Basically, what I'm looking for is a few opinions on whether or not I should roll my Pandaren monk as an Alliance or a Horde character. I'm mostly an Alliance player, but I'd be interested in trying the Horde out as something new with this character. As most of my RP since Cataclysm has been nelf-centric and based out of Kalimdor, I've sort of lost my sense of what's going on in broader Alliance roleplay, and I pretty much know nothing about the going-ons Horde-side.
The character himself is an adaptable sort, and should be able to make a happy home within either faction. He's neither strictly Tushui nor Houjin, but instead adheres to a personal philosophy that takes elements from both. He's both a healer and a fighter, but has dedicated his life mostly to the practice of traditional pandaren medicine (which I have based mostly off of TCM--traditional Chinese medicine). The "twist" with the character is that he's no more a sagely old physician than he is an orc; the reality of the situation is that, out of the same shop where he sells his services as a healer, he also traffics all manner of illicit substances. On the Wandering Isle, he was both a renowned physician and an infamous brawler, gambler, and dealer. He gained some public notoriety, of which he was quite proud, and held a secure position as one of the leaders of the Isle's underground community. Wherever he winds up, he will most likely be trying to emulate this experience.
Personality-wise, he's loud and amicable; the kind who likes to draw attention to himself, but is far above making a fool of himself to do so. He is constantly exuberant, and always tries to make the best of any situation for himself. In this way, he is quite enterprising. He is passionate and ambitious, but is also intelligent, shrewd, and present. While on the surface he appears to be the definitive pandaren, he posses what is truly a hedonistic soul, with little regard for the values of his people. What makes him different from the heroes of pandaren society is his commitment to pleasurable experiences and personal advancement, and the twisted morality that justifies his way of life.
I expect that my experiences with the character will be entirely different, depending on where he winds up. I can imagine having a lot of fun with either faction, though, and that's why I need some help making a choice. With which faction do you think he would fit better? Which community do you think he's more prone to flourish in? What kind of options are out there for roleplay of this nature, which delves into mature topics like substance usage and moral corruption?
And, of course, if you think you or your group might happen to be interested in roleplaying with my character, then that’s super exciting. :D