Submitted by marie-morgenstern
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- Arthas Menethil
I went to my dear friend Corbin’s birthday party today and this was his awesome cake!!! For the frekin’ Horde!!!!
HELL YEAH HELL FUCKIN YEAH HELL YEAH
Steal his look
Green trash bag
- An unsubtle quip about how players have been asking for Brown Orcs and other darker skin tones for their models, yet the only news about new skins is to make worgen whiter? Why uh, why is that?
- A similar question pointing out that every race that has human skin tones has a white option, but gnomes, dwarves and blood elves don’t have a dark skin option. Any plans to change that?
- A very carefully worded question about how Wrathion and Anduin are really funny together, are there any plans to reunite their friendship? Maybe get a cool black dragon as an ally to the Alliance? You’re not going to throw him down the villain hole and get him killed off are you?
- Is it true the next expansion is going to be called ‘A Million Orc Cocks in My Mouth’?
- Where’s Sabellian
- Where the LGBT+ characters at
- Where the fuck is Thassarian and why haven’t Tirion or Darion even talked about Syvlanas yet?
- WHY IS GALLYWIX STILL HERE
- When are blood elves gonna fix the other half of their city like for reals I’m not even asking for flying I just wanna see SOME kind of development in a zone that’s almost 8yrs old ok
- What happened to the Zandalari and their whole island of people that are now displaced? Bonus points if you resolve that without a troll raid.
- Are we ever going to have a female character lead expansion, since every expansion so far has been “Male heroes 99.9% of the time- everywhere”.
- Is there going to be a expansion where Orc Cocks AREN’T flying everywhere?
- Considering you have stated that there is no, or little, gender inequality on Azeroth for most races, is it true then that you all view ‘equality’ as ‘Men and, with humans and human-like races, white dudes EVERYWHERE and oh random chick”?
- Are you ever gonna reconsider about taking Silvermoon out of 2007?
- How much orc cocks are you going to give us until you’re satisfied?
- Please help Genn Greymane.
Dear Blizzard, you seem to be confused about something. It’s ok. It’s obvious your writers were never Literature majors and so It’s normal to be confused about some concepts. As such, because you are so… wrong about something, I felt the need to correct you on this as is natrual for a person with just enough time on their hands who is on the internet.
All snark aside, right here is the problem in question-
I am going to explain to you a thing called "Poetic Justice". First of all, click that link. Let us look at the description.
“Poetic justice is a literary device in which virtue is ultimately rewarded or vice punished, often in modern literature by an ironic twist of fate intimately related to the character’s own conduct.”
So let us look at the scenario you described as Poetic Justice; the act of Garrosh being killed by Thrall.
In the case of Poetic Justice, Garrosh DID get what was coming to him as by his vice, and he was punished. But let us look at the second portion- “-punished by a ironic twist of fate intimately related to the character’s own conduct.” And, if one were to look only narrowly at his treatment of the Elements during his reign, and if that was a major narrative within that scene, one could perhaps make a decent argument about this death being Poetic Justice. The problem is that that was NOT the narrative. So, that was obviously not poetic justice for his behavior there.
In which case, if we look at the narrative of the scene, it is “Thrall kills Garrosh because Garrosh failed the Horde, and Garrosh blamed Thrall for his failure because Thrall appointed him Warchief.” How is any of that related intimately to the sins that Garrosh committed? In fact, none of Garrosh’s sins intimately affected Thrall. Thrall was on the sidelines until the last moment of the siege. The only way this narrative works is if you dig down deep and grade “not listening and learning from Thrall” as a vice worthy of death. The only way you can equate this narrative as a intimate relation to action and result is if you proceed to equate Thrall with the Horde, as Thrall being the Heart of the Horde. But this fails, as Thrall is no longer the Warchief. As he admitted at the end of Mist of Pandaria that he was NOT with the Horde during it’s darkest hour. That he was no longer the one to lead. And before that, he had left the Horde in Cataclysm.
In which case, perhaps you mean Garrosh’s vice which lead to Thrall killing him was Garrosh’s actions on Draenor. In which case, I would like to point out this is a alternate version of history that has no connection other than resemblance to Thrall, that may in the long run actually benefit that particular timeline since you know. No demon blood. No camps. Draenei will have a better shot of living. Need I stop?
Or, perhaps you meant that the death of Garrosh is a reward for the virtue of a Thrall. In which case-
That is a icky narrative. Stop. Also if the act of killing Garrosh was a reward for Thrall, that says world of uck about his character that paints him far more as a villain, and really rewarding virtue with “hey you get to kill this guy” is not good. And, it also ignores that in this case there are far more virtuous characters with far more compelling reasons that Garrosh’s kill would be a reward for their virtue that would not be so much “You dishonored me and the Horde” (the second part which is not intimate) and would rather be “You killed and tricked my people and wiped them off the face of the map” and “you tried to kill me and oppress my people killing them if they even spoke my name” and “You painted my land red with blood, awoke long dead monsters, and destroyed our most sacred place” which… kinda make legitimate the ‘kill as reward’ grossness.
And here is the crux of it. If your goal was symmetry or poetic justice you failed in both with Garrosh being killed by Thrall. Symmetry would not be two old Warchief’s duking it out. Symmetry would be the new Warchief killing the Old for the crimes that lead the new Warchief to become who he now is and gain his role. It would be Vol’jin fulfilling the promise he made back at the beginning of Cataclysm and having it be his arrow to pierce Garrosh’s black heart.
Poetic Justice would be Vol’jin killing Garrosh for his crimes against Vol’jin’s people and Vol’jin himself- see, intimate! Because it was Garrosh’s command that drove the knife through Vol’jin’s neck. It was Garrosh that mocked and literally spat on Vol’jin. It was Garrosh who tried to drive the Darkspear away from the home they had finally found.
Or, Jaina killing Garrosh for Poetic Justice. Jaina who gained new powers and place in the world because of Garrosh attacking her and bombing her people. Jaina who even then kept the doors for the Horde open only to be betrayed. Jaina who sought so mightily to see this Horde she had come to despise dead, then destroying the symbol of it? The one who caused it to become a rabid dog she needed to put down? To kill Garrosh would be justice.
Or, Taran Zhu killing Garrosh. Taran Zhu who felt himself consumed by a Sha that Garrosh’s orders unleashed. Taran Zhu who fought beside the Horde to only see them and himself crushed beneath this “True Horde’s” heel. Taran Zhu who fought with Garrosh at the beginning of the siege, finding and finishing the job with skills he learned from the new people on his shore along with the Ancient Might of Pandaria that Garrosh so coveted and yet so misused.
In all these cases, Garrosh evil actions that intimately affected the lives of these characters would come full circle to punish him with death.
Poetic Justice. It has a meaning. It has a punch. It has a narrative. It is not what you think it is Blizzard. I suggest to not tick off your fans, and to create better stories, you get out of the mindset that Orcs are central to the Horde or even to Azeroth, or even to the narrative you have developed leading up to here. That hasn’t been the case for a long time. You have put other characters and races with more weight in the Narrative and you cannot just ignore this for more Orcs.
In summary: Learn how to Narrative. And Poetic Justice is not what you think it is.
this is beautiful.
Kilrogg Deadeye, Chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow.
Art taken from his character page: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/characters/kilrogg-deadeye
Dalaran City is a magocratic city-state which was once located by the Lordamere Lake on the Alterac Mountains shore in the Eastern Kingdoms. With the beginning of the War against the Lich King its leaders, the Kirin Tor, have used their powers to move the city over the Crystalsong Forest in Northrend.