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10-16-2011 @ 9:30PM
Are the Horde and the Alliance going to eventually fall apart or certain races are going to change who they are allied with? I do not read the books nor have I played the game regularly lately to follow the lore, so perhaps I'm coming to the wrong conclusions. But there seems to be a lot of infighting in the Horde and the Alliance lately, and some diplomacy between unlikely groups (such as the Dark Iron Dwarves hanging out in Ironforge and the Trolls that are stuck in Stormwind Harbor). And of course, there's the whole deal about the Twilight Father and who he is (but it seems like 4.3 will resolve that)...I honestly am bewildered about where Blizzard is trying to take the story with the future expansion(s). I get the feeling the Horde and Alliance will disintegrate. PvP will never be the same again...
10-16-2011 @ 11:29PM
However much changes in the allegiances in the Alliance and Horde might make sense from a story/plot/lore perspective, I would say that it's pretty unlikely from a gameplay/effort perspective.Recent unexpected changes lead me to never say never when it comes to the changes Blizzard is willing to make to WoW. But the amount of work that Blizzard would have to do in the game to change racial allegiances is simply staggering. And an incredible QQ they'd have to deal with would be mind-boggling.So, no.... don't expect races to change factions, however much the story might suggest it. The design effort to story payoff ratio just isn't good enough for Blizzard to invest in a change that drastic.
10-17-2011 @ 9:06AM
I don't know; as fractious as the intra-factional relations are, I have to think that most races have little alternative:Humans and Orcs: Both are the core of their respective faction; they can't really quit themselves.Tauren: may not be happy with where the horde is going, but they're surrounded by enemies and the grimtotem are a constant threat to take over, so they need military support.Trolls: lore-wise, a very small group and also unlikely to survive long on their own. Not to mention that Vol'jin pretty much turned his back on the other tribes in the Zandalari patch; they've got nowhere else to go.Forsaken: The horde is all that gives them legitimacy as a race; the alliance views them as an offshoot of the scourge that hasn't been eliminated yet. They may not like the horde, but once more, they have to have it's backing to survive.Blood Elves: Like the forsaken, the horde gives them legitimacy. The remaining high elves (like the silver covenant) pretty much consider them weak-willed and corrupt for succumbing to their magic addiction. Without the horde backing them up, the Alliance could easily decide to help the "real" people of Silvermoon take it back and re-install a government that's historically been their allies.Goblins: Once more, they've got nowhere else to go: their home was destroyed and all their worldly possessions were stolen. They can't go back, they don't have the resources to make it on their own, and as for turning to their own kind, they're goblins; none of the trade princes is going to help them out of charity or a sense of racial brotherhood. If one tried, the bilgewater goblins would likely think it's another scam. (And they'd probably be right.)Dwarves: They've got a long, long history with the humans. While defensively they'd be fine, commercially, they need someone to buy all that stuff they're forging. So, while this is the alliance that is most able to be broken, it's also probably the one that's least likely, given their history.Gnomes: Like most horde races, they've got no choice. Their home is still occupied, and they're surrounded on all sides by the alliance. They really rely on largess of the dwarves to survive.Night Elves: Again, this one comes down to military strategy. Even with the alliance's help, they're being pushed off the continent and losing lands that they've occupied for centuries. Without the alliance, and they'd be pushed back to Teldrassil pretty quickly.Draenei: Refugees; they have no home and the alliance are the ones that have helped them. Plus the Horde is allied with people who stole a big chunk of their ship. And the horde has deeper connections to the demonic which is probably the draenei's biggest taboo. Not to mention that they're pretty devoted to their leader who can see the future and says the alliance is the way to go.Worgen: As long as the forsaken are in the horde, they're mortal enemies, and as long as the forsaken keep trying to occupy their homeland, they need help and shelter.All in all, I think there are very few ties in the factions that simply out of friendship or philosophical agreements. Instead, the factions are held together by practical concerns and common enemies. (Which actually makes it a lot more like real life history; most great alliances were born out of necessity, not lofty ideals.)
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