Warning: Parts of this posts include potential spoilers to Cataclysm and the WoW Comics. You have been warned.
Shortly after I finished my post about why the Alliance should have pride in being part of the Alliance, I received this in my inbox:
Dear Pathetic Alliance Lover,
I’ll give you some credit. You got a lot of guts to write that. Defending a bunch of smelly dwarves, ankle biting gnomes, space goats and spineless humans. But the reason your failure of an Alliance lacks the pride is that they have been utterly decimated by the power that is the Horde! But the worst part is that you defended that loud mouth moron of a king. I doubt you would even extend that kind of courtesy to the Horde. Say, defending the son of the greatest warrior the Horde has ever known? Could you do that? Could you prove to the Horde that I… I mean, that Garrosh is just as fit to be warchief as that human lover Thrall?
Signed, Totally Not Garrosh.
P.S. Basic Campfire sux.
Needless to say I was a bit surprised, this mysterious stranger is asking me to make a case that Garrosh would make a good warchief? Well, I enjoy a challenge – and while I know a lot of people don’t share my opinion of Varian, I know for a fact that no one agrees with me when I say: I would support Garrosh as the war chief of the Horde.
I know how that sounds, but believe when I say it boils down to a matter of perspective. I can’t think about this from the same point of view as having pride in the Alliance or saying that I understand where Wrynn is coming from on these issues. I am looking at this matter strictly as a member of the Horde. I’ve played lots of hordies over the years, heck my first loremaster was a blood elf warlock. So what I’m about to say, understand I am saying this as someone who is vastly aware of the issues the Horde is facing.
A lot of people have likened Garrosh’s thinking to that of the Old Horde. By that I mean the days back before Orgrim Doomhammer took up the mantle of Warchief. When the Shadow Council was secretly running everything and the Horde fought amongst each other as much as they did the Alliance. I feel this is a misunderstanding of Garrosh’s political views. Garrosh is someone who believes foremost in seeing the Horde become the dominant force in the world. Many players would take issue with this at first glance, but I question their outburst at Garrosh’s views. After all, isn’t that what the Horde was doing far before Garrosh entered the scene? They attempted to seize control over Ashenvale from the Night Elves, they attempted to drive the dwarves from the mountains of Alterac, and they would generally terrorize and kill any Alliance force that showed up near their doorstep.
Last post I discussed some of the reasons I felt there were to actually be proud to play an Alliance character. They stood against those who would see them dead, they sacrificed their lives in an unknown world for safety back home, and they managed to get Gilneas, Dalaran and Alterac to play nice (a historically difficult task). The Alliance have just as much right to beat their chests just as hard as the Horde. But that only answers half of the question. There is another issue that we must address before I can call this rant about the Alliance done. What happened to Alliance pride? Why don’t we beat our chests like the Horde and scream out a battlecry in the face of an enemy?
Well, there was a little something that happened between the Second War and World of Warcraft. Something that I personally believe to be the downfall of the Alliance sense of pride in itself and only reinforced the pride of the Horde. A little something called The Third War.