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September 14, 2012

AFR #200 – You are cordially invited

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I know some people were unhappy with having the Alliance questline in Twilight Highlands culminate in a wedding, and I can see their point.  The Alliance spent pretty much all of Cataclysm getting kicked in the teeth by the Horde.  It isn’t until you get to the Highlands and meet the local dwarves that you really feel like there’s an Alliance force with a chance of giving the Horde what for, but then how do the Wildhammer respond to blatant Horde aggression?  Do they rally an army and storm Dragonmaw Port?  Do they get together for an orc-killing jamboree?  No, they write a silly song and have a wedding.  All they do to the Horde is steal some cloth.

So, I get why some people are unhappy with the wedding story, but I saw it differently.  As I have mentioned before, I have often felt as though the Alliance is treated as just providing background for the story of the Horde.  It’s very clear what the Horde would do if the Alliance weren’t there, but it’s never been clear what the Alliance would do if the Horde weren’t around.  With the Wildhammer dwarves, I began to feel that here was a piece of the Alliance that really has a story of its own.  Their response to the Horde was not to obligingly step into the line of fire, like most of the rest of the Alliance forces, but simply to grunt: “Bugger off, we’ve got our own business to deal with.”  It gives me hope for the future that maybe Blizzard will give the Alliance a real purpose other than being a speed bump on the Horde’s road to glory and conquest.


  1. I loved the wedding. And I want to get Fanny’s dress for all my female dwarf characters.

    Comment by Karl Gallagher — September 15, 2012 @ 10:12 PM

    • That is a nice dress. 🙂

      Comment by wowafr — September 16, 2012 @ 8:50 AM

  2. I got a real kick out of the whole wedding thing. The Horde is invading, Twilight Forces are threatening to unleash darkness and destruction, and there’s a very good chance that Deathwing will cause Azeroth to crack like a raw egg. What do you do? Have a wedding and give everyone something to celebrate and feel good about, damnit! 🙂 That, and I quite nearly deleted my Horde alts after going through the Twilight Highlands quests on their end, because holy CRAP, Blizzard pulled out all the stops to make them look like complete and total griefing arsebiters. And the Alliance simply swipes a bit of fabric from a Goblin ship (because screw them anyway) and defends their territory while saving their aggression for the REAL bad guys. Good on you, Alliance, don’t sink to their level of asshattery, you take the high road.

    Comment by The Risu — September 17, 2012 @ 2:19 AM

    • Just so. While I’d like to see the Alliance take some more initiative in the story, I don’t want them to just turn around and try to out-Horde the Horde. I want the Alliance to have its own story which has nothing to do with the Horde.

      Comment by wowafr — September 18, 2012 @ 6:05 PM

  3. It’s interesting. I never thought of it like that – in fact, I never gave the wedding a second thought, besides it being the rare ocassion when my (female draenei) paladin wore a dress, but now when it’s written like that… All of a sudden, I like it quite a bit more. 🙂

    Comment by Serenais — September 17, 2012 @ 3:59 AM

    • Oh yes, I’ve made sure to always wear my best for the wedding. 😀

      Comment by wowafr — September 18, 2012 @ 6:06 PM

  4. The wedding was awesome. Not only was it a fun time, but it was humorous and well done overall.
    @ The Risu: I haven’t been completely turned off by the horde itself, but the forsaken have earned a place of un-playability in my heart. From the events of the Wrathgate and Gilneas, and other actions taken where they have proven themselves an enemy of everyone else both living and undead in the world. Sylvanas may have gotten a rotten deal, but anymore I find sympathy lacking and a desire for her to suffer the fate Garrosh is supposed to a strong requisite for both factions. She’s gone too far down the road of backstabbing the horde for them to really care for her anymore… and I am surprised that this hasn’t been a topic of concern for more players.

    Comment by Robert — September 17, 2012 @ 6:02 AM

    • It’s certainly going to be interesting to watch what happens in Sylvanas’ story. Blizzard did a great job of pushing her down a very scary road in Cataclysm and I hope there’s a payoff coming.

      Comment by wowafr — September 18, 2012 @ 6:07 PM

  5. Oh, I fully expect her to try and topple the Warchief at some point. Going to be interesting, when and if, particularly as Blizzard’s been hinting that Thrall isn’t going to be taking over again. Kinda leaves things empty when we finally get rid of Garrosh. (My vote goes to Vol’jin or Baine, for the record!)

    Conspiracy theory of the day: ever wonder what would happen if the Forsaken lead by Sylvanas and the Scourge lead by Bolvar wound up effectively trading places?

    The Wildhammer have some really solid characterization, and I think it’s partially because they aren’t a core member of the Alliance, at least not in gameplay terms. The core members are fairly…bland, to be honest. I’d love to see them spiced up a bit, a la the worgen, who are shown to have a bit of an attitude and the whole struggle between the pride/isolationism and the necessity of reaching out. Scratch that. What I really want is for two member races of the Alliance to have a huge disagreement over policy. No big evil corruption, no Old Gods getting involved, just an honest-to-goodness disagreement on principles and priorities.

    Comment by Moria — September 17, 2012 @ 8:52 AM

    • I think you’re right that being on the outside is what allows the Wildhammer to have such a strong story. We’re able to approach them as outsiders and learn about them, unlike the core Alliance forces which are such a well known quantity at this point.

      Comment by wowafr — September 18, 2012 @ 6:13 PM

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