So my distaste for Varian has been long festering, and of course it started with bias. As a Hordie, anybody who runs around threatening my peeps gets put on my shit-list.
A lot of my wow friends from my server, though, wanted me to sympathize with his sad and broken past.
So out of respect for my Alliance buddies, I read the comics, read some books, and summaries from websites and wiki to “understand” his point of view. Well, my feelings have not changed. In fact, they were strengthened because now I could see 100 reasons why he shouldn’t act the way he does, but does it anyway.
Varian is a tool and WoW-Lore’s attempts to make a united, badass leader for the Alliance failed miserably.
“If you were Varian, you’d hate Orcs too!”
Maybe. On a personal level, sure, he’s got reason to be miffed. But is that a reason to seek out grudges over the well-being of the Alliance? Uh, No. To start a war with the Horde with LOL ARTHAS terrorizing everybody? Definitely not.
Failpoint 1: His decisions as leader are brash, immature, and down right stupid. He’s endangering his own people by starting a fight with the Horde, which would likely end with both forces being weakened and crying in a puddle of fail for the Scourge to just laugh at.
Failpoint 2: Varian’s origin story falls just short of being a carbon copy of Thrall’s sad and broken past, except more soap-opera infested for sympathy’s sake. Yet you don’t see Thrall running around screaming for the destruction of all humans. In fact, in a bizarre twist of randomness it’s the complete opposite. Ironic, since the way Thrall was treated as a slave was about 100,000 times worse.
So Varian was forced to fight to the death. He had three friends to back him up. If he won, he got paid and showered with gifts, food, and naked women, just behind bars. He seems to ignore the fact that the Crimson Ring imprisoned not only Humans, but people of all races / factions. He was the replacement for what? Oh, an orc. One of his buddies was a what? Oh yeah, a blood elf. In fact, throughout the comics, we see more Horde-raced people fighting in these arenas than Alliance. So if anybody has a right to be pissed off at “The orc’s” who ran this shit, it should be other orcs. We’ll ignore that the Crimson Ring is an independently goblin-run, multi-racial affair supported by Horde and Alliance alike.
Thrall, on the other hand, was forced to fight to the death by himself, often with staggering odds against him. He’d get the shit beat out of him if didn’t do it with flying colors. On his days off, he was used as a target dummy for humans. He wasn’t allowed to touch women, which is why he nearly soiled himself with confusion when Taretha hugged him for the first time [WHAT IS THIS DISPLAY OF AFFECTION!?].
So in the end, Thrall turned out to be a tree-hugging, human loving, puppy cuddling pussy while Varian is the one nerd-raging all over Azeroth. My question is: wtf?
“Well Sylvanas is just as bad a leader! Go cry about her!”
Let’s be honest, here, Sylvanas is the Mother Fucking Banshee Queen of the Undead for a reason. When was the last time you saw her galavanting about protecting honor and justice? Fuck that shit, she wants revenge, and will stop at nothing until she sees Arthas getting sodomized daily by whatever her warlock friends can summon from the depths of hell.
And Varian is no stranger to opposition within his own walls, either, being that riots within Stormwind are what killed his wife in the first place. You’d think he’d have some sympathy.
So what should our lovely Bitch King do to sooth his broken sense of self?