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12-21-2011 @ 5:26PM
The issue I've had with Tyrande since Warcraft 3 is that her portrayal in the game seems to be pretty inconsistent. In Warcraft 3 she struck me as a headstrong person ruled by their passions, aloof and somewhat cold-hearted (not traits I would associate with a priestess of a deity that seems almost completely devoted to peace and tranquility). She recklessly kills off the wardens of Illidan's Barrow prison and releases him from imprisonment, stating that Malfurion has no right to deny her anything.In Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne her behavior seems to have been ramped down a touch, although she still comes across as brash and more a warrior of Elune than a priest dedicated to Elune's ideals... but there's less headstrong arrogance to her words and actions. Then in WoW she seems more in the priestly vein, removed from the major political structures and less involved in the day-to-day affairs of the Night Elf people. She does have some strong moments (e.g. the Eranikus questline and events), but she's more or less a background character.Personally, I don't think either her or Malfurion are really what the Night Elves need in a faction leader. Malfurion is too far removed from most Night Elves, and his focus is better consolidated on the Cenarion Circle and more wide-ranging Druid affairs of Azeroth. Tyrande has a similar issue in that her focus is first on the Night Elf religious society devoted to Elune, and the Night Elf state comes second. I think a more martial example like Jarod Shadowsong would serve the Night Elves best in Alliance affairs and their issues with Horde expansionism and aggression. Malfurion and Tyrande both mean well, but their attention is just too divided.
12-21-2011 @ 8:21PM
Jarod doesn't seem to have enough confidence in himself to be the leader (plus it seems wrong that someone who left night elf society for so long should ever rule it). Tyrande and Shandris would probably make a good ruling duo ala Sparta. Tyrande could deal with matters of state, while Shandris could be the leader of military affairs. This way, Tyrande could focus more on her priestly duties, and Shandris wouldn't be required to report to her for major decisions. They would be fairly equal in power, but would still need to value each other's opinions (they have a great relationship so this wouldn't be a problem). The largest issue is that it wouldn't be much of a change except that Tyrande would have a better peace of mind, and Shandris can make decisions before consulting with Tyrande (Tyrande never really disagrees anyway).
12-21-2011 @ 8:54PM
I'd agree there, Shandris probably would be a good pick for faction leader for the Night Elves. Definitely better than either Tyrande or Malfurion, in my estimate... both of whom seem to deal with matters larger than the Alliance vs. Horde dynamic (e.g. rampaging Aspects, Incursions by supernatural evils, Old Gods, etc.) I like Jarod Shadowsong as a character, and he seems to be in the mold of a natural leader and facilitator, but he has been out of the spotlight for a good while and it would be weird for him to step into those shoes just now. Perhaps a coalition of Jarod Shadowsong and Shandris Feathermoon?
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