Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Warning - the remainder of this post contains Cataclysm lore spoilers. Don't read any further if you want to keep the plot fresh.
One of the side effects of trying to avoid spoiling the Horde experience in Cataclysm is that I've been spending a lot of time playing Alliance characters. My gnome is locked out by some weird server-quirk, so I've been playing a human priest instead, which means I've been exposed to some of the new lore about Stormwind via the quests in Westfall.
The general theme of questing in this area is that whilst the war has been going on in Northrend, money has been diverted to the military ahead of the ordinary people. This means that there are a large number of homeless and destitute people who have been driven out of Stormwind and left to fend for themselves in Westfall.
Apparently their beloved king, who appears to have plenty of money available to spend on rebuilding Stormwind, maintaining a huge army and constructing giant statues of himself can't spare a single copper for trivial things like feeding the people, something that the other Alliance races manage just fine. Who does this remind me of ... ?
Oh yes, I remember!
As a player, you're throw into the middle of this, helping to defeat the new Defias leader. Before her identity is revealed, she has you embark on evil quests such as ... errr ... feeding the poor. The same poor homeless people that Wrynn's bully-buys won't even let into their sparkly new castle in Westfall. Yep, there's money for that too.
This makes me extremely uncomfortable as a roleplayer. The game effectively forces me to prop up a fascist dictator and side with him in oppressing the masses. Where's the choice here? Why can't I choose to help the victims of Wrynn's rampant egomania rise up against him?
It seems Orgrimmar isn't going to be the only place that needs a revolution.