It was pointed out to me that in my future-lore post about the Night Elves I left out a significant piece of the puzzle: Tyrande Whisperwind, Malfurion Stormrage’s significant other.
With all eyes on Malfurion it’s easy to forget he’s only half of a greater whole. It is he and Tyrande together who form the true leader of the Night Elves. To say Malfurion will serve as the catalyst for Night Elf civil war is to say Tyrande will as well.
As of now, Tyrande is in Darnassus serving as an obvious counter to Fandral and his ideas. If you’re curious what Fandral thinks of Tyrande just click on him a few times in game and he’ll be happy to tell you.
When Malfurion returns, however, this will set change in motion. Fandral will now have, what he views as, a true superior to contend with. Remulos will no longer feel the need to bide his time. But what of Tyrande? If Malfurion were the one to begin a catalytic change, then she would be the one to finish and set it in stone.
Malfurion returns. He is in Moonglade (where he woke up). Change begins.
Fandral and Remulos must account for this, but so what? Tyrande is key.
Should Tyrande leave Darnassus to join her love in Moonglade, the priesthood will follow.
And with the priesthood now gone from Darnassus the Darnassians would be forced to finally make a choice. Fandral’s ideals? Or Malfurion/Tyrande’s?
When the dust clears, one would see the sides now galvanized. Moonglade standing bolstered, ready, and Darnassus completely populated with only Fandral’s loyal followers. The gray area would be gone, and that is what I think Tyrande’s role would be in any form of this situation, galvanizing her people.
Malfurion would shatter the status quo with his return and Tyrande would build the new one by rejoining her lover’s side.
Even if the Night Elf civil war were to start for a different reason, Tyrande would still have to choose sides, and by choosing Moonglade would galvanize her people.
The seeds are there. It’ll be fun watching where they grow.