So this weekend Alterac Valley was the Call to Arms battleground, meaning the Stormpike dwarves were hanging out in Stormwind trying to get people to come join in their snowy fight.
Since I don't play as Alliance very much, this was the first time I'd seen them. And I did a complete double take when I saw them. Not because of them, but because of their bright red banner.
Why? Because I've seen that banner, many, many times before. And chances are, you've seen it too.
With the Scarlet Crusade.
I'm not really sure what this banner is, but it's PLASTERED all over the Scarlet Monastery, and in the Scarlet Crusade's hold in Stratholme. So why are the Stormpike flying the same flag?
Here's the symbol in Stratholme.
At first glance, it really doesn't make much sense. The Scarlet Crusade, hated enemies of the Forsaken, teaming up with...the Stormpike dwarves? Who are quite isolated, barely stepping out of the Alterac mountains, and quite preoccupied with their ongoing battle with the Frostwolf orcs? What possible common tie could there be?
Scarlet Monastery graveyard wing:
Maybe the symbol isn't specifically tied to either group, but to a common cause, faith or belief? But what would that be? The Crusade believes strongly in the Light, but the Stormpikes don't have any such connection. Oh, I'm sure they believe in the Light like most humans and dwarves, but they're not really overly religious or anything. No real tie.
The Crusade hate the Forsaken, and the Stormpike hate the orcs. But I don't think there's a lot of crossover. The Crusade really have no specific reason to dislike the orcs, nor do the Stormpike have any personal grudge against the Forsaken. So no connection there, either.
So why ARE the Stormpike using the same banner as the Crusade? I'll be honest...I have absolutely no idea. This connection has me completely baffled.
I really like the symbol, though. I wish you could get some armor or a tabard with it. I'd totally wear it.
(Look, it's THE FREAKING DOOR!)
It's even on Fairbanks' hat!
(What's he doing, a little dance?)
(I don't know.)