1. #25361
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaedan View Post
    Again, I'm not arguing against blood elves joining the Horde. I'm actually fine with blood elves joining the Horde and staying there until the end of WotLK. My point was about them not actually having enough motivations to stay afterwards, because the Horde only drags them to conflicts unrelated to them, costing them resources and lives of their people, leaving them unable to fully defend their homeland when Amani prepares to attack Silvermoon, or even fully retake Ghostlands and restore the land. Elves also faced mistrust and prejudice from other Horde races since they joined the faction and later even racism (hello Garrosh). They left Alliance for way less then that. Also, I'm not saying they should join the Alliance. They shouldn't.

    It has also nothing to do with night elves, forsaken or draenei joining their perspective factions too.
    I can think of one big incentive for the blood elves staying with the horde, and that is that they have learned from the past.

    The people of quel'thalas have realized that they cannot go it alone anymore, nor can they just skate by as fair weather friends to those who help them in times of need. I believe the blood elves have realized that, for the security of their own future, they need to be part of something bigger (Horde or Alliance, doesn't really matter). The horde and the alliance are the two greatest military powers on azeroth (that we know of). Being a half-hearted friend to one or the other, and then dipping off when times are good for the elves, won't secure their future. To do that, the blood elves had to commit to one of those powers, and they were written as choosing the horde.

    For the blood elves to abandoned that association, just as they had done to lordaeron, would leave them with no one to turn to when the next threat arises. They would have burned most bridges with either great military power that could have come to their aid... just like when there was no one there to stop Arthas from marching his way to the sunwell and slaughtering 90% of their population.

    To me it makes perfect sense that the blood elves have chosen to stay with the horde. That's not to say they have been happy with everything the horde has done, but I believe the idea, especially now with the council instead of warchief, is for the blood elves to play a much more significant part in how the horde operates. Silvermoon would be less of a vassal state of the horde, and more of an equal partner that has more power to influence and shape the horde's future than they ever had before.

  2. #25362
    Quote Originally Posted by FossilFree View Post
    Indeed. I wish they would use the term species for groups that share underlying biology and culture or ethnicity for artistic/linguistic variations on a species, like Wildhammer dwarves could be of the species dwarf but the culture Wildhammer. There could also be a tab to select an ethnicity on the character creation screen, where the customization options are bundled by cultural group.
    That's the thing, the problem is that in WoW the term race is just too broad; it's used to describe species, ethnicities and magical/mechanical changes. Even if there were to be a biological component for differentiation for all races (there isn't) it is way too broad to have a meaningful value.

    It's just weird that Draenei, Tauren, Night Elf, Blood Elf and Void Elves are all defined as "different races" when the degree separation/distinction between them is so different. It's just not specific enough.

    And given all the different groups we call "races", race in WoW is so nebulous that discussions about it just lack nuance, when their main purpose really is just a gameplay thing.

    Maybe it would be nicer if we had a more nuanced species and ethnicities subcategorization, but we might as well could just see "race" in WoW as a concept heavily weighted by gaemplay decisions rather than something that makes exclusive sense within the lore, because as it stands, "race" does not require a biological component.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyriani View Post
    Want to know what makes me believe that draenei were originally supposed to be horde and blood elves alliance? It's the fact that the Exodar has an easily accessible back entrance right to the racial leader, while silvermoon doesn't lol!

    All of these are without considering flying in mind cause there wasn't any flying in vanilla zones until cata:

    Orgrimmar - side entrance to thrall
    Undercity - tunnel to sylvanas
    Thunderbluff - a road behind most of the structures, away from the npc's leading right to cairne/baine

    vs.

    Stormwind - have to go through the front gate, several choke points, and lots of npcs (prior to the docks exposing the other side but even then it's probably a longer road to Varian/Anduin).
    Teldrassil - have to go through auberdine, to get to boat, to get to base of teldrassil, to use teleporter up to main city, then ride through all the npcs.
    Ironforge - have to go through the front gate, ride through several choke points and npcs, before you get to the target.

