My choosen faction – Why am I exclusively Alliance?


I originally posted this back in the fresh heady days of the start of my blog. So, yh, that would be earlier this year ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh well, the whole #RetroWednesday trend on twitter made me think it is stillย relevantย and not outdated so my new readers can read it for the first time ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I start, this is not a Horde bashing post, I have no quibble with the Horde, or Horde players. It is simply a discussion and explanation of why I personally don’t play Horde and probably never will. This is also bugger all to do with resto druids, but that happens sometimes ๐Ÿ˜›

I have a friend. IRL. Yh, scary I know. However, this friend predates my playing of Warcraft and was actually the first person to introduce me to it back at the end of 2005. Now, some of you may be thinking that I said in my info page that I only started playing at the start of Wrath and that is true. Why did I wait 3 years after trying the game before I actually started playing it?

My first taste of WoW
There are a number of reasons, but one of them is that this friend, who shall remain nameless but knows who he is should he ever read this, is Horde through and through. If you cut him in half he would have “For the Horde!” written down the middle like a stick of seaside rock. He even threatened to get a “Real friends don’t let other friends play Alliance” t-shirt. This meant that when he first introduced me to WoW he made me try a troll. I tried that nasty little troll for a couple of hours and really didn’t enjoy it. I wanted to try out an Alliance character but was informed not a chance on his Horde based account.

So I was rather put off from WoW by playing a class and race I didn’t really like, despite having played Warcraft the RTS when it first appeared in 1994. Fast forward a few years and I am getting repeatedly poked by my sister and brother in law to start playing because they are. I download a trial and start playing one weekend while my wife is away. I made straight for Alliance and created what is my standard (first) character in any rpg – a human warrior (not the most daring combination ever but I don’t care ๐Ÿ˜› ). I entered Northshire Abbey and suddenly was hooked, the little human church, surrounded by pretty trees and a river was rather impressive. I quickly completed my quests and headed out to Goldshire as I was commanded, but already I was hooked.

Alliance 15 : Horde 1
Ever since then, with the exception of a single undead warrior (who ultimately was faction changed to Katjara, the nelf warrior), all my characters are exclusively Alliance. Having tried Horde (my warrior did make it to level 50), I decided that for whatever reason it just wasn’t for me. I am well aware that it is not as clean cut as Alliance/Horde = Good/Evil because the Horde is not evil and certainly not all Alliance are “good”. Despite exploring all of their cities, and a lot of their lands the Horde just holds no attraction for me, with the possible exception of the Tauren. I am not really into the whole Native American thing, but I quite enjoyed their starting area and such, and they do make damn fine warriors.

All other horde areas though are not really to my liking, I like relatively ‘normal’ places and much prefer forests to open plains, so the likes of the barrens, durotar, eversong and such really didn’t do it for me. Which is also why I don’t like Tanaris or levelling a lowbie Draenai, but doesn’t explain why I like Uldum, it must just be the archaeology side of it with Harrison Jones.

In the beginning….
I first played Alliance way back in ’94 with the arrival of Warcraft: Orcs vs Humans and even then never really took to the Horde. The lands. music and background of the humans seemed to capture me much more than that of the orcs. When in Warcraft 2 they really became the Alliance and the Horde with the introduction of gnomes, ogres, goblins, elves and so on, I still couldn’t get into the Horde. Even now, going into Stormwind I am reminded of epic battles building and defending it all those years ago (17!) on a little 486 with a massive 14″ CRT monitor ๐Ÿ˜€ Now I feel old ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Stormwind, Ironfroge etc vs…….
Walking down the Valley of Heroes, it is possible to imagine that my own general from so long ago is immortalised there as a hero of the Alliance (not true I know, but this is a fantasy game ๐Ÿ™‚ ). The music as you gallop into the city is quite amazing and very stirring, reminding me that to start with, mere humans held back the “Tides of Darkness”, until they were joined by Elves, Gnomes and Dwarves. Together they all pushed back the encroaching Horde and reclaimed lost areas of Azeroth, some of those have fallen again – cities such as Stromgarde, Lordaeron and Stratholm, but still we fight to regain them.

As well as Stormwind, the other Alliance cities hold similar thoughts, the sheer scale of Ironforge tunneled into the very mountainside, vast forges and halls filled with hundreds of busy adventurers and tradesmen going about there business. Darnassus, built in the branches of an enormous tree, scouts and lookouts positioned in its higher branches, while an entire city flourishes lower down.

Orgrimmar, Silvermoon and the others
In contrast, the Horde cities are nowhere near as impressive to me. Orgrimmar looks like a giant tent encampment in the desert, Silvermoon is a overly exotic jewel dumped next to its rotting corrupt neighbour, Lordaeron is a ruinous place of decay and disease populated by zombies. Thunderbluff is the only one of the Horde cities that strikes me as being anything other than just meh.

So for me, the choice between Alliance and Horde is easy and obvious. It is the faction I have strived to aid for nearly 20 years. I find that the lore surrounding it is much more engaging for me, the cities are places that I truly enjoy being in (thank you Blizzard for allowing me to fly over a new expanded SW :D) and even the music and such are magnificent and rousing. That then is why I now play Alliance exclusively ๐Ÿ™‚


Posted on October 12, 2011, in General. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I am Alliance through and through too!

