Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Alliance in positive terms

I'm not sure why I'm writing this, truthfully; I know probably nobody cares about WoW's lore any more, and that they probably ceased caring before WoTLK. I was just reading my old post about Variann Wrynn, though, and wanted to write a positive counterbalance to it.

There's a poem, however, which I tried to have included on the talk page for Turalyon on WoWWiki once, even though they removed it. It always reminded me of the depiction of his and Khadgar's courage in going through the Dark Portal in particular, and I think it pretty well sums up what Metzen's depiction of the Alliance, at its' most positive, could be; as opposed to the war mongering of Variann.

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

-- The Soldier, by Rupert Brooke, 1914.

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