    It's probably just my own personal conspiracy theory but damn if it doesn't just make sense to me.
    From what I remember the devs saying, in the planning stages for BC the alliance were originally going to have HE, the horde would get ogres. The lack of an appealing model for female ogres and market research among Asian players asking for a cute race lead to HE going to the horde as BE. For the alliance, pandaren where chosen, but then switched with firbolg, then, as development progressed, at the last minute they were replaced with draenei. You can see this with all the firbolg stuff on Azuremyst isle. I can't remember where I read all these things, but it makes a lot of sense.

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    ngl Furbolgs are cool I wish we had them too

    Furbolgs and Ogres seem to be perfect counterparts
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  5. #25365
    Quote Originally Posted by MyWholeLifeIsThunder View Post
    That's the thing, the problem is that in WoW the term race is just too broad; it's used to describe species, ethnicities and magical/mechanical changes. Even if there were to be a biological component for differentiation for all races (there isn't) it is way too broad to have a meaningful value.

    It's just weird that Draenei, Tauren, Night Elf, Blood Elf and Void Elves are all defined as "different races" when the degree separation/distinction between them is so different. It's just not specific enough.

    And given all the different groups we call "races", race in WoW is so nebulous that discussions about it just lack nuance, when their main purpose really is just a gameplay thing.

    Maybe it would be nicer if we had a more nuanced species and ethnicities subcategorization, but we might as well could just see "race" in WoW as a concept heavily weighted by gaemplay decisions rather than something that makes exclusive sense within the lore, because as it stands, "race" does not require a biological component.
    Yea that's definitely the problem using the term "race." It tries to mix up species and culture into a single descriptive term, when those things are really not equivalent to each other at all.

    It would be cool to see Thalassian elf as the species with culture being either High Elf, Blood Elf, or Void Elf. Then if you picked Void Elf it sticks you on Alliance and Blood Elf sticks you on Horde. Someone suggested this a few pages back with images of how it might look on the character creation screen. I really like that suggestion.

  6. #25366
    Quote Originally Posted by FossilFree View Post
    Yea that's definitely the problem using the term "race." It tries to mix up species and culture into a single descriptive term, when those things are really not equivalent to each other at all.

    It would be cool to see Thalassian elf as the species with culture being either High Elf, Blood Elf, or Void Elf. Then if you picked Void Elf it sticks you on Alliance and Blood Elf sticks you on Horde. Someone suggested this a few pages back with images of how it might look on the character creation screen. I really like that suggestion.
    Indeed, I like that one a lot too! IMO the character creation screen could be revamped in much cooler ways. If there was customization options regarding racials during creation, this could have so much more potential.

    TBH I would go as far as to put all elves on the same category

  7. #25367
    Quote Originally Posted by elbleuet View Post
    Aww... Bad bad humans.

    That's why the Blood Elves returned to Dalaran twice I suppose... Because humans are really bad and racist.


    Anyways... Quel'Thalas and Silvermoon are part of Alliance Lore more than ever now. So no I don't get over it.

    Also your comment about how the Alliance is all about humans and its history so bad is really funny considering what the blood elves have become in the Horde since Wotlk... Humans with long ears having faith in the light.
    Thankfully they made great buddies with three groups that tried to wipe them out. :^)

    But at least they didn't have an individual member of those groups act racist! Insert clap emojis here.

  8. #25368
    Quote Originally Posted by MyWholeLifeIsThunder View Post
    TBH I would go as far as to put all elves on the same category
    Agreed. They are all very closely related after all.

  9. #25369
    Quote Originally Posted by ravenmoon View Post
    Nah, we are talking about more elves, not more of other races. Presumably more elves means more other sub races.

    but night elf worgen are worgen, why should humans be favoured as the humanoid version of those worgens givign them yet another race? why can't it be night elves who only have 1 allied race, even though elves have 2.

    We want more elves, but that's not to say we want them without other races.

    Your WoD scenario is when Blizzard just focused on orcs.. , no other races.

