Apr 26th 2009 4:27PM I love Varian. I think the fact that he's acting in a very realistic manner and has reasonable issues with the Horde make him a very neat character. And don't get me wrong, I like the Horde a lot, they have very interesting characters. But I play Alliance and I can totally get behind Varian.
My favorite race in the game is the Undead, but even I know better than to try and play it off like they aren't malicious and evil. The entire setup for the Forsaken is that they are aligned with the Horde, until it suits their best interests. Here's a bit of color from the WoWWiki page on the Forsaken:
"The Forsaken made allies of the Horde out of necessity and convenience. They have no love for orcs, tauren or any other living creature, but they need time to strike against the Scourge and allies to help them do it. The Forsaken claim that they joined the Horde to prove their desire to leave their evil ways behind, but no one really believes this. The Horde accepts the Forsaken’s help, as they do indeed have a common enemy: the Scourge. The Horde is leery of the Forsaken’s tactics, however, and keeps watchful eyes on them. This caution is justified. "
And that is what is running unchecked through the horde, alongside the Garrosh-types who harbor nothing but bloodlust for the human race.
It's easy to get the motivation for Varian. If some invading force showed up and killed my father, then my uncle when I went to live with him, then ambushed me at a peace summit, then killed my best friend and my son's godfather? Anyone who labels that as "emo" needs a reality check. Varian is TOTALLY in the right to feel the way he does.
Mar 24th 2009 8:54PM K3 wouldn't be bad for a neutral AH, but the one in Tanaris isn't that far if you have access to Dalaran. Hop into the Viloet Citadel and port to the Caverns of Time, from there, a 2 minute jaunt on mount. Not the MOST convenient option, to be sure, but not horrible.