Yesterday I was sifting through my google reader when this little gem popped up from WoW.com. In it, Allison Robert (who’s writing style I love, btw) makes a spectacular argument for why Varian Wrynn isn’t just an unfit leader and total jerkface, but also why he’s a fool and how his actions are actually serving to further damage the Alliance rather than help it. She points out how he’s allowing personal vendettas and his understandably unbalanced emotions to dictate Alliance policy, further fracturing the tenuous peace in place with the Horde. If you haven’t read it already, I suggest you go read it right now, but be prepared as it’s a long one.
One thing about this article is how it highlights the fact that more and more lately, these two political superpowers are on a collision course to full scale war against each other again. With Wrynn baying for blood and Garrosh’s growing influence over Horde policies and it’s military, it’s only a matter of time until a small spark sets off the powder keg that is the Horde-Alliance diplomatic relationship. And on that day, Dueg will stand upon the ramparts, looking down at the milling armies of his enemies, and say, “It’s about fucking time”.
Yes, I’m a warmonger. I identify with my Blood Elf priest much more than I ever did with my dwarf (or my night elf, or my human) priest and I can say that I’ve grown tired of Varian Wrynn being all emo and whiny. “Oh, the horde killed my parents, the horde enslaved me and threw me in an arena which made me the totally awesome fighter I am today, boo hoo, woe is me”. Barf. Look, the fact is that it’s almost universally accepted that Wrynn, though slightly justified, is a total ass who wants only war. So c’mon Wrynn, shit or get off the pot.
I’ve also got some ideas for the coming war, which I call Wrynn’s War (you can use that, Blizzard, you’re welcome), such as how to start it and various things that can be done in game. First off, though I’m loathe to say this as he’s one of my favorite video game characters of all time, Thrall’s got to go. He’s too wishy-washy and always hemming and hawing when it comes to decisive military action. It’s noble to want peace, but when it’s time for war you must put away the diplomat’s pen and I just don’t think Thrall can do that.
So I think that the best way to get the war started, and Jezriyah will have to forgive me for this, is the assassination of Thrall by Varian’s agents followed by a surprise attack on one of the major Horde cities. However, if the Alliance makes the first move, then Wrynn will have an uphill battle trying to convince the other leaders within his faction to go along with it, especially the haughty Night Elves and spiritual Draenei. So the answer is to have an assassination within the Alliance upper echelons orchestrated by Wrynn in order to make it look like a retaliation instead of an offensive. The perfect target? Jaina Proudmoore. Get her and Thrall out of the way and the two loudest voices for peace are gone.
You could even spare Thrall and simply have Jaina assassinated by Wrynn who would then begin an offensive by blaming it on the Horde, but I believe this would lead to a power struggle between Garrosh and Thrall. Thrall will, of course, want peace and most likely try to fight a defensive war while trying to expose Wrynn for the maniac that he is and Garrosh will want to go on the offensive, reveling in the bloodshed like the orc he is. However, that would weaken the Horde in the face of the oncoming enemy, making defeat and annihilation much more like. And we certainly can’t have the Horde losing, now can we?
However it gets going though, an all out war between the two factions would mean a plethora of new ideas and mechanics that would be possible within the game. One idea that I sorely want implemented and would only make sense during war time: Faction specific instances. Think about it, an instance, raid or five man, where the Horde zone in and all the enemies are Alliance or vice versa. You must then fight your way to the end in order to bring down an experimental weapon or kill a top army commander. Raids on cities should also become impossible for the time being as it wouldn’t make much sense for 40 people to stop a war by simply killing the faction leaders. Maybe extra guards or beef them up so all the guards have boss stats, I dunno.
Fact is, this war’s been a long time coming. Wrynn’s begging for it and I for one say we should give it to him, bring him down a notch, beat the tar out of him, and all sorts of other colloquial sayings. What makes me so certain that the Horde would win? Because if there was a war, the Horde would have to win. Wrynn won’t be satisfied until every orc and anyone who stands with them is exterminated to the last man, woman and child. The orcs, who are synonymous with the Horde, only want a place to live, somewhere that they can call home. Garrosh doesn’t want to destroy his enemies, he wants to humiliate them, prove them his lesser and put them in their places. Once that’s done, he’ll return home, satisfied that through might he has made an everlasting peace dictated by the orcs.
So let’s get this show on the road! The time has come to stop pussyfooting around and finally put sword to bone. Blizzard’s done so much to promote animosity between the leadership of the factions lately that anything less than total war would be a let down. Hell’s bells, I think they should devote a full expansion cycle to Wrynn’s War (again, you’re welcome, Blizzard), with war instances and maybe a couple of new Wintergrasp type zones in the middle of both continents from the old world. The only trick would be to make it so that it’s not simply a venue for PvP but also a way for PvEers to get their war on for their factions. No matter what happens though, for Dueg it comes down to three little words:
For the Horde.