    I had a 80 Belf Hunter as my first main, I transferred her to Alliance just after Wrath started and never looked back since. I have a few 85 Alliance toons now ๐Ÿ˜€

    I don’t find myself attracted to Horde lore, I’m not sure if it’s also a class bias I have. I love Night Elf lore, and have been interested in the history of the humans too. I was mildly interested in Blood elves, because of their relations to the Night elves, being that where they originally came from. I have toons that are night elves, humans and draeneis ๐Ÿ˜›

    Like you, I am more attracted to the forests than plains. I feel more in tune with being a druid being in that environment and night elves feel like the right race to play a Druid. I know some people will differ to this, saying Troll Druids are the Rock star Druids (have you seen them crazy coloured animal forms?!). The Tauren feels too strange because… I’m a cow and I feel so clunky on them because of their massive size.

    I was fervently hoping that my guild wouldn’t move to horde on a new server, because I didn’t want to be anything else other than a Night Elf, and i was vocal about this. Thankfully, my guild mates love their alliance toons just as I do mine ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great post!

  2. I have tried alliance when I first started playing WoW, and I liked it. I just couldn’t get into questing so leveling was a pain. I ended up switching to Horde and within a month, I was level 60. I was happy. Now I have 9 horde toons and 1 alliance DK on the same server.

    I have alliance alts on different servers just for a change…but I definitely love being Horde ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I started as Alliance since that’s where my friends were. However, I made a zombie warlock on my brother-in-law’s server to explore that side too. I had alt-itis so bad in the beginning, I would make a toon then delete it. I eventually (after a year or so) got my ‘main’ (a rogue) to 60 but didn’t really do anything with her. (When I went back to her, she had spellpower leather and a couple spellpower daggers.)

    Drama hit, so I dropped my Alliance toons and went to play Horde on my brother-in-law’s NEW server. I made a zombie mage and got her to 60 very quickly. I made a couple more Horde toons (including my eventually main, Karegina the tauren druid) and got my mage to 70 shortly after BC came out.

    About that time, I found out one of my best friends was playing Alliance on a new server, so I went over and rolled up a human mage. Got her to 70 and did some really crappy raiding on her. Then my husband decided to play so we rolled new Alliance toons (he did a gnome warrior and I did a draenei priest). We got to about level 52 before Drama hit again.

    This time, my RL best friends had all started playing. So I gathered them on my Horde server and got them all to roll toons. The husband rolled a tauren shaman, my best girlfriend also rolled a tauren shaman, her husband rolled a blood elf mage and our other friend rolled a tauren warrior. I kitted them out with bags and gold and ran them through instances on my mage for gear. (After we would do the dungeons as a group, we had the perfect 5 man group. We experienced everything together!)

    Slowly, our other RL friends that we knew from other games trickled onto our server. Most of them were Alliance and wanted to ‘see the other side’. They’ve pretty much showed up and never looked back. A couple of them even faction changed their main toons.

    And, after all that. It has come to my attention, that while thinking that I’m ‘bi-factional’, I’m really a Hordie at heart. I suppose I should have realized that when I put a huge Horde symbol on the back of my minivan. My friends are all here, I love all the Horde races, even the Forsaken. But then, I have a soft spot for zombies. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • phew, that’s quite a tale ๐Ÿ™‚

      I am glad my time in wow hasn’t been so hectic. I started on Aggramar because my sis and bro in law were there, then we moved to CoA (on the free migration) due to the waiting times for Aggramar. I found Otaku on my main fairly quickly, then when the guild my alts were in collapsed they all followed my main and I have lived there ever since ๐Ÿ™‚ I tend not to do characters on multiple realms, I much prefer having them all together in one place.

  4. I play both Alliance and Horde, but I like Alliance more. Like you, I love the cities. Stormwind is gorgeous and filled with great sights, while Orgrimmar is unimpressive (not to mention a huge pain in the ass to get around for any character without a flying mount). I love night elves and draenei (though I do love taurens as well).

    For me the biggest difference is the attitude of the players. Horde players tend to be all “For the Horde! Death to the Alliance!” and I don’t really understand their strong disdain for the other faction. Alliance players, on the other hand, seem to be a little more laid back and not so staunchly against the other faction. In my experience anyway.

    • I must admit that I do consider the Alliance cities to be 1000x better than the Horde cities (except the Exodar). Especially now that everyone lives in SW for the portals, I set my hearth to Darnassus and have the whole city to myself ๐Ÿ˜€ no lag, can pick any house or tree as my own, it’s awesome!

      Attitude wise, I can’t really speak for the Horde, but I agree that generally the Alliance is quite relaxed regarding the friction between the two factions.

  5. I’m Horde through-and-through, and I’ll be going into the why in my next post here. Needless to say, if you get cut, you bleed red, not blue. Ergo, ipso facto, logically, everyone is, to some extent, a Hidden Hordie.

    Also, I love the Horde culture; the honour-bound Orcs and Tauren, the sneaky Goblins (who have the best starting area in the game), the loyal and voodoo-istic Trolls. Undead and Blood Elves don’t do it for me, but y’know – different strokes for different folks.

  6. G’day I enjoyed your post,

    Its great to heal different perspectives when it comes to choosing factions. For me I had always been horde because I found the animations and look of the Alliance faction to be pretty bad (e.g. cat lips on human males). I never even considered rolling one untill BC was released and all of a sudden the goat men appeared :D. I have since remained horde till very recently I started raiding with some friends on the Alliance side (as a worgen druid). I’m still a horde for life :D, but I really did enjoy the read.

    P.S. funny that the very reason you don’t like the horde cities is the reason I do.

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