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1-19-2011 @ 1:58PM
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. - Edmund BurkeWhile I don't consider Greymane to be a "good man" (he falls squarely into selfish if WoW used alignments), the quote is still apropos.
1-19-2011 @ 2:01PM
Genn's a complicated figure. He grew up believing that strong people stood on their own, and that you took care of your own first. These aren't evil characteristics in and of themselves. The problem comes when you use them so universally that you forget to ever show compassion for anyone who isn't your own.
1-19-2011 @ 2:10PM
@ Rossi:This is exactly why I stopped short of labeling his actions or his alignment evil. As you stated correctly previously, he's no Sylvanas but in the same context he's no Thrall either. Greymane would damn the world (and did so) as long as his little slice of heaven was safe and secure. No direct malice was meant to his weaker brethren but no empathy was shown either. All of which combined makes his personality/alignment/whatever quite selfish. All and all he may have been a decent and complex person but that doesn’t excuse his actions.
1-19-2011 @ 2:20PM
I'm not disputing your take on it, although I do think it's a bit harsh. There are plenty of people in the real world who would (and have) taken the same line as Genn. From US Citizens before the first and second World Wars who didn't want to get involved, for just one example. And there are times when it's best NOT to involve yourself. Genn's difficulty was in seeing which times he and his people would have benefited from outside involvement. He himself admits it in Lord of His Pack. His son was right, and he's proud of Liam for being wiser than he himself was.
1-19-2011 @ 5:17PM
@IchigoYou might call him selfish, but that one word falls increcibly short of describing the man's overall personality. He's -situationally- selfish in that he didn't give much of a damn for people outside his kingdom, but when it actually comes to the people of Gilneas there's nothing that he would not do for them.One of his quotes in-game is even "My people have suffered greatly...if only I could shoulder more of their burden."
1-21-2011 @ 9:13AM
At the risk of sounding inflammatory (but completely factual), Greymane's stance that the strong stand and the weak fall with all power going to the individual, is perfectly in line with the modern religion of the Church of Satan. This story seems to be at once a remembrance of WWII while at the same time a fairy tale warning that we all have to work together as even the strongest will need help at some point.
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