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Greymane and Shaw on Alliance Leadership in Shadowlands (Spoilers)
02.09.2020 um 17:17
Genn Greymane and Mathias Shaw discuss Alliance leadership in Shadowlands. Story spoilers.
Anduin has been captured by Sylvanas, leading to Turalyon serving as the interim military leader for the Alliance. While Shaw tries to hint that Greymane could be suited to rule instead, Genn shoots him down quickly.
Shaw: King Greymane, you shouldn't remain out in the open like this. You're too tempting a target.
Greymane: If Sylvanas had wished to capture me, she would have done so along with Anduin.
Greymane: No. She wanted to leave me behind. To torment me with the loss of yet another...of our king.
Shaw: Still, we need you in the throne room. There are matters of state that must be overseen until the king's return.
Greymane: Anduin entrusted Turalyon with command of our military forces. The Stormwind nobles support him serving as regent and protector of the realm.
Shaw: I don't question the High Exarch's ability to defend the Alliance. But as a king yourself, don't you think you should--
Greymane: You and Turalyon need to safeguard our citizens from the return of the Scourge. I need to focus on doing whatever I can to find Anduin and the others.
Shaw: Yes, your majesty.
In an earlier datamined version of this dialogue, which was incomplete and only featured Shaw's lines, Shaw actually completes the sentence "But as a king yourself, don't you think you should sit upon the throne?" In-game, this has been changed to "But as a king yourself, don't you think you should--"
There has been some debate if the earlier version of this exchange hints at future Alliance unrest, but Greymane cutting Shaw off shows that he's trying to keep the peace for now. Greymane nearly calls Anduin his son, showing the close familial bond the two rulers have and the deep respect Greymane has for Anduin--he's not going to outwardly rebel against his decision.
You can also read
more reactions to rebuilding leadership
and Sylvanas' attacks in our earlier PTR post.
In an excerpt from
, we see the moment
Anduin places Turalyon in charge
of the Alliance forces:
“What does it matter?” Greymane thundered. “You said it yourself, Turalyon. The Zandalari queen pledged herself to Sylvanas first. Perhaps that vow remains true. Perhaps she has turned her back on the Horde and even now shelters the traitor and her soldiers.” He gestured to the fallen spies. “Perhaps these brave few were killed for discovering the truth.”
Anduin had a duty to the truth, whatever it might be. Both men provided opinions he valued, but he could not deny that Turalyon offered the more tempting take. Still. Still.
“I am reminded, my noble friends,” Anduin began softly. “Of a day not so long ago, and not so far from here. A placid place in the Arathi Highlands. A gathering meant to be peaceful, a gathering meant to reunite families torn asunder by forces they could never have foreseen . . . ” He sighed, leaning forward, resting his knuckles on the edge of the stone slab. “Human and Forsaken families met in good faith, trying to find common ground and common love—and many did. For their trust, for their grace, they received only slaughter.” He lifted his gaze to Greymane, who had gone mercifully still, the flush in his face fading. “I give your recommendations equal weight. Turalyon, take Alleria Windrunner and investigate these deaths.”
Standing tall again, Anduin pressed his hand over his heart, finding that Turalyon regarded him with a sure smile. He approved. “I name you High Commander of the Alliance forces. Your task—your only task—is to find Sylvanas Windrunner so we might bring her to proper justice. Hunt her day and night, use whatever means you must.”
Turalyon bowed his head with practiced gentility, accepting the honor and the charge with a humble, “My heart and my sword to the cause.”
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