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Tinfoil Hats on. Let's speculate. Let's make some things up.
To be honest, I'm not one hundred percent sure that what I'm about to write is
a TFH entry. It's more just speculative about the nature of the Iron Horde and the Draenor it seeks to rule, and the consequences of its rise. Since I can't actually know
any of that yet, it's certainly speculative, but I have no grand theory in mind to explicate, just a bunch of speculations to lay out.
What we know so far is actually only a tantalizing veneer over all we don't
know. From the time of the initial incursion that creates this new Draenor to the time that we become aware
of it, a certain amount of time has to pass - it takes time to outfit an entirely new kind of army, much less create a new Dark Portal and usurp the connection to our
Azeroth's Dark Portal and invade it, which we've been told will be happening. This leads to a whole host
of questions - what happens during that period of time? How does Garrosh convince the orcs of Draenor that they should listen to him, a completely unknown quantity? He won't be from any tribe they
know of - while he's a member of the Warsong by blood, none of them will recognize him. How does it happen?
I'm fascinated by the idea of this moment. Does he just flat out tell them who he is and where he comes from? While Garrosh is a very cunning tactician capable of deceit, he's also fairly straightforward, so I can imagine him infiltrating the tribal society of orcs on Draenor or
simply strolling up to a Kosh'harg and declaring who he is. Either approach has risks, of course - while violence is forbidden at a Kosh'harg, he could easily be laughed right out of the place, and infiltrating an orc tribe would be very difficult for an outsider.
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