Monthly Archives: August 2018

For Honor

I’ve been silent a long time, but this pre-patch business is giving me major feels right now guys.

Quick preface: back in December of 2017 I quit my job and moved to a new apartment within the same week. Due to a number of other compounding factors which I won’t get in to right now, I ended up depressed and pretty much crippled with anxiety. I more or less stopped playing WoW for several months aside from the occasional log in to poke at the mission board. Long story short, I’m doing a whole lot better now and I’m back to doing the things I love. One of those things, obviously, is World of Warcraft. I came back in time to wrap up the expansion just before the pre-patch dropped on my head.

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I was well aware that the Horde would be burning Teldrassil. It was kind of hard to avoid that particular plot point. Still, as a long-time Night Elf druid, it was a bitter pill to swallow. Teldrassil is where my journey as Sylv began so many years ago. Seeing it burn to ash is rough.

But even if I’m peeved at the canonical loss of our world tree, I’m going to admit that I love the story so far. I love Sylvanas’ role as a morally questionable warchief. I love the ruthlessness of her tactics. I did the quests on both Horde and Alliance side and they both made sense to me. I don’t have to like something for it to make sense. I don’t have to like that the Horde invaded Sylv’s homeland and burned Teldrassil to admit that it makes sense in a tactical sort of way. It’s not a question of “was Sylvanas right to burn the tree?” It’s a matter of “was it a sound war tactic to do so?” And yes. I think it was.

This brings us to Varok Saurfang. I love him. I’ve loved him since Icecrown Citadel when he retrieved the body of his son after we killed him. Saurfang stands for the Horde I remember when I first started playing WoW, many many eons ago. There is a sense of honor and duty that Sylvanas and her henchmen lack. I think this creates a fascinating dichotomy within the Horde. One one hand we have the warchief and leader of the Horde committing what could easily be described as atrocities, if not outright war crimes; on the other, we have the old school Horde, Thrall’s Horde, bound by a sense of honor and a code of conduct that Sylvanas does not adhere to. It’s an interesting bipolarity and I’m excited to see how it plays out further into the new expansion.

Sylvanas serves Sylvanas and the Forsaken. Sylvanas does not serve the Horde. Her people are a member of the Horde out of necessity, and I would argue that the Forsaken do not hold the Horde or its citizens in very high regard. A Forsaken’s definition of loyalty is limited to their own kind and their own preservation. I don’t think you will catch a Forsaken throwing down their life to defend a Tauren, or an orc. Here we have a warchief whose sole motivation is preserving her own people and their way of (un)life. I think this bias is going to come out during the BfA expansion and will ignite resistance among the rest of the Horde’s people. We’ve already seen a tiny flicker of resistance from Saurfang in the cinematic. Will he continue to serve and fight alongside a banshee queen who spits on the code of honor he follows? I doubt it.

I’m an unapologetic Sylvanas fan girl, don’t get me wrong, but right now my heart is rooting for Saurfang, for the orcs, for the old Horde that bleeds honor and valor in combat. For honor.

For the Horde.

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