Akallandin is my favorite and oldest character. Protection has been my favorite spec, having spent about a year as Holy in Burning Crusade when I first came to Ravenholdt. I respec’ed Protection towards the end, and haven’t looked back. I tried Retribution at level 78, and have kept it as my off spec ever since. For the greater part of my time in World of Warcraft, I have done nothing but PvE with him. Finally, starting with the Relentless Gladiator season, I decided to PvP with him as well. If I could only keep one character, this would be it. 191 days, 12 hours, 37 minutes later, I wouldn’t trade it for any other class.
PvP: I really love Retribution as a spec. It is so much fun to play, it is just terrible for PvP. Protection has much more survivability, and is a lot more familiar. I managed 1800 my first season as Retribution, and then again last season as Protection. It’s tough not using this character more for PvP, but I certainly do like a challenge.
RP: This is the only character that I really have to remember what i’m doing on. He favors a truce with the Horde, and does not attack. He will only defend on Alliance territory, friends asking for help, or retaliate on a nearby settlement. I go out of my way to try and leave Horde alone on this character, and not act aggressively. Which is hard for me, because I love PvP. I think I’ve done a pretty good job; If you’ll notice I do not have ‘For the Alliance’ or ‘Wrath of the Alliance’ achievements. I did down Cairne once before I realized what I was doing, but nobody’s perfect! I got into a bit of a frenzy there for a while when I discovered Prot for PvP but regained control of myself! So i’m sure you’re asking how a Horde-friendly character can PvP. Well, I do have one caveat. Undead! My character does not separate Forsaken from your run-of-the-mill Scourge undead. Not to mention their occupying a former human kingdom. Death Knights are also considered undead. Also, back when the Blood Elves ‘kidnapped’ the Naaru, I attacked their Paladins as well until they were forgiven.