So, lets see if we can't work out a way to redeem the Night Elves and Tyrande.
Obviously, we can't write the story. We can, however, try and get the vibe we are after towards Blizzard.
What Night Elves need is fire. They need pride. They need to be self sufficient. They need to lose something they hold dear. A constant source of strength.
They need to experience a darkness, a bleak outlook that suffocates them. That drains the very hope from their beings. They need to exist for nothing. Nothing but vengeance and rage, and pure stubbornness to not give in. They need to fight against the Orcs, not to win, but for the sole purpose of denying them what they want.
They need to lose Elune.
I know, I know. But Ferlion!, you might be asking, Elune is the backbone of Night Elf society! Her light has guided the Night Elves through Tyrande for 10,000 years, you are saying.
And that's all true. And it's exactly why she needs to be removed from the Night Elves. Not "Haha, suckers, Elune's a Naaru".. Gone. Cut off from the Night Elves beloved leader, but still a very real diety.
"And how would you do this Ferlion, if you were in charge of the story?" asks the Blizzard/
Well, Thanks for asking guys. I appreciate the back and forth here guys! I really do.
First, I'd take a look back in the annals of Warcraft history and pull out an old mystery. Garrosh is bad news. He's mean, and he's after one thing. The big W. He wants all of Azeroth under his thumb, and to do that he needs Ashenvale. He needs it's lumber and it's resources so he can churn out bigger, badder and better war machines. And he doesn't have a limit to how far he is willing to go.
His Shaman are researching into summoning corrupted elementals from the firelands, twisted Kraken from the depths of the ocean. But I'm interested in his warlocks.
"Ohh? His Warlocks?"
Yeah, his warlocks. His warlocks who have been told the story of the Legion invasion on Dreanor. His warlocks who find the Red Mists interesting. His warlocks who discover the secret, and carpet bomb Ashenvale, Stonetalon, Darnassus and Hyjal.
His warlocks who cut out the light of Elune from every Night Elven man, woman and child in those area's. Including Tyrande.. His warlocks who deprive the Night Elves of the very cornerstone of their society. And have Velen grieve, and say that no Naruu can cure the ailment.
And then, when the Night Elves are left cut off from their goddess, have their goddess reveal herself. Have her give a mandate to her children.
"But didn't you just say you don't want Elune involved, OR be a hard light construct of chimey evilness?"
She isn't. She's a diety. A full fledged goddess of Azeroth. Or she was, before those who believed in her lost their connection to her. It's weakened her. Turned her into a shell. But more importantly, she's a mother who just lost the ability to sense her children. A mother who may never again enjoy the sounds of their voice, asking for help. She's a mother who's become uneeded in the lives of her children. She's a mother who has to tell her children she's dying from cancer.
And she's pissed. And it's all the Orc's fault.
And like good children, the Night Elves want to do one last act for their poor, sick mother.
They'll bring her justice. And they'll revel in it. And when their mother passes, and the last bit of hope and light fades from the Night Elven lands..As the Blessings on Ashenvale begin to degrade, and the sun peaks through Moonglade for the first time in recorded history...
Have the trees dripping in the blood of those who refuse to join against the Orcs.
The hounds of war need to be released. And they need to be after blood. They can't just be content for the throat. They need to nip at the heels of their enemies, let them feel every last bite, scratch, and tear.
They need to stop caring about the Alliance. About their nation. About everything.
And it needs to be Tyrande at the forefront. And once their beaten, broken, and vengeance filled husks? You need to give them back hope. A potential way to counter the red mists, and bring back their goddess. This time, not as someone to protect them, but as someone to be protected herself.
You need to rebuild them.
Least, that's my idea.