Of Blood and Honor is a short story by Chris Metzen, set in the ''Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse.'' It is an e-book. The story is set sometimes after ''Literature/LordOfTheClans'', but before ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. It tells of Tirion's meeting with Eitrigg, an [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orc]], which forces him to rethink his fundamental beliefs and decide exactly who is the monster.

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: After Tirion wonders why the Orcs, if they were honorable, would let themselves be controlled so easily.
-->'''Eitrigg''': Have you ever stood against the will of an entire nation, human? Have you ever questioned an order, knowing that to disobey meant immediate death?
* BeingGoodSucks: Tirion loses everything protecting Eitrigg. Eitrigg even points out at one point that Tirion has never had to make any great sacrifices to do the right thing.
* BittersweetEnding: Tirion saves Eitrigg, but loses virtually everything in the process.
* BookEnds: Early on in the story, Tirion recalls becoming a paladin. The story ends with his son Taelan becoming one.
* ContinuityCameo: Arthas and Antonidas, with less than five lines of speech each. Thrall makes an appearance in Tirion's last scene, meeting Eitrigg.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Eitrigg
* EveryoneHasStandards: In spite of his disapproval for Tirion's decision and willingness to exile him, Uther is offended by Barthilas' lack of respect for Tirion, as Barthilas' superior and Uther's comrade in arms.
* FantasticRacism: Tirion is perhaps the only human who does not unquestioningly accept that all orcs must die. Considering the Horde's behavior during the previous wars, they can't be blamed to think they are right.
* HonorBeforeReason: Karandra accuses Tirion of doing this, especially when it comes to Eitrigg. She is motivated by a mixture of believing that the orcs' lives have no value, and by a concern of what it might.
-->'''Karandra''': Will your honor keep us fed and our son decently clothed? How can you maintain this senseless obsession in the face of what's happened? What happened to the responsible man I married?
* ImprovisedWeapon: Tirion uses a rusted sledgehammer as a weapon when saving Eitrigg.
* IndyPloy: Tirion's rescue of Eitrigg from the gallows comes down to this, as he even has to steal his weapon.
* LawfulStupid: Tirion
* MagicKnight: All paladins are healer/warriors.
* MeaningfulEcho: Near the beginning of the story, we see Tirion becoming a paladin. At the end, Taelan, Tirion's son, becomes a paladin, taking the same oath.
* NobleBigot: Uther is, for the most part, honorable, but he is prejudiced against the orcs to the point at which he believes Tirion must be exiled for helping one.
* NotSoDifferent: Tirion tries to claim this with Eitrigg, but Eitrigg angrily retorts that Tirion is a respected and wealthy lord while he is forced to eke out a living in the wilderness.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Eitrigg is an honorable orc who doesn't want to fight humans much.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Uther to Barthilas, when he disrespects Tirion while giving testimony.
-->'''Uther''': You will learn to control your tongue, ''junior'' Paladin. I have known this man for years. We saved each other's lives more than once, and stood victorious over the enemy more times than I can clearly remember. Whatever he may have done, he certainly deserves more than to be harangued by an unseasoned boy like yourself.
** Karandra to Tirion.
-->'''Karandra''': Exiled? Light-damn you, Tirion! I told you your precious honor would be the end of us!
-->'''Tirion''': Without honor, woman, everything we have is meaningless!
-->'''Karandra''': Will your honor keep us fed and our son decently clothed? How can you maintain this senseless obsession in the face of what's happened? What happened to the responsible man I married?
-->'''Tirion''': I have always been this way, Karandra! Don't talk to me as if it's a surprise! You knew marrying a Paladin would demand certain sacrifices.
-->'''Karandra''': And I've made plenty of them. Willingly! I held my tongue every time you rode off to battle. I sat here, alone, for countless hours- waiting to hear if you were alive or dead. Do you have any idea of what that was like for me? I never complained once all those times that you left us for your bureaucratic duties. I knew you had a job to do. I knew people counted on you. But I counted on you, too, damn it! I kept it all inside so that you could 'do your duty' with honor. I know all about sacrifices, Tirion. But this time the price is too high.
* TakingTheKids: Karandra, who refuses to be exiled along with Tirion for what she considers a foolish decision, tells him that their son Taelan is staying with her.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Uther demands that Barthilas show respect for Tirion at his trial. Tirion also demands respect when Barthilas accuses him of withholding information about Eitrigg.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Tirion is faced with this decision. He chooses what he thinks is good, although none of the other humans agree about this.
* UriahGambit: Eitrigg's sons were sent into a hopeless battle by a rival orc.
* WhatTheHellHero: Every single human character's reaction when he tries to save Eitrigg's life.



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