Being Horde

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It’s a been around three months since I started raiding hordeside and that’s around enough time for me to consider bringing up my army of alts there. (I am still a gnome at heart ofcourse, and I always poke my raid team about going back to the alliance but hey, that’s not what this post is about.)

I’ve rolled numerous horde alts in the past – often inspired by the Warcraft cinematics I watched. In fact my very first horde toon, an undead warlock, was inspired by the badass murloc-burning guy you see up there. I’m the sort of the player who likes to relate a little bit to my characters – even if they’re only being rolled for something like profession purposes. And so I was quite surprised that when I tried to roll my alts this time around, I found myself somehow unable to play a majority of the horde races. What had changed?

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Why Do We Fight?

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This is a question I have asked myself over and over again over the last week. As a gnome, as a night elf – why do we fight? Why should I trouble myself with the Horde’s war on Garrosh? He’s not my warchief. What can inspire me to run through the gates of Orgrimmar on behalf of my faction?

I’ve thought about the story in all sorts of ways, looked at the flaws in Blizzard’s storytelling, and tried to explain to myself why the wrath of the Alliance has come to equal what seems to be nothing more than apathy. They are content to sit idle over Southshore, Andorhol and Theramore, so why shouldn’t I.

And then, I saw Windle Sparkshine in Dalaran.

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Here was a gnome, with his stately white beard, who walked the streets of Dalaran every night at 9 to light up the magical city.

“His daughter Kinndy was Jaina Proudmoore’s apprentice. She died in the Theramore explosion, and in remembrance Windle lit the lamps with an image of his daughter.” — Tides of War

We are nearing the one year anniversary of Theramore, and in the midst of faction-balances and storytelling issues – it’s very easy to forget the little things. Today, Windle reminded me of them.

Theramore was awful and enraging to everyone. As an Alliance player, I felt immense anger and grief; as a Horde shaman, I was enraged that this was committed in the Horde’s name by the Warchief.

A father lost his beloved daughter, a wife lost her husband, an army lost their commander – and many more whom we don’t know.

When Hellscream’s end draws close, I will make a short trip to Dalaran, to a grieving father. He may not recognise this gnome in a blood elf mechanical suit at the moment, but it’s alright. He will know that when he lights up Dalaran for his daughter, there are those fighting for her and all the others who lost their lives in Hellscream’s madness.

Why do we fight? As an Alliance, I fight in the name of friends I lost to Garrosh Hellscream’s bloodthirst. And as a Horde, I fight to regain my honour.

Embracing the Horde in me?

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Confession time. That screenie is actually my adorable priest many many moons ago. Before there was transmog, before there was battletag, and before there was Garrosh…I was horde. It’s finally time for that update.

This expansion has yet to be kind to me as far as raiding is concerned. I found a lovely guild at the beginning of the expansion but sadly the raiding team didn’t work out, and right now I’m back to the hunt for a good group of folks to raid with. I took the chance to revisit what I want out of raiding and what kind of schedule I’d like to be on. Turns out, I don’t like evening raids as much as I thought. So I’ve decided to change my raiding schedule to be weekend mornings.

As I was writing my post on the recruitment forums, I realised that there were quite a few check boxes I wanted filled: Light schedule, weekend mornings, solid leadership, semi-hardcore environment etc. And even if they check all those boxes, they need to want a discipline priest! So here’s the best part: I found a guild who checked all those boxes and could use a discipline priest. Egads. And that’s not all – the most interesting part is that they’re horde.

The prospect of returning to the horde side is a really interesting development that I didn’t necessarily expect while searching for a raid group. And so here I am wondering, is it time for me to embrace the horde in me?

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Mists of Pandaria: The Return to Fun

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I’m a little late for first impressions but this is a good thing. I’ve been playing far too much to have time to sit down and gather my thoughts on the expansion – and who would’ve thought I’d be having this much fun! It’s really what sums up this expansion in the best way for me. It’s just plain fun, and that’s something that was sorely missed in the last two years.

Here I am, grinning like a kid in a candy store, while I play a game I’ve begun to love again.

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Theramore’s Fall: No Story For You!

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Where do I begin. I was looking forward to Theramore. Really, I was. I even waited until my buddy got home to run it for the first time! And then, I ran it…and came out with mixed feelings of shock, disappointment and a general sense of being annoyed and underwhelmed. Why?

Theramore’s Fall involves the destruction of a city that’s been around since Vanilla – its destruction marks a key turning point in the story of the Horde and the Alliance. It was supposed to foreshadow the war that is to come. And the destruction of her city by the bloodthirsty warchief changes Jaina Proudmoore herself. I expected that event of this magnitude would have some amount of detail shown ingame.

Well, it did none of that.

Warning: This post contains spoilers from Tides of War and the Theramore scenario.

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Memories of Theramore

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I recently read the article by Anne Stickney over at WoW Insider on the history of Theramore, and it got me thinking about my own memories of Theramore from leveling in the pre-Cataclysm world.

Be warned that this post may make some references to upcoming story in Mists of Pandaria – so turn away now if you’d like to avoid spoilers!

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