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10-05-2010 @ 9:58AM
If I recall my lore correctly, Varok was one of the original orcs who took part in the slaughter. If I recall my lore correctly, Durotan (Thrall's father) believed what they were doing was wrong even though he still did what he was told. (To risk being controversial, in RP, my draenei thinks of Durotan as a well meaning coward... but that's just her).Adding in the elements refusing to cooperate with Drek'Thar (leading to the acceptance of warlocks) and the ancestors responding to Ner'zhul with repudiation and disgust, I think we have a strong case for the fact that the orcs were not always "like this" and that they had a very good idea that what they were doing was wrong.(all this per "Rise of the Horde")The Burning Legion may have tempted the orcs, but it took orcs doing what they knew was wrong to cause the genocide of the draenei and the destruction of Azeroth.What we have seems to be a society which did not question what their superiors said. Even if they believed it was wrong, they followed orders.This seems to be a flaw in Orcish society, and one which seemed to be brought out well in the questlines in the Northrend where Garrosh was growing in power, and people did follow orders regardless of what they personally thought (with a small number acting in secrecy, fearing a public stand).So TL:DR, I don't think there was "cultural relativism" in play here. The slaughter by the orcs seems to have been against both objective morality and their own beliefs.
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