“Alliance of Convenience”
Those words, spoken the very first time a Forsaken character logs on, tells us where the faction is going.
The moment the Forsaken no longer
their horde allies, they will break away. It’s as simple as that.
Throughout leveling up on the horde side we see the Forsaken preparing their “New plague”. At face value the “New Plague” appears to merely be a concoction that will affect the Scourge, but not the Forsaken.
A while back though, maybe even a couple years, I remember an employee at Blizzard mentioning on the forums that the Forsaken desired a plague that would effect all races except for themselves.
Looking around, this becomes obvious as the Forsaken are obviously seeking out the weaknesses within the physiology of all their fellow races.
When the Burning crusade came out, I read a number of Lore enthusiasts posts about how happy they were to see the Forsaken beginning to care for their fellow horde. The Forsaken had taken such an interest in the Fel Orcs! Hmm.
Do I think the Forsaken want an army of Fel Orcs? Not necessarily. Do I think they’re looking into it to discover a means to irreparably damage the orcish race if needed? Absolutely.
There’s also the small quest where horde watch the Forsaken gleefully poison and kill a female Tauren who came to them for help.
The Forsaken obviously already know what weaknesses humans have. Perhaps what works on humans will work fine on dwarves and gnomes too.
The Forsaken have also been at work studying the Night Elf barrow dens, even harming the slumbering druids within.
The WoW.com story “Unbroken” also reveals that it was a red mist that transformed a chunk of the Draenei population into Broken. Yet another chemical for the Forsaken to harness.
If you want a real nail in the coffin for the “Forsaken are about to cause problems” argument, check out the Horde questline “Nothing But the Truth”.
So what keeps the Forsaken in line? Well, they’re not done with their studies yet. And they’re still outnumbered. Although The Burning Crusade partially changed that.
The Blood Elves, unlike any other races on Azeroth, seem more as brethren to the Forsaken than mere allies. Obviously Sylvanus was one of them, but the Blood Elves also share the same fate as being forsaken themselves.
When the Forsaken leave the Horde, it is likely the Blood Elves would follow. Afterall… the Forsaken are primarily why the Blood Elves are part of the Horde in the first place.
Who else could go with them? That’s another post. But I think the likely future “Maelstrom” expansion could hold some of the answers when a new race is added. The 1-10 starting zone is already on the map, Gilneas, with Silverpine Forest serving as its 11-20 zone.
So there you go. The fact that the Forsaken will leave the Horde is no big mystery. The real question we should be asking is, “What will they leave in their wake?”