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Hot take: The Alliance can make peace with the Horde without forgiving them

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I see a lot of people on this sub confusing the concept of a peace treaty with the concept of forgiveness, so allow me to define the difference:

A peace treaty is an agreement between two or more hostile parties, usually countries or governments, which formally ends a state of war between the parties.

Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, forswears recompense from or punishment of the offender, however legally or morally justified it might be, and with an increased ability to wish the offender well.

These two concepts can exist independent of eachother; meaning that yes, the Alliance and Horde can agree to stop fighting eachother without one excusing the other for the war crimes they committed. This is something that happens all the time in real life (I'd list examples but honestly I don't want to risk debate in real life territory as well as fictional territory), so there's no reason why it couldn't happen in WoW as well.

Say the Alliance gets their revenge on the Horde. Say they blow up a city like Orgrimmar or Thunder Bluff, or get to kill a number of leaders who may or may not have had involvement in the War of Thorns. What then? Does the war end there, because the Alliance finally got their revenge? How will Horde players react to being in the same position as Alliance players are in right now, where the war only "ends" after they face a severe loss and are forced to call it quits thereafter? Or is it not over until the Horde as a faction is dismantled? And if so, what happens then? Do they get executed one by one, or placed in internment camps? How does this work from a gameplay perspective?


Ultimately, I'm posing questions that no one has the answer to but Blizzard themselves, and trying to answer for them is simply pointless, because ultimately there is no unbiased take on what should properly signify the end of the war. However, the entire latter half of BfA's faction war has been devoted to the idea of "breaking the cycle", which does NOT mean forgiving and excusing the crimes of either faction. Just because the Alliance in its entirety isn't at the Horde's throats – trying to put them through twice the suffering they themselves endured – doesn't mean they're willing to forgive being treated like a doormat by them for multiple expansions at this point. It just means they're above punching back and twice as hard; which is, frankly, more than the Horde can ever say for themselves.

I'm not trying to justify the ending of BfA's faction conflict, because I wasn't even a fan of it from the very beginning myself. All I'm saying is that it has to end at some point, and there isn't exactly an ending that will satisfy everyone (least of all the people on this sub)

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