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10-13-2010 @ 12:24PM
Great article! I appreciate that it's written from the troll's perspective of their history. This is what Warcraft is all about-perpetuated conflict based on a limited understanding of the world. The quel'dorei weren't just there to take the land from the trolls, their intent to settle into their home after being driven from their own. From their perspective, the trolls weren't going to allow that, so they opted to remove the trolls by force. The humans of Strom aligned with the elves both for the potential power it promised them (use over the arcane) and for a chance to end the bloody skirmishes that had plagued their people. Doomhammer didn't abandon the campaign for Quel'thalas; he sought to end the war quickly by taking out the heart of the Alliance in Lordaeron. He was promised by Gul'dan that Stormreaver, Twilight's Hammer,and Dragonmaw would continue with the trolls to try to take Quel'thalas, then reinforce the attack on Lordaeron. He didn't know Gul'dan would choose that moment to betray him, and after he had dealt with that problem, he lost the war, let alone have the ability to return to attack the elves. During the Warcraft 3 campaign, Thrall is attacked by a group of forest trolls and forced to defend himself. For all he knew, the alliance between trolls and orcs had faded with the end of the second war, so there was no reason for seek them to rejoin the Horde before he left for another shore. Thrall has always been about second chances, (which is part of why we all love him so much), so when the elves look to him for aid, he's willing to give it. Hell, if the humans went to him for aid, he'd give it.Let's not forget that many trolls are consumed by anger and hatred. Why do we slaughter our way through Zul'Farrak? Because they attack us first. The Drakkari trolls? They attack us on sight. The thought never comes to them, "Hey, they're not Scourge. Maybe the enemy of my enemy is my friend." The thought is, "It's not a Drakkari. Kill it."I went into Zul'Aman and fought and tried to kill Zul'jin not for the promise of glory and ritches, and not because I cared for the opinions troll-obsessed treasure hunters. I went there because I knew Zul'jin was there. I knew that he was powerful, driven force that would not cease to try to achieve his goals until he died, and I knew that once he had made up his mind, little could be done to change it. I saw a threat greater than Hakaar, as Zul'jin was a true leader and expert warrior that could march armies if given enough time. If I succeed in killing him, I will fight him again.
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