classic sense, each clan chieftain is a despot within his clan. It's really only in the more modern, pejorative sense than Doomhammer freed them from despotism. And only murdering the other side's people with little to no thought about the morality of such actions isn't really less bad than murdering everyone. Doomhammer's history isn't pretty. Neither is most anyone else's. Learn to live with it.
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