Wow Shandris

Posted: 20th July 2013 by admin in World of Wracraft
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This places Shandris in a hard position. Tyrande is more than her friend or superior, she’s effectively her mother – Tyrande found Shandris when the latter was a very young girl who had just lost her entire family, and became in Shandris’ eyes a surrogate for that family. This relationship has endured over ten thousand years while Malfurion and the druids were often asleep for centuries, even millennia at a time. In the past, Shandris has been the right hand of Tyrande, and Tyrande was effectively the sole, indisputable leader of the night elven people. Now suddenly the druids are spending time awake, Malfurion is leading them while still preserving his druid priorities (placing Hyjal over Darkshore or Ashenvale, for example) and Tyrande is allowing herself to be displaced.

Now, Shandris can’t turn on Tyrande. She’s psychologically unsuited to it. But she can turn on Malfurion, who has spent most of the time while Shandris has been at Tyrande’s side asleep. I’m not saying Shandris hates him, because I doubt that’s true, but she doesn’t have the same bond of affection. That being said, she and he have interacted over the years, and he even aided Tyrande recently in saving Shandris’ life when the naga overwhelmed Feathermoon Strongold during the Cataclysm, so I don’t think she would move directly against Malfurion out of hatred or rage.

But look at the situation. The Wardens are still in disarray, with Jarod Shadowsong in charge of a small group still in training along with her Sentinels, and those charged with apprehending Maiev Shadowsong. The Horde has pressed the attack in Darkshore (using trolls as cat’s paws), in Ashenvale wiping out Silverwind Refuge, firebombing helpless villagers in Astranaar – and how would that resonate with Shandris, who saw her own village wiped out by the same Burning Legion the Horde once served? Seeing the orcs clear-cutting in those same forests, seeing them kill children, would be like a knife in Shandris’ chest, pulling her in opposite directions. Loyal to her people and Tyrande, she’s still forced to defend them without actionable intelligence, from a base in contested Feralas, while Tyrande and Malfurion seemingly do little to halt the bleeding. Azshara gone, Stonetalon the scene of a Horde weapon of mass destruction, and when Shandris answered the Alliance’s call to defend Theramore a traitor from within the city’s ranks ended up leading her away – which is the only reason Shandris wasn’t in Theramore itself when the Horde dropped another such terrifying weapon.

What happens when Shandris has finally had enough? After all, she loves Tyrande like a mother, but mothers and daughters disagree, they argue, they even fight on occasion, and Shandris is the one with the responsibility to lead the Sentinels in war. If her mother won’t lead their people, if she keeps deferring to Malfurion and his strange druid obsessions (and remember, Shandris was born at a time when druids were barely even known among their people) or outsider kings, then perhaps Shandris will have to act without letting Tyrande know what she’s up to. Using the Huntresses and the rare Sentinel Spies (which Shandris was forced to create because Tyrande cost their people the Wardens) Shandris begins setting up her plan to destroy the Horde once and for all. Since she is loyal to Tyrande and feels affection for Malfurion, even if she disagrees with them both, she won’t just seize power, but she’s also too canny to count on them approving of what she’s doing. Instead, she plans to present them with a situation so far along that they can’t do anything about it. 

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