The Ethics of Mining Rep
There comes a point in every player’s career when they have to start dealing with the Timbermaw. It’s the only good way to get into Winterspring, and that means grinding reputation with the Timbermaw so they won’t beat the stuffing out of you when you try to go through Timbermaw Hold. But, did you ever stop to think that it’s a wonderfully keen analogy for Mid-East Oil Relations?
Think about it. The Timbermaw have a strategic resource that we need: access through their territory to Winterspring from Felwood. In exchange for that access we have to run around slaying their enemies and kowtowing to their needs. It’s a marvelously disturbing little moment when you realize that you’re essentially helping them engage in genocide in exchange for passage rights. Sure, they seem to respawn endlessly, but in exchange for doing their dirty work, you get a convenience.