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3-21-2012 @ 1:38PM
The Tauren are reeling from the Alliance destruction of Camp Taurjo and the innocents that were slaughtered there along with how the Alliance are carving a road through the Barrens to reinforce Ashenvale, coming from a city that once was, while not neutral, once the home of a woman who was a lot friendlier to the Horde than most humans. You know how Alliance players rage about Southshore? Yeah, Taurjo's a huge rage for Horde players, especially since Taurjo was a hunting camp just outside of their homeland where they felt safe, while Southshore was a holdout on the edge of enemy territory and kinda had to expect that sometime. The Tauren are also dealing with the Grimtotem, the group lead by the woman who poisoned Garrosh' axe so that Cairne died, allying with the Alliance in Stonetallon and creating havoc there while they also are taking advantage of the destruction of Thousand Needles and the Tauren settlement there. Oh, and there's Dwarves digging in their ancestral lands in Southern Barrens, too.Plenty of reason for the Tauren to -not- ally with the Alliance.The Blood Elves have the interesting twist where it seems pretty clear that they'd love to get together with their High Elven bretheren, but there's the itty bitty problem of how they were screwed in the first place by the Alliance general treating Kael'thas, their -freakin prince-, as cannon fodder and worthless to the point that in order to -not die-, he had to ally with the Naga, which was instant death sentence to this jerk of a general. The Alliance didn't extend their hand after Arthas rampaged through their home and destroyed the Sunwell (which was the moment when High Elf and Blood Elf split), the High Elves condemned them for giving in to their crippling withdrawal from the Sunwell's energies and using Fel energy instead, and the only person who reached out to them after it all was their former Ranger High General, Sylvanas Windrunner, a former elf who reached out to her people with assistance and care, and worked damn hard to get the Blood Elves into the Horde...and without her and the Horde the Blood Elves full realize they would have fallen to the continued Scourge threat in their lands. They've less obvious reason for wanting to stay with the Horde vs jumping to the Alliance, but their alliance with the Horde is strong, and Sylvanas continues to assist her former people. The most that the Blood Elves seem to want to do right now is get back on their feet and survive, and play the political handwaving dance that is finding some sort of peace with the High Elves, facilitated by allowing them to also visit the Sunwell. They're -almost- like a definition of North Korea and South Korea...lots of families were split between the two countries and now are kept apart by political differences with only a few points of 'safe' crossover. Go sit in front of Zul'Aman in the Ghostlands and watch the little rp scene between Veressa Windrunner, Haldruon Brightwing and Vol'jin for a bit of a feel of that 'uncertainty'. (Key is to realize that Lor'themar could have sent a military force rather than a nice polite 'I disapprove of this' letter, sticking to his alliance with the Horde by the letter rather than full action)
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