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8-19-2011 @ 10:52AM
@Fudge Neither side is purely good or evil, and I just find the Horde a lot more interesting for those reasons. My current roleplay character is an orc, and at (I think) 19 years old she never had anything to do with the "killing, maiming, plundering, pillaging and raping" you speak of. She spent her earliest days in a filthy, stinking, rat-plagued internment camp and her entire world consisted of those stone walls and--just maybe, if she could sneak up the steps at night when the guards weren't looking--a glimpse of the forests outside the walls.She struggles to reclaim the pride she feels her people abandoned when they forgot their traditions and abandoned shamanism to drink demon blood. In orc society, you're responsible for your own actions: your mother or father could be a famous warrior, but you can't ride on their coattails. She therefore doesn't feel responsible for the mistakes of the last two generations--after all, she had no say in it-- and sees humans and their allies as cowardly tormentors who imprisoned her generation for the actions of another. When you're fighting for the survival of your people (after all, the orcs FLED the Eastern Kingdoms and were pursued by humans anyway!) against an enemy who would see you wiped out, morals become more flexible. After all, her perception of humans comes from being imprisoned and beaten for the crime of existing: if she thinks her enemy has no honor, she can stomach allying with the Forsaken, Blood Elves, and whoever else to ensure the future of the Orcs.
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