Originally Posted by Mustrum
Tobias Mistmantle is the most badass worgen in the game, not because he's the strongest, or the most involved, or the wisest or anything like that. He is the everyworgen. His is the struggle that all worgen should be shown going through. What separates the darkness within from the darkness without. How to retain your humanity in spite of an all-consuming rage. Dealing with the fact that he is, for all intents and purposes, a monster to those people who once loved him. And unlike the Forsaken, he refuses to let the darkness take him. He fights back. Even if he fails, he fights for his humanity.
I honestly failed to really even see that in Tobias.
Really, how is he supposed to be "struggling" with the curse? It's not like he loses control over a botched tax return or something; his own murdering monster of a brother accused him of being the same kind of monster. In WarCraft, the types of characters who wouldn't respond to that sort of thing by dealing out swift death to the offender are the minority. I'd really expect most non-worgen Azerothians to react the same way he did..
When it comes down to it, one of the unfortunate byproducts of the few efforts in-game to play around with worgen characters' "inner rage" is that said worgen are exposed to situations where getting pissed off and dismembering the offending party is completely reasonable within the context of the WarCraft universe. They're not flipping their lids and unleashing their inner beasts on jaywalkers and noisy movie patrons; they're doing so when faced with the same sorts of things that drive the normal humans of the Alliance to draw steel and start lopping off heads.
We're dealing with a world where blanket decrees to systematically cull entire sentient races are at times handed out when the villains in question are basically annoying
the locals. What exactly are the Alliance Worgen shown doing to undeserving parties in fits of rage that's worse than the sort of callous mass slaughter we find being treated as commonplace and just punishment for basically irritating the questgivers?
In a way, they kind of undermined the whole "struggling with their rage" angle of the worgen as soon as they took all the worst stuff the worgen ever did and attributed it to Alpha Prime and his pack of vengeful psychopaths. It kind of watered down the implications of worgen savagery stemming from Goldrinn's own rage toward Elune and made it feel more like just a symptom of the original worgen already being a bunch of warped bastards to begin with.
Hell, even the Wolfcult in Gilneas contradicted it. All of its willing members were basically already cool with the murdering of innocents as a means of initiation to becoming "blessed" with the worgen form, which meant that rather than being made monstrous and savage by the curse, they were really already
twisted scumbags in the first place and the curse just gave them a means to indulge in their violent depravities.
It all kind of boiled down to a unfortunate sense (for me, anyway) that the worgen were never inherently that
savage, and all the rage-fueled brutality that was being played up actually stemmed from how demented and evil the villainous worgen were before they even became cursed.