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Old 12-15-2018, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Jon Targaryen View Post
I wonder if they could have kept the Draenei without reducing the Legion-Night elf antagonism. Some kind of closer partnership between them (sort of like the Blood elf/Forsaken relationship). Or did the introduction of the Draenei inevitably have the effect you described?
The thing is, between the draenei and WotA novels, they made the night elves' relationship with the Legion increasingly less personal. Velen had Kil'jaeden and Archimonde as enemies while the eredar are the dark antithesis of the draenei as a whole, making the Burning Legion a personal and thematic antagonist to the draenei and their central protagonist. Meanwhile the personal and thematic antagonists of the night elves - Xavius to Malfurion, Azshara to Tyrande and the satyr to kaldorei as a whole - have since been foisted over to the Old Gods instead.

Which turned the Legion retroactively into less of a proper personal foe of the night elves and more like just a big disaster that happened to them because of the Old Gods. The night elves were the first race to be on the "protect Azeroth" train, but their subsequent detachment from the very conflict that made them relevant in the first place led to them becoming a mere appendage to the "beat up the other faction" train. So their one non-druid appearance in Legion was less about fighting the Legion and more about needing an Alliance counterpoint to the blood elves.

Followed by the culmination of Legion, wherein the night elves should have had as much reason as anyone to be invading Argus in force and putting their ancient enemy down once and for all, but instead we had just draenei, draenei, and more draenei. They - and with them the Alliance and Horde - had been so divorced from the Legion that instead of the draenei of Azeroth being accompanied by their own racial allies from Azeroth to end the threat to Azeroth, when the time came to finally cap the whole thing the story just kept pulling new factions of draenei out of nowhere to help on Argus instead.

So honestly, I'm afraid it's an overlapping consequence of not only the draenei, but the way the Old Gods have been utilized and the way the factions as a whole have been similarly segregated from the Legion narrative.

In that way it almost feels irksome how the whole Velen/Illidan plot ended up boiling down to there being no such thing as fate. By itself that's not a bad thing, but from the way it was handled, it ended up feeling like an excuse. After the Army of the Light had been hinted and predicted since TBC as this vast army of the Legion's many foes from Azeroth and beyond eventually rising to challenge its might, when the time finally came they opted out because WoW is a bad mechanism for something so large and varied, and it felt an awful lot like the "no such thing as fate" was a convenient handwave to explain why such a massive concept involving so many themes and ideas finally culminating in the summary conflict with their shared ultimate foe ended up sputtering and turning out to just be more draenei, more naaru, one human, one elf and one demon.

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