Hey guys! I am sorry I am sooo late to join the party, but this thread has been such an interesting read that I just couldn't walk past. I read the lore pages and then watched the trailers. Interestingly, before seeing the videos I thought that Dominion were "good" guys who were tainted with one "evil" deed (Arboria) and Exiles were the "bad" guys who were exonerated by doing one "good" deed (also Arboria). Perfect symmetry! Needless to say the videos present an opposite view on who is the "good" and who is the "bad", although I do genuinely struggle to identify myself with the faction where only 1 race is acknowledged as being "intelligent". I am sorry if my view offends you, but IMO the Exiles consist of 1) rebel traitors (or their descendants) 2) rock throwing fanatics who are barely evolved enough to have communicable speech 3)Forest druids (cute and friendly, and clearly innocent victims, but still not exactly enlightened intellectuals). Mordesh are the only redeeming race. To give historical analogies, my Suomi friend above mentioned the Winter War (also I don't feel this is a right analogy as this was a conflict between two sovereign nations, rather than between a nation and an anarchist group), but this has got me thinking about 1919 and refusal of King George to grant exile to his cousin, czar Nicholas II's family (not to czar himself) out of fear for political and social repercussions. General view of contemporary British historians is that George was right because he has put the interests of his nation ahead of the interest of his cousin's family. Although I am sure entire Royal Family did sympathize with the cute Russian princess girls who were later brutally murdered. I guess in a way you can look at it as British historians agreeing with Steampunkette in the old "every action has consequences" maxim. Having said that, I don't agree with Steampunkette that Aurin collectively "had it coming". Their queen, however, is the real villain here, who has dragged their nation into an avoidable conflict and then one way or another abandoned her people. Her escape from Arboria perfectly confirms Xlugon's view that people at the top of every society care only about their own self-preservation. I don't agree with Xlugon on the notion of universal "right" and "wrong". Every person has their own view on what is right and what is wrong. Aurin who lost her/his loved ones on Arboria and Cassian who lost his/her loved ones during the initial rebellion on the "Gambler's ruin" will both be equally right and equally wrong in their hatred of the opposing faction. To wrap it up, I definitely do not feel that Exiles are "good" as a faction. Aurin (except their queen) are. But if you add a spoon of sugar to the bowl of <REDACTED> it doesn't turn it into into a bowl of honey.