The fact that it make the users dependent on it is not corruptive? That sounds like drug. you don't need to use fel for it to make you addicted to it. Just pure simple arcane is enough.No, it changes you physically. To say it 'corrupts' is to make an evaluation of whether the change is good or bad. It isn't either of necessity.
As for shamanism, again no, I am implying that it involves dealing with beings that are not necessarily well intentioned. Two of the elemental lords were in league with the Old Gods, after all. The magic itself may not be corruptive but it opens the doorways for such beings to exert a corruptive influence, I would think. Re the Scarlets, it is the state of mind of absolute conviction I am referring to, as I don't believe the Scarlets started out bad. Again, all I am saying is that all forms of power are capable of breeding hubris, and by and large the stuff that is written about the arcane is from particular NPC perspectives - the only thing we know for sure it does stimulate is an appetite for fel, if you use fel. In turn, fel is dangerous if used in an undisciplined way, but it's a different concern.
If the argument were that the arcane gives such a rush of power, that it is disproportionately more dangerous than other forms of power, I could buy that, but again its main risks have always been presented in attracting the Legion's power and/or lapsing over to the Legion or necromancy, which a minority of mages fall prone to.
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The druids didn't fight in WotA. There was only one druid at that time which was Malfurion.my main problem with that reasoning is that the highbourne rebels fought alongside them.
had the druids fought then locked up the highbourne rebels and said okay we wont kill you but you cant use magic, then i would agree.
but dath'remar and his rebels were integral to winning the war of the ancients, he saved tyrandes life, they risked their own lives by turning away from azshara, they fought side by side with the druids and used the same magic they vilified in order to help them win, without them they wouldve lost or atleast had been severely gimped in the war.
then to go back and say "hey i know you guys fought side by side with us and that your magic helped us win but stop using it or ill kill you"
that just rubs me the wrong way, they fought just as hard as the druids did, they didnt plan on abusing magic they just wanted to continue using the same power that had come to be essential in their lives.
in my opinion they deserved that.
demon hunters i understand a bit more but even so when times are tough what does tyrande do? she breaks illidan right out and brings him back into the fold as soon as times get tough. that to me gives the vibe that "hey this is bad, until we need what you do, then its not bad, until we say its bad again"
alpha prime i agree, he did go insane but part of the reason he ended up going to far is because of the way malfurion treated experimentation among druidism.
the main way i view night elf culture is one of stagnation due to harsh tradition.
its not that they arent nice to people, or that they arent accepting. its that they seem so easy to go back on their morals the minute times get a bit to tough.
and its not that they are the only race that ever acts that way but i find that blizzard tends to focus mainly on characters that do act that way when it comes to the night elves.
id like to see more night elves willing to break tradition, more variety among their character archtypes