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12-02-2011 @ 8:16AM
It's all the Draenei's fault.Okay, I accept that the Draenei were in the right to forsake Argus when Kil'jaedan and Archimonde went on their whole "let's become all-conquering supergods in the name of evulz, yay!" bender, but they could have helped their own case and saved billions of lives in the process.Remember that cinematic in WarCraft III where it's mentioned that the Burning Legion had razed thousands of worlds before even encountering Draenor and Azeroth? That was solely in the pursuit of the uncorrupted Draenei. It would have happened in any case, but it would have been a unchecked and entirely random rampage instead of the focused attempt to exterminate a single entire species. Up until the Draenor incident, the whole cycle went like this:1) The Draenei would land on a planet, typically an inhabited one.2) Instead of a whole "take me to your leader, we have grave news about a nigh-unstoppable threat that is specifically pursuing us" routine, they hide. The few sightings of Draenei that the locals do see tend to breed superstition and mistrust and the Draenei do nothing at all to assist in stopping this.3) The Burning Legion catches up with the Draenei, find out they're bunking up with the native population of the planet, then proceeds to murderdeathkill everyone as the Draenei pack up their gear and escape.4) Repeat until all life in the universe is exterminated.Kudos to the Burning Legion in attempting a modicum of subtlety with Draenor. By that point they figured out that if they just rocked up in full invasion mode like they had with the last several thousand planets they'd razed then that would give the Draenei a chance to escape. THEY at least realised that changing tactics could succeed. The Draenei did not. The Draenei were more concerned with saving their own hides than attempting to break the cycle.Could the Draenei have helped the Orcs? Of course. They could have actually been honest with them; Valen at least knew first hand that the Burning Legion was capable of subtlety when he watched his two bestest buddies corrupted with the promise of power. He would have fallen too if the Naaru hadn't directly told him that Sargeras wasn't on the level. They could have done the same thing BEFORE the corruption on Draenor, they were more than happy to let the Orcs believe that their crashed ship was a holy place without considering that belief could have been turned against them. Or maybe the Orcs weren't worth saving in the eyes of the Naaru and the Draenei.Thinking of the whole thing, I can't help but draw parallels between the Draenei and the Bentuusi from Homeworld. "At least the Beast doesn't pretend to be righteous" indeed.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcN-2l0ON9M#t=5m20s
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