WOW world of the idea and Kirin Tor quests there

WOW world of the idea and Kirin Tor quests there
These, and many others, are the ideas woven through what is ultimately a really fun way to pass a few hours in game. I don’t mean to sound like all I do when I raid is think deep thoughts – nothing could be further from the truth. Mostly, I gleefully unleash the full arsenal of my character’s ludicrous powers to make big yellow numbers float above the fray until everything that isn’t on my side stops moving and sparkles. But the ideas are there, if you choose to take some time to think about them. And the exploration of those ideas can add something to your experience.

If you leveled up in the Borean Tundra and did the Kirin Tor quests there, you had a choice – you could complete a quest where you torture an agent of Malygos for information, or you don’t get the quests to go over to Coldarra. You don’t progress if you don’t torture a man. This quest is amazingly disquieting, in part because of its stark brutality and in part because it presents you with a simple dichotomy – do you abandon your goals and leave for somewhere else (which is much easier for your World of Warcraft character than it would be for a real live person) or do you do it? Do you torture him? I admit it – I chose to torture him. I never forgot my choice, and I wouldn’t do it again today – just contemplating the action, the idea implicit in it, has been enough to change the way I approach the game. Wow Gold┬áIt’s enriched the game, but also, it’s given me a means to think about something I will hopefully never actually experience.

The interesting thing about Siege of Orgrimmar for me is that it as a raid is designed to show you the consequences of actions taken, including your own. Everything has led up to this moment – ever since we set foot in Pandaria and began recruiting Hozen and/or Jinyu to serve as proxies, we set out on the river that led to this shore. Having done the Horde quests, I remember Nazgrim as a harried but loyal soldier of the Horde who depended on me, trusted me. I was his right hand, effectively – Nazgrim asked me to find him a way out of his predicament and I went forth and made it happen. The entire Jade Forest campaign is a result of my having aided Nazgrim, and worse, of my having been off with Lorewalker Cho while Nazgrim put his plan into motion. Nazgrim’s push into Kun-Lai Summit would have failed utterly without me there to help him. We served together in the Grizzly Hills, we came through Vashj’ir together, and within the week I’ll be killing him. Again, he’s not a real person – what he is really is a chance to contemplate a situation humans have found themselves in over and over again throughout our history, without actually having to go participate in a bloody uprising. What is it like to fight someone you respect who just can’t see things your way? What does it mean to die honorably, and to extend honor even to those you kill? Can there be a just war?

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