I've had a couple interesting chats in guild lately with @lillipodes and @rosaamarilla about RP and character motivation. Then I forced @snack_road to listen to my ramblings. Then I wedged my way into a twitter conversation with still more folks about Orv's motivations as a character and what I think he would like to do in the future.
|We can't afford to take care of Westfall, but this statue was a necessity.|
|"You don't look even a little bit familiar, Orv."|
This leaves Orv in an awkward position. He does not want to place himself squarely under Varian's authority as he doesn't trust the man's integrity. He does not want to place himself under Tirion's authority because really... forget that guy. Orv thinks this puts him among a solid number of Paladins who lack direction, and not being the sort so sit around and ignore a problem, he has come up with a solution. Orv wants to name himself Highlord of the Silver Hand and rally human and dwarven paladins who do not closely associate themselves with the Church in Stormwind, or with the Argent Crusade in Hearthglenn. Orv spent all of Vanilla and BC living in Ironforge and feels that he would have a lot of support from dwarven paladins in particular.
|"I am so much more awesome than Varian Wrynn."|
Once Orv has established a solid core of paladins around him he has a solid plan of action to give them a purpose. Part one of his plan (inspired by Rades's post) involves dragging Danath Trollbane out of Hellfire Peninsula and assisting the man (and whatever intensely battle hardened troops followed him) in reclaiming Stromgarde. This is an excellent strategic move as it establishes a clear line of support from Ironforge up to the Hinterlands, allowing for uninterrupted supply lines to the Wildhammer Stronghold in Aerie Peaks and from there up to Hearthglenn.
For the humans it is a play on loyalty. Loyalty to Gilneas. To Stromgarde. To Lordaeron. For the paladins (human and dwarven alike) it is about finding an identity... returning to their roots. For the dwarves and blood elves it is about mutual gain. And at the end of the day the Alliance will have near absolute control of the Eastern Kingdoms, and the ability to marshal its forces and build its strength to stand against anything the Horde might throw against it.