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12-02-2010 @ 3:19PM
I'm going to respectfully disagree. Vol'jin's threat is thus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jg11_E3DfQ&playnext=1&list=PL2B09CC0A82B698B5&index=20I prefer this version with its cooler voice acting."Ya be no warchief of mine.""I know exactly what I'll be doin' about it, son of Hellscream. I'll watch and wait as ya people slowly become aware of ya ineptitude. I'll laugh as they grow ta despise ya as I do.And when the time comes day ya failure is complete and ya "power" is meaningless, I will be there ta end ya rule swiftly and silently.Ya will spend ya reign glancin' over ya shoulda and fearin' the shadows, for when the time comes and ya blood be slowly drainin' out, ya will know exactly who fired the arrow dat pierced ya heart."As for Varian's outbursts... good for him. Here's what he said in the Ulduar trailer:"At the Wrathgate, the Horde's "partnership" killed more of our men than the Scourge! I'm done with your Horde. May this Death God take you all."Is that what you meant about telegraphing his intent for war? He's pretty much saying he's done trying to work in conjunction with them. Now, what he says in the Undercity is a declaration of war:"I was away for too long. My absence cost us the lives of some of our greatest heroes. Trash like you and this evil witch were allowed to roam free -- unchecked. The time has come to make things right. To disband your treacherous kingdom of murderers and thieves. Putress was the first strike. Many more will come. I've waited a long time for this, Thrall. For every time I was thrown into one of your damned arenas... for every time I killed a green-skinned aberration like you... I could only think of one thing. What our world could be without you and your twisted Horde... It ends now, Warchief. ATTACK! FOR STORMWIND! FOR BOLVAR! FOR THE ALLIANCE!"He's a monarch. It may be the Alliance but he's its leader and if he knows he'll have their support in this. This comes right after the Wrathgate after all, and emotions would be running high for everyone. Also, let's not discount the fear of the Forsaken plague used in the attack. He may not have consulted with the other Alliance leaders but I'm fairly certain they'd have been behind him on it.I'm sorry, I don't see this genteel and subtle point Vol'jin was making. His entire point was that Garrosh is incompetent, the rest of the Horde will see it, and he will be the one to kill him. Both Varian's reaction at the Undercity and Vol'jin's "conversation" with Garrosh were emotionally driven, but I disagree with your two points. What exactly did you want Varian to accomplish? Keep silent, build an army, and declare war officially by striking first in secret attacks? That may be "wise" but it's certainly not honourable. He's from the Kingdom of Azeroth, of good ol' Stormwind, raised from birth to fight and follow certain codes. Surgical attacks are well and good, but to him and really to probably most Alliance citizens, it wouldn't do well for their pride to build an army in secret and attack. Vol'jin's crazy. And I like him for it.
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