My Top 5 Lord of the Clans Moments

Hello everyone. As the title suggests, this review will be about my favorite moments from Lord of the Clans. This means that there will be some major spoilers for the books or at least more spoiler-heavy than my previous review involving this book. If you don’t have a problem with that for whatever reason then read on and enjoy. Let’s get started shall we?

 

 

 

Number Five: Thrall meets Grom Hellscream.

Most player would probably know of Grom from the game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and personally I always thought that he was, overall, a controversial figure. After all, by being the first to drink the demonic blood of the Pit Lord Mannoroth, he was the one that jump-started the enslavement of the Orcish race to the Burning Legion even though that wouldn’t have happen without Gul’dan’s manipulation. Killing lots of people both on Draenor and Azeroth in crazed fits of blood-lust doesn’t help build a popular reputation on either, at least on most circles. And yet, he was also the one that destroyed Mannoroth in the end, thus freeing his race from the demonic taint in the process and cleaning, to a degree, the mess he started. 

Thus he was both the bane and liberator of his people. Ironies of life but at any rate, I certainly found his character development interesting. The difference between Grom’s mind-set by the time he meets Thrall is way different from his personality at the time of Beyond the Dark Portal, over a decade and a half earlier. And his new-found wisdom made its way to Thrall in a way that helped shape him into the orc he is in the present day, to quote Drek’Thar.  

I found a lot of relevance in that meeting because Thrall finally had visible proof that his people weren’t all warmongers, that while they may all be willing and eager to fight when need be, the kind of experience that Grom accumulated over the years can help reform them from the savage ways of the Old Horde if nothing else. It gave Thrall hope after hearing all his life that the people of his race were nothing but monsters. And hope is very important, especially for a soon-to-become political leader.

 

Number Four: Sergeant apologizes to Thrall after he was beaten for no reason.

Sergeant was easily my favorite character that was introduced in Lord of the Clans that has yet to appear in another source of Warcraft canon. His tolerance and praise for well-earned merit was refreshing in a novel full of bigotry and slavery. Plus, he was definitely a great fighter considering most of what Thrall knows about fighting with weaponry he learned from Sergeant. And the time he agreed to appeal for peace with Thrall’s Horde when given the chance shows he was a smart man and that he cares for the people under his command.

Still, it’s the moment from the title above that really raised my opinion about him he most. Thrall was beaten in cruel punishment when he was wounded and exhausted for losing against a huge Ogre despite the fact he already had won eight battles in a row! Lothar’s ghost, they should have awarded him with honors instead. And when that was over, Sargeant was the only one with enough courage in his guts and logic in his mind to realize the treatment of his kind against Thrall wasn’t right and to voice it out in his presence; essentially apologizing in behalf of his race. In a society where hatred for the Orcs has been ingrained deeply into its roots, this act was powerful stuff.

 

Number Three: Orgrim Doomhammer names Thrall his successor.

I really liked this moment because I read Rise of the Horde and Tides of Darkness before reading Lord of the Clans; therefore, I have read a lot of content involving Orgrim and, of course, content regarding the prophecy of the Doomhammer. So, reading the fulfillment of that old prophecy was a bit of epic closure for me. At least where that particular storyline is concerned.

By culling most of the Orc’s fel corruption and leading them on a path of conquest for a new home now that their home-world of Draenor was unfit to sustain their vast population, he brought glory and salvation to their people at first but he also doomed his people by eventually losing the war to the Alliance and most of his brethren were imprisoned; forced to endure terrible shame. But salvation came again before he drew his last few dying breaths in the form of Thrall; an orc not of the Doomhammer line but still fit to lead his people and make them great again. Thrall wielded the war hammer as a symbol of hope, and the young orc liberated his race and rekindled the pride and heritage that the orcish people had abandoned as the bloodthirsty Horde. And with that, Orgrim Doomhammer joined his ancestors, knowing he could rest in peace.

Number Two: Thrall becomes the first shaman of his generation.

If there was a moment of spiritual significance in the book that would reverberate for years to come it was the moment the spirits accepted Thrall as a shaman. For about two decades the spirits of the elements had denied their might to them, ever since they started their war of extermination against the Draenei race and, worse, turn their back on the elements in favor of fel magic instead of trying to make amends with their ancestral source of faith and power. Some repented properly, like Drek’thar and were allowed to regain access to the power of the elements but those shamans were old. If the spirits didn’t initiated young orcs soon, the path of orcish shamanism, old enough for its people to have forgotten its origin, would be lost forever.  

That’s why Thrall gave his people so much hope, not just as a warchief, but as a shaman. His initiation showed his people that the spirits were finally ready to start forgiving them for their sins and that Thrall would certainly become one of the greatest if not the greatest shaman in orcish history. And considering the orcs were facing at the time one of the darkest hours in their entire history, having a champion of such caliber to rally behind was exactly what they needed.

 

Number One: Thrall avenges Taretha

There were many moments in Lord of the Clans where I wanted nothing more than for Thrall to rip his “owner” apart. I really hated Aedelas Blackmoore during the entire book. Which is good, as it means Christie Golden did a majestic job writing this character in order to convey such strong emotion in her readers. But man, when he ordered Taretha’s death and tossed her severed head to Thrall…I was shocked and outraged like I hadn’t been in a long time, at least when reading a book. And it made me cheer all the harder when Thrall finally killed him. So yeah, this moment was my favorite one because it made me feel such a strong emotional response.

