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11-14-2011 @ 1:47AM
Thanks :) I'm glad someone likes it.And Hobstadt, no, of course I'm not saying that a nation that attacks another nation "fun and priofit, and exterminate or exiles their enitre population, is just as good as a peaceful, non-aggressive nation". I was in fact deliberately avoiding the flame-war that has side-barred this well-written roleplay article. I was merely voicing that the Alliance and Horde both have similar goals, enemies, and challenges: they both oppose the Scourge, the Burning Legion, and the Twilight Cult, they both want what's best for their people, even if that means shedding blood in order to do it, they're both too hard-headed to realize how much they have in common with one another, and they're both led by warmongering fools that refuse to see reason.Even so, that doesn't make either faction - in at least so far as the D&D alignment system goes - evil. One is Lawful, the other Chaotic. You can argue morality, the evils and atrocities of war, and Good vs. Evil all you like, and apply arguments to either side, but when it comes down to the fundamental philosophical reason that the Alliance and Horde can't see eye to eye, it's a matter of Law vs. Chaos. And frankly, I think arguing about the morality of war and applying it to WoW is taking things a bit too seriously. This is a fantasy game, and you're given two rich options to explore when you create your hero. I chose to play Horde, and my paladin embraced the Light, became a Crusader of the Argent Crusade, and defeated the Lich King by the side of his friends and companions. How does that make my hero evil when compared to an Alliance paladin who did the same? No, the difference is that my paladin values freedom and glory, and loves being in a society that relishes individuality over tradition and fealty, which does not diminish the value of being in the opposite.They both have their virtues, and they both have their failings, to be sure. Each faction is a rich and interesting choice. And that's what this article is about. It's good to be proud of your faction, but it's not good to ridicule someone else for their opinion, or to accuse someone attempting to offer another explanation of the old Alliance vs. Horde debate of justifying genocide.To accuse someone of that would be acting like fourteen Hitlers. j/k
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