So the elves burn it to keep Sylvillian from occupying it. A common military strategy.
"By occupying Darnassus, we will control the flow of Azerite and ensure it cannot be used against us. The Alliance will dare not attack its own city for fear of harming civilians."I am a bit confused, as her plan depends on her having hostages to prevent retaliation, how would Sylvanas keep the Night Elves from simply using a series of portals to evacuate all civilians? Which humorously is what happens. Moira was able to take Ironforge hostage in the novel The Shattering due to being able to quickly suppress all forms of travel in and out of Ironforge. However, Sylvanas does not have the luxury of being able to implement a coup. Also, did Sylvanas forget about the existence of the Exodar/Azuremyst Isle? What is preventing Azuremyst Isle from being the new Kalimdor based trading hub for the Alliance? To be fair to Sylvanas, most non-Draenei overlook Azuremyst Isle.
Ah. So, there's a possibility now that Sylvanas did not, in fact, burn down Teldrassil in an attempt to commit genocide against an entire civilization. Instead, it could be that her plan was to simply enslave an entire civilization and use them as meat shields against her enemies, and the fire was someone or something else. And all the other Horde leaders are going along with it.Weirdly enough... still not feeling particularly proud of my faction in this "faction pride" expansion!EDIT: So, now that the book's out, anyone willing to give me the lowdown on what happened in Thunder Bluff, please? Preview stopped right when Sylvanas asked Baine to talk to her in private after he protested when she blew off Magni. I'd really, really like to know what she's got on Baine to keep him complacent during all this. Probably best to use spoiler tags, though.
As tauren druid, i do not feel so good bout this. oof
As for: "She wanted to occupy Teldrassil and control the port, which doesn't sound like someone who wants to destroy the city." maybe it's because her plans backfired.. The Night Elves put up too much of a defense, Malfurion lived/escaped, and maybe the Horde army was beginning to be pushed back by the Night Elves (and also probably other Alliance races such as Worgen still at Darnasus) which forced Sylvanas to turn to her Azerite weapons to instead destroy the Night Elves...That or she just planned on occupying and holding the ports at Lor'danel and other Night Elf Settlements, but destroy Teldrassil, as even in the beta, while teldrassil is burning, lor'danel and all the other night elf settlements between darkshore and orgrimmar are still all well in-tact. So maybe that was her plan, occupy the night elf settlements within the mainland of Kalimdor, while cutting them off from and destroying any hope of support/reinforcements from teldrassil.
I have to say... I am not surprised by this apparent path she is following. I am saddened by it, but I'm sure there is something larger at play. Also, it's been hinted that Anduin, from the moment of his father's death, at least, may not be telling us the "whole story" or concealing or twisting some truth. I can't for the life of me recall or make any citations... but that has had me wondering for quite some time now what was meant. Been playing this game for a long time for the story alone, and I have to say that it breaks my heart to see all of our heroes eventually become the villains and/or die ignominiously.Also, it would be a tired theme IMO, but perhaps isn't as resilient as her sister in resisting the voices of the old gods? Perhaps she is under the influence... she did defend Wrynn while in the air when she could have looked the other way and we know she didn't deviously abandon the alliance with Gul'dan in a manner imagined by Genn or Jaina. She is either deathly afraid of azurite at face value, succumbed to the very voices that afflicted even the great aspects, or (as I'm sure we'll discover) something else...