Well, that’s it for now everyone. My next review will probably be for what could be consider the prequel of Lord of the Clans: Rise of the Horde, also written by Christie Golden. I liked the book a lot and besides, with the Warlords of Draenor expansion arriving in November there may be fans who would be interested in knowing the backstory of the conflict, even if it was altered by time travel. Leave a comment if you have anything to say to me. Follow me if you like my posts and until next time guys, see-ya!

 

 

 

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My Top 5 War Crimes Moments

Thanks to everyone who read my first post. Like I said, this post will deal with my top 5 moments of the War Crimes book so, be warned, as that means there will be spoilers from the book. I don’t know if this post will be more entertaining than the Darkmoon Faire but I certainly hope it’s good enough for you to give it a standing ovation. Let the review begin!

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–          Number five: Alexstrasza gives her testimony.

Even though the dragon queen isn’t known as the “Defender of Life” (among other titles) for nothing, her testimony was quite beautiful to read. While that part of the story may make more sense for the readers who have read Tides of Darkness and/or Day of the Dragon first it was explained in good enough detail to show new readers her obvious pain when she was enslaved by the orcs of the Dragonmaw Clan and forced to lay eggs for the orcs to use her children in battle. Even though it’s in her ingrained nature to be compassionate pretty much everyone in the courtroom, expect perhaps the August Celestials, expected her to feel some level of resentment. And then she says that not only does she has no quarrel with the mortal races but that if any of the orcs that did those terrible things to her would ask for her forgiveness she would give it to them as if doing so would be the easiest thing in the world. Such is the beauty of the Life-binder; her presence alone echoes peace and she takes it with her every step of the way.

 

–          Number four: Sylvanas and Vereesa Windrunner meet again for the first time since Sylvanas became the Banshee Queen.

It’s no secret that players and readers alike have been wondering when exactly the sisters would meet again for several years and it finally happened during the book. While it was a highly anticipated moment and I indeed enjoyed their earlier interactions, this event isn’t higher on my list because I was quite disappointed with how they handled the ending. Alleria may still be on another planet at the moment but if the way Sylvanas reacted to Veressa’s final decision was any indication I highly doubt a reunion between the two eldest Windrunner sisters would matter much at this point. I can only imagine what nefarious and utterly dark road Chris Metzen has in store for her and while I am sure when the time comes that plot will be well-made I had hopes for Sylvanas that are pretty much as dead as she is now.

 

–          Number three: Garrosh gives his final speech.

Be honest, even if you despised Garrosh and I am pretty sure most of the players did, that little speech near the end of the trial was enough to make you at least chuckle, wasn’t it? Even after every testimony that made him look bad, after every vision of the past that made the people in the courtroom all the more outraged, and even after he turned like 99% of the planet’s population against him he still had the nerve to make a speech to curse pretty much everyone, including both former allies and honorable foes. Yeah, maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised. He is pretty much the devil you know when it comes to the orcs in every sense of the word, at least if you exclude Gul’dan and Ner’zul but at any rate his speech made me laugh real hard.

–          Number two: Jaina finally makes her peace with herself.

It was a gradual shift but it appears that the rollercoaster of pain and madness that started when Garrosh unleashed that Mana-bomb on Jaina’s city slowed down considerably by the end of the story. To say the history of the leadership of the Lady of Theramore was difficult would be a serious understatement but one way or another Jaina always pulled through with a smile on her face. Until her city-state and its citizens were vaporized during Tides of War, that is. The shocking event traumatized her; perfectly understandable and I am glad she didn’t just forgive that like some other major things but she looked so consumed in revenge I kind of dreaded she would go through such a dark path that Blizzard would make her a Raid Boss in a coming expansion. I really wouldn’t have been looking forward to that. But as of the end of War Crimes it appears her emotional wounds are finally starting to heal and I bet Kalecgos would be there to attempt to accelerate the process. She may never be her old self again but I for one will rest easier while waiting for additional books/game-storylines knowing it appears she has been driven away from a road potentially as dark as Sylvanas is currently on.

 

–          Number one: The August Celestials reveal that everyone in the courtroom was actually on trial.

I don’t know about anyone else but for me this was one of those moments where I go “oh I did not see that coming but I should have known”. And indeed, I feel like I should have but alas, I just didn’t make the connection in time. Still, in retrospective that makes perfect sense when you look at the main themes of the book. If I would have to summarize it in one word I would say the main theme was change. As the life-binder said and I quote “change is inherent in life. As long as something lives, it can grow.” And she is right. Many believe quite rightly that Garrosh deserves to be executed a thousand times over but that presents a slight problem: the not knowing; as it’s only by ending life that you remove any possibility for that change to happen. That is why Garrosh would have been sentenced to life in prison at most by the August Celestials instead.

So, why this trial in the first place? Because all the major character needed to understand. This event was all about healing old wounds. We readers and players know all the events as outsiders but not all the characters from the Horde and the Alliance were on the same page. The trial brought about the first meeting between all the racial leaders of both the Horde and the Alliance for over a week and that capitalized what King Varian set in motion when he agreed to end the war with the rest of the Horde after Garrosh was overthrown. It allowed for understanding to dawn in all their heads and that could help consolidate a more lasting peace while they prepare to face the true enemy, like Wrathion keeps telling them. So yes, I think the whole theme of changing, growing and making different choices was the central thematic of the novel, and when the heroes fought their evil copies from alternate timelines they realized that as well when they had to recognize that everyone has a potential Garrosh inside, and that the choices you make are the ones that set you on track with those who seek to follow the road of evil, or set you apart from it.

Well, that’s it for now everyone. My next review will be about the only other warcraft book I have read in a single day. Leave a comment if you have anything to say to me. Follow me if you like my posts and until next time guys, see-ya!