It was the three instances of Frozen Halls: The Forge of Souls, The Pits of Saron and The Halls of Reflection.
As Horde you are lead by the Dark Lady Sylvanas.
She is a hunter by the way see the quiver!
As Alliance I received a nasty shock to find we were being lead by Jaina
She be a mage.
It was my first real culture shock moment, no really I had one of those emotional physical reactions peeps often experience if they fall into an open world PVP situation and they have never in their life PVPed. My confidence it shook, I literally sat back in my chair when she started speaking. It is really weird but the Banshee Queen is someone I feel confident following – her voice is strong, her attitude delightfully violent. Jania didn’t seem to have much of that – she sounded emotional and … well emotional. Example sound clips below (spoiler alert if you have never done these instances.)
But isn’t this weird the instances were exactly the same, the NPC has very little effect on how you run them and yet Jania being all… hesitant? uncertain? it had an impact on me. It took me aback a little and I had to adjust. Why?
Also come to think of it there is very little ambiguity in the horde plot line – we know our enemy, we kill our enemy, heck the man isn’t even a race the horde respect… he is just a human. Maybe we would also like to flog his awesome sword of power should that be to our advantage *cackle. When you are Alliance it gets all complicated and ethically yucky.
The horde players are very gossipy about their political leaders, we all love Thrall… I’m sure everyone on my PVP-RP server went for a walk to admire the dark lady’s makeover the week it came out. Most players I know want to smack Garrosh Hellscream in the face for being a difficult shit-head. We all know Jania because she is always dabbling in horde politics. Check out wow.com’s guide to current horde politics (its brilliant) horde politics, they are pretty involved.