As someone who played a Night Elf main up until wrath, and still consider himself a Night Elf fan up until Cataclysm, when their society just became too disfunctional to admire, This is a supremely depressing CDev. We learn that a lot of their power and flavor in WC3 was the result of alliances of convenience, and that Cenarius is being willfully ignorant/hyper-neutral of the Orcs grevious crimes against nature in Ashenvale, Azshara, Stonetalon, and etc. To top it off, we recieve yet another hint that Elune, far from being a wild, beautiful, ferocious nature goddess, is yet another scion of The Light. The Night Elves had so much potential WCIII, and it's very sad to see it constantly squandered. It's especially disappointing that these answers suggest that Cenarius and the rest of the Ancients will stay neutral, rather than help the Night Elves free Kalimdor from the Horde in the post-Hyjal era as we once hoped.
As far as the Sylvanas answer goes, I can't help but think it's either Brilliant or Horrible. It solves nothing.
For Sylvanas, it's a sure sign that Sylvanas is not evil, that she simply gives the Risen the choice of servitude.
For Alliance, it's a sign she's evil. She kills people, raises them against their will, and then exploits their necromantically-induced pain and anger to sic them on their friends and comrades. Then, when they come to their senses and grasp what they've done, she threatens to kill them unless they serve her. All this seems to pretty clearly make her a manipulative autocratic dictator and slavemaster, and just as evil, if not more so, as when we assumed she used straight up mind control. The Forsaken are basically North Korea now, at best.
So if it was meant to fan the flames and keep the argument going, it was brilliant. If it was meant to end the argument, it was horrible.
On stuff I liked:
I liked the Garithos answer. Not only do we establish that he was a native of Lordaeron and his army was also fellow natives, we also establish that he was basically the highest ranking person not dead and not as important as some Horde like to argue. Also, it establishes that his army was one of refugees and survivors who just trying to survive and take their homes back, and may have not been directly as involved in his racist theories and beliefs as he was. In other words, we have confirmation that Sylvanas murdered the people of Lordaeron in cold blood, which puts the lie to her insistence in modern times that the Forsaken are the true sons and daughters of Lordaeron, patriots simply trying to keep their hold on their ancestral land. They are as much thieves and robbers as rightful inhabitants, guilty of fratricide on a staggering scale.
I liked the answer for the Harvest Witches too. Even as CDev is slowly turning the Night Elves into yet another band of Light Worshippers, giving the Gilneans their own unique pagan magics and beliefs is a welcome bit of diversity, and I love that its specifically NOT druidism. It's a bit of a bummer that it was completely absorbed by druidism, but at least it was there.
Also, Kudos on the Med'an answer, which is basically "Med'an died on his way to his home planet" without completely decanonizing him. The "wonderfully unique" line made me chuckle.
Edited by Jaelara on 9/5/2012 4:44 PM PDT