So I’m not alone in thinking it’s a recipe for disaster, right?
To start us off-- mild spoilers, but the Turalyon is going to be in a high position of power while Anduin is missing and trapped in the shadowlands for a bit.
We also know that Alleria and Turalyon cannot physically touch, which means that they are a couple that can never engage in physical intimacy again. On top of that, they have clear philosophical differences, and it’s stated in paratext that really the only thing that’s keeping Alleria sane is hope for her son’s future.
We’ve talked about bigger plot implications before but I kind of want to examine this on a more personal level.
If I remove any semblance of fantasy context and said “I know this couple. They don’t really agree very much, they never touch one another, and they don’t really have a lot of passion for the other mentally. On top of that, the only thing keeping the mom sane is that she cares about her kid.”
When you put it on the table like that, it feels really bleak, and really relatable to people who have had parents in bad relationships, or people who have felt trapped in relationships that didn’t work out for them that they couldn’t escape due to some sense of obligation.
On top of that, there’s that lingering ilgynoth quote: The golden one claims a vacant throne . The crown of light will bring only darkness .
Lots of folks thought that quote was going to be about Calia, but it really points to Turalyon for me in many ways. Turalyon is lightforged, he has filled an empty throne, and his wife is an archon of the void-- of utter darnkess. We also know that blizzard has said that the cosmic war is going to shift to dark vs. light in future expansions as opposed to the chaos vs. order arc of the burning legion.
I think what alliance players have wanted for a long time in their story is meaningful interpersonal conflict. Even though Tyrande and Genn have long seemed like prime candidates for that, I think Vareesa and Turalyon may have a big role to play in terms of how the alliance may change significantly.