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The Ends and the Means April 14, 2011

Posted by Ben in General Whinging, Moar Ranting.

I wrote a post here on the Asylum Wall last week about Westfall, and how I felt after questing through the zone. Over the weekend, the Know Your Lore column on WoW Insider also featured the Defias Brotherhood. (Coincidence, no, it isn’t, and it freaks me out a little) In the comments on those two posts, there were a few people who felt that both posts painted the Alliance as the bad guy, and excused all the horrible things that Vanessa VanCleef did.

Reflecting on these other opinions, I thought in a larger context of how what we do in Azeroth is connected to a battle between good and evil. As heroes of our respective factions, we are supposed to believe that what we are doing is inherently a right and justified campaign, but does that make it good?

As a young blood elf in Quel’Thalas, is your campaign against the trolls righteous? Is your claim to the land and its resources any stronger than theirs?

What about the troggs in the caves of Dun Morogh? Are they evil, or just in the way of what you want?

In the coming patch 4.1, we’ll be taking up arms against the Zandalari Tribe in Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman. They are the same faction that we collected trinkets and bijous for years ago. Have they become evil, or are their interests simply no longer aligned with our own?

What we’re left with is the age-old question: Does the end justify the means? And are we prepared to deal with the consequences of that we’ve done?



1. Nairu - April 14, 2011

I think one of the good things about the Warcraft universe is that it doesn’t paint the world in black and white. Sure, there -are- factions that are simply evil, like the burning legion and the old gods (although they are more chaotic than evil). But if it comes to the “mortal races of Azeroth” and their little quarrels, it usually depends on your standpoint if they are good or bad. And that is what an interesting story is made of. Too many games just pit you aka “Good Guy” against any bad guy or force or faction, because apparently we all like to be shining heroes. Or do we? I for one prefer a more complex story where you actually pause and think: Wait – is it even right to do what they’re making me do here?

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