Varian Wynn has a misconception. Yeah, so what? Every player with a Horde symbol on his or shirt would tell you the same thing. But this misconception is particularly interesting.
What is it about?
It’s about the Undercity.
Say what you want about King Varian Wynn. This isn’t a judgement of his character… more or less just criticism regarding something he said, and more specifically the sheer amount of players one runs across who didn’t pause to consider what Varian said.
So what was this line? Let’s set the scene… Go back to when WotLK was new… to the Wrathgate.
As an Alliance player, you storm the Undercity with King Wynn. Together, you defeat Grand Apothecary Putress. Then, with Putress dead at your feet, King Wynn yells:
“Look around you, brothers and sisters. Open your eyes! Look at what they have done to our kingdom!”
This line is fine in and of itself. It works with Wynn’s character. He’s going to feel that way. Players, however, should know it makes little sense.
“Look at what they have done to our kingdom!”
When did Lordaeron belong to the people of Stormwind? Or to the Alliance as a whole? It never belonged to the dwarves or the high elves or any of the other human kingdoms.
Lordaeron… belongs to the people of Lordaeron.
And who are these people?
They’re the former Scarlet Crusade/Onslaught.
They’re a portion of the Argent Dawn/Crusade.
They’re a small number of exiles in Stormwind.
And finally… they’re also the Forsaken.
Consider that. Love ’em or hate ’em, the Forsaken are the people of Lordaeron. The liberated undead tend to be treated by NPC’s and players alike as if they appeared out of the thin air.
The Forsaken, like the Blood Elves, are a former Alliance faction who have joined the Horde.
The Forsaken are the people of Lordaeron… still living in Lordaeron.
So with respect to King Varian Wynn, whether we like it or not, it’s the people of Lordaeron’s city and they can do with it what they want. The only parties who have a right to complain either don’t exist anymore (Scarlet Onslaught), don’t care (Argent Crusade), or are a minuscule minority (exiles) compared to the liberated undead.
Consider that the next time you’re in a lore forum or witness an RP’er prattling on about “taking back the Undercity”! It was already taken back from Arthas by the people who originally lived there.