When it comes to her name alone, it’s like someone’s saying “MUFASA!” I can’t even describe how I just instantly *clicked* with the Banshee Queen. We’re talking at first glance. No lore knowledge, no nothing. She was just a character that had that “it factor” from the beginning. However, after I began to learn more about her I was just infatuated with the character but not in any sort of grandiose fashion. Except for the part where I would love the Sunstrider Longbow. That’s legit.
But getting the fanboy part out of the way, it makes sense that I was drawn to Sylvanas as vengeance driven characters have always been among my favourite. Two of my favourite comic books are Ghost Rider (please don’t use the movies as a reference), and James O’Barr’s “The Crow.” In the case of Sylvanas, she kind of got the back from the dead treatment that no one would want. In the case of The Crow, Eric Draven is brought back to avenge the murder of he and his fiancee a year earlier. In the case of Sylvanas, she’s brought back from the dead as the first High Elven Banshee. You see, Arthas was pretty annoyed at having to fight the Ranger-General at almost every turn. So after he slayed her with Frostmourne and she asked for the quick death she deserved, he instead brought her back right after she died. Unfortunately for him, he would eventually lose control over some of his undead, she being the most prominent one.
So raising the Forsaken and becoming “The Dark Lady” it was Sylvanas’ post-life existence to track down Arthas and kill him. There were twists and turns along that road, but we all know how Wrath turned out. After confirming Arthas was dead, the Banshee Queen was actually at peace enough to end her after-life until the Val’kyr played “It’s A Wonderful Life” on her and showed that Garrosh would have a field day sending the Forsaken in as glorfied suicide bombers in any particular fight. So, she continued on, and it’s in that time that she’s been one of those characters that really makes you think DTA: Don’t Trust Anybody.
It’s incredibly clear that Sylvanas will put the protection of her people (or even race, as she sees them) before anything else. That’s the kind of thing people tend to appreciate from their leader. She’s even gone so far as to find a means of extending the Forsaken population through her arrangement with the Val’kyr (keeping herself alive in the process). But she also blatantly ignored the warning to stop using the plague. Southshore is evidence of that, as is the Battle of Gilneas. Which, makes you wonder what her true agenda is? She clearly had no use for Garrosh and no one can blame her for that…but she didn’t exactly give Vol’jin a ringing endorsement either. I hazard to guess the only Warchief she truly would have responded to would have been Lor’themar, which makes sense given the High Elf connection.
But he’s not and that’s where the mystery is. You really do not know what to expect from Sylvanas Windrunner now. It could be passive. It could be chaos. It could even be malicious. Honestly, I just don’t care because what has already been done with the character has given me more than enough reason to care what she does and quite often cheer for her when she does so. Doesn’t matter if it was right or wrong. Does that make it “right?” Maybe not. But not everyone roots for Batman. Some of us cheer for The Joker sometimes, too.