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6-06-2011 @ 12:31AM
Anybody else finding it impossible to level a new tauren paladin? You can go north and help the goblins stripmine and destroy Azshara... wait, weren't we enraged at what they were doing to Stonetalon and were righteously slaughtering them for it? Oh, these are OUR goblins, so it's supposed to be OK now. Or you can go into Ashenvale and help the orcs clearcut the great forests and slaughter the ancient protectors who are defending them... but ancient protectors seem like the next best thing to sacred servants of the Earth Mother.Sure, there are quests you can stomach, but so many of them make me feel like I'm on the wrong side and would rather kill the questgiver and his buds than the stated enemy. Not to mention the often horrible quests from Forsaken, speaking of wanting to kill the questgiver instead.The Horde wasn't supposed to be evil, but it sure seems these days like the tauren (and sometimes the trolls) are the only decent people in it any more. Feels like the only thing keeping them around is old loyalties; if Cairne was deciding on joining today I doubt he'd ever go for it. Walling off Mulgore like Gilneas and telling everyone else to F off would be more likely.
6-06-2011 @ 7:20AM
The goblins aren't exactly strip mining- yes, they are mining, but not (yet) on the scale that strip mining implies. Azshara was a bit of a weird zone pre-cata. It wasn't heavily populated, other than by nage. They aren't really destroying it, just extensive remodelling. They did similar things in Kezan, and it all stabilised out.In stonetalon they were clearcutting large amounts of wood, so that they could make a profit. In Ashenvale, the wood needed to build homes is having to be fought for. The orcs only started clearcutting because the Night Elves stepped up their ambush tactics, so it becomes a defensive move. The Ancient protectors are doing what the Night Elves tell them, not following the Earth Mother. The Earth Mother understands the balance of things- Life and Death. The Night Elves can be thought of as upsetting the balance, as they're putting too much emphasis on Life. If you think of it as protecting your friends from them, then it's definitely following the path of the Light (or Sun aspect).Regarding the Forsaken, yeah, some of the quests really suck for Tauren. There are a few too many where the quest is actually misleading your character. However, faith in the Earth Mother can lead you to focus on the positive aspects- again, defending allies, and trying to help them to find the correct path rather than forsaking (haha) them.Cairne understood that division was one of the weaknesses of the old Tauren ways. By unifying the tribes, he created a far stronger nation. By working with the Horde rather than becoming isolationist like the Gilneans tried, it ensures the survival of the Tauren.Just as a note, the above reflects some of the ways you can RP as a Tauren. I'm not saying that any of them reflect the absolute truth, that all Night Elves are actually against the EM etc.I often find the greatest challenge of RPing is not letting your character know too much. It's unlikely that a Tauren Paladin would know much about the Night Elves, other than what he's been told by his friends- most of which aren't going to be too sympathetic to them, unless for example he comes from a family of druids who work extensively with the Cenarion Circle.
6-06-2011 @ 10:08AM
"They aren't really destroying it, just extensive remodelling."Uh-huh. Terraforming is "remodeling". It's not rebuilding the world in my own image, just fixing the drywall and adding a new bathroom.And Mirkfallon Lake isn't polluted, it was just 'inorganically sanitized'.And they're not pouring poison into water that flows past the troll area in Orgrimmar, they're 'adding flavoring agents'.See, when you have to defend the extent to which something is being strip-mined you're on the wrong side. Between the goblin's rampant disregard for anyone else's use of the land and the orcs building new dark metal building everywhere for their f-in' war campaign, who needs enemies?
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