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1-18-2012 @ 4:01PM
*One of the aspects of this conflict that I think will need to be sharpened is the tendency to try and show that neither faction is composed of plaster saints or Snidely Whiplash clones. We'll need to see the Alliance attack more often, more aggressively, and in a more convincing manner than the half-hearted Camp Taurajo massacre. No more We tried to leave them an escape route through the Quillboars; we had no idea the Quillboars hated them so much! back doors out of looking bad. We need to take a page from the real history of warfare and see the Alliance pull a Dresden, striking hard and without mercy at the Horde, even if it means civilian casualties. We need to see people who we identify with on both sides take actions that normally would be unthinkable.*Holy Mother of THIS.I've said it before and I'll say it again: one of the persistent structural issues the Alliance suffers is the Designated Good Guy Effect, in which the Designated Good Guys trade moral ambiguity for righteousness and almost always come off flatter and less interesting than they should. It doesn't help that many of the Alliance's genuine examples of moral ambiguity tend to be either brushed off as "justified" reactions or else softened to the point that any potential dramatic tension is sucked right out of them. The Alliance should have edges and those edges should draw narrative blood -- good blood, bad blood, both work and would have awesome story impact.Similarly, the Horde could do with kicking a few less puppies and at least one major "hey, I'm looking into the abyss -- AND OH MY ANCESTORS IT'S LOOKING INTO ME TOO AND IT HAS TENTACLES!!!!!" moment, as well. I'd almost consider it author saving-throw levels of character development if Garrosh Hellscream has this moment and flinches back from doing something utterly unforgivable as a consequence.
1-18-2012 @ 7:05PM
You are totally right. You can still kick-ass, do morally and ethically questionable things, and still be the good-guy big damn hero that everyone loves.Less Tirion Fordring, more Malcolm Reynolds.
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