What a load of bull.
The most disorienting and disheartening thing about this game - and the lore redesigned to accommodate it - is that Azeroth is a world full of moral cowards who are basically just poorly written authorial mouthpieces, devoid of even a sliver of realistic or relateable context or counterpoise. Every time some braindead thrall chatters about neutrality in game, they are basically saying: "the two faction status quo makes us money! It can not be allowed to change! The subscriptions must flow!" I consider every one of them to be basically mind controlled by the insane Old God Meh'Zhen of the Thousand Trolls. Heaven forbid any sort of guilt or crime sticks to the karma Houdini mary sue faction that the devs touch themselves to whenever they get to work. The Horde is basically a sparkly vampire that can kill and !@*!@#@* left and right but that will always be loved. Always. And if a character don't love thy enemy, they're BAD and WRONG.
Which is only a bad thing that hurts immersion when it is so pathetically one sided.
It doesn't take a warrior culture to know better. For five thousand years here in the real world people have known that, when at all possible, it is better to end wars with overwhelming force, creating a quick transition from the conflict phase to post-conflict resolution. As WW1 taught us, among a great many other wars, extended conflicts create political environments that are difficult to mend. The multitude of so called "neutrals" in WoW are ridiculous because, as is clear to anyone, if they had actually taken part in the war - on either side - it would have been over ages ago. Instead they prologue the war by cheerfully sitting on the sidelines, no matter how this or that should offend their sensibilities or, well, endanger their families that they don't give a rat's !@# about (druids, I'm looking at you).
World of Warcraft: we were billed on a World War, but instead, we were given a Phony War, where then as now part of the "Alliance" does nothing while the other half gets steamrolled. Yet there, at least, there was the firm resolve to fight to the end, not to depose or remove ONE MAN, but to abolish the system that empowers and allows that one man to so shatter the world order. It was a war against an institution that had proven it could not coexist with its neighbors. Sadly, we all know there will be no such resolution in WoW.
We've seen how humans react to things like Theramore. We've seen, damn near a hundred bloody years after gas first hit the trenches in Ypres, how governments respond to the threat of these sorts of weapons. I wish the Alliance had the ability to break the chains of authorial bondage and respond in kind: with our own gnomish chemical weapons against the Forsaken plague, with our own mana bombs, with our own blockade.
As Bomber Harris quoted, "they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind."
My heart would sing if Orgrimmar could be isolated and left to starve. Why assault it at all? Without food and fresh water, the orcs there would succumb to starvation and dehydration and disease in a few months or less. Blood and Thunder, but no bread and water. How long before they do to Garrosh what all peoples do to leaders who lead them to ruin? Would they string him upside down to hang alongside those who supported him, like Mussolini? Or would a hungry mob simply tear him apart?
And while Orgrimmar starves, Thunder Bluff and Silvermoon and the Echo Isles can flourish and come into their own, liberated and free and independent... neutral, even. Oh, to dream that the Alliance humans would act like real human beings and not toothless, feckless caricatures. We need a Wellington, hell, we need a Napoleon, an Eisenhower, a Zhukov or Konev or Suvorov, a Caesar or even a Grant or Sherman. Anything. Instead, all we Alliance characters have are Quislings... and cowards in equal measure. How is this believable? How is this immersion? How is this interesting?
I read about people extolling their love of medieval fantasy. How do you think any medieval or even classical society would respond to this? That is what I would love. Of course... I doubt Bliz would be able to fit ten thousand crucified or impaled corpses along the road to Stormwind into the game's ERB rating. Fair enough.
But at least make the war a real war. A bloody war.
So far, for five years, it has been a joke.
Have Southshore. Have WPL. Have Theramore. Have it all.
But let there be a bloody and terrible whirlwind to come.
Edited by Sardana on 12/5/2012 2:55 AM PST