The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You’re playing the game, you’re fighting the bosses, you know the how — but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.
The terrifying thing about the upcoming Siege of Orgrimmar isn’t that we’ll be fighting Kor’kron and other Horde loyalists in what Garrosh Hellscream deems ‘The True Horde’, but rather, how in an exceedingly short period of time (less than a year) the Warchief of the Horde has managed to harvest a host of terrifying power based on the seizure of ancient secrets from Pandaria itself. A lot of this comes from the fact that Garrosh Hellscream, as a war leader, hates conventional tactics and strategies – he’s fond of the grand, sweeping gesture, the overwhelming assault, the bait and switch. His assault on Theramore is a textbook example of how he likes to engage his enemies. The entire assault was a feint, a gambit to get all of his primary foes in one place and wipe them out, and if not for the interference of Rhonin, it would have worked. And if it had, Kalimdor would be in Horde hands now, and all the people currently rebelling against Hellscream would be building homes atop elf corpses in Darnassus and massacring draenei in the Exodar with no one to stop them.
This is the truth both of Hellscream himself and of the Horde – the Warchief’s relentless drive for power and success is rooted in an assumption of Horde weakness.
Know Your Lore: What the Siege of Orgrimmar reveals originally appeared on WoW Insider on Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.