    If we get naga, you can't avoid elves, they are an elf based race, whether as n allied race or full race. And an elf for them would be cool. Optional transofmation means if you hate elves you can just stay in serpent form, if you love elves you have a choice. Haters would say, give us serpent form and remove elf mode totally, the reason they say that even though they have a choice to be in serpent form all the times, is because they hate elves, and don't like you playing them.. so whether blizzard gave no elf improvements, they'd complain..because you play it, and theys ee many elves around.

    The elven subraces have not increased the elf fans or elven popularity, what's happened is that the elf players have used other elf options. mostly. I think only human n umbers suffered from void elves really, but then humans are still very poppular.
    Well, more Elf-sub races is kind of not warranted, all things considered.

    The 5 (arguably 6) main groups of Elves:
    Night Elves
    Blood Elves
    Nightborne
    Void Elves
    (and through RP)
    High Elves
    Highborne

    Are all playable. Unless it's through extra customization, like red eyes for Blood Elves - then, I just can't see how an extra elf race can add something. I'm all for more features, but not another Darnassian and Thalassian Elf race, taking up an sub-race slot.
    Not when we could have something like Ogres (Horde) and Ethereals (Alliance.)

    And the common Worgen lore does come from the kaldorei, but now - Blizzard have wrote the "Worgen" side out of the Night Elves and given it to the Humans. It's likely because they don't want to confuse players. The Worgen we play as are former Humans and they were set up to do battle against the Forsaken, also - former Humans.

    Again, we as elf fans are not bleeding for options - especially when 9.1.5 comes around. We are being treated well, especially the Nightborne. (Better late than never.)

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    The Wrynns and their High Elf bitches



    (also I'm in need of someone who could texture Vereesa's tabard with the Silver Covenant design)
    The Alliance gets the Horde's most popular race. The Horde should get the Alliance's most popular race in return. Alteraci Humans for the Horde!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanaria View Post
    Stormwind is fairly suitable for the High Elves, considering they love working with Humans and many live between Stormwind and Dalaran.

    Night Elves will likely get something on Hyjal/Nordrassil.
    Forsaken will likely return to Lordaeron.
    No alliance , or high elf fan will ever agree that stormwind is suitable or fairly suitable for high elves. If you're a fan, it's not home, your people didn't build it, and as an elf you won't be satisfied with living in someone else's place as youyr permanent home.

    NAnd night elves are even more fiercely proud. Have the land, the power, the expertise and you should be able to.

    High Elves/Void elves:

    Land: Telogrus rift or Crystalsong Forest are both available to claim amongst other sides
    Power: The power of the void is the new energy /power source they can tap into if they can't use the sunwell directly.
    Expertise: The void elf scholars are some of the most learned and dedicated practitioners of magic. Look who comes to study the void? Scholars, magicians.. the expertise is there.

    Night Elves:
    Land: North and western Kalimdor, Broken Isles, anywhere from Val'sharah to broken shore (incl Suramar apart from the bit the Nightborne are in.
    Power: Well of Eternity, The emerald dream/world tree, Font of Elune.
    Expertise: Ancients of lore etc who remember everything (they helped build the original cities and remember every detail), Shen'dralar Highborne - (they engineered many of the magical wonders that made the kaldorei empire magical wonder and spectacle). 10k year+ priests who'd have been part of the building of some of the most extraordinary temples (see Cathedral of Eternal night, Temples of Elune in Zin'Azshari, Val'sharah, old Darnassus.) It was the ancients and those very highborne that built the kaldorei cities.


    From a lore point of view, night elves and void/high elves can gain powerful cities.

    but we all know, established lore is meaningless in these things. If they had no expertise we could logically trace or power or anything and blizz wanted to give them a city, they'd give them one and write the lore for al the pieces you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ardenaso View Post
    The Wrynns and their High Elf bitches



    (also I'm in need of someone who could texture Vereesa's tabard with the Silver Covenant design)
    They look ghastly, like pimps and their hos. Not the most flattering rendition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyWholeLifeIsThunder View Post
    Indeed, I like that one a lot too! IMO the character creation screen could be revamped in much cooler ways. If there was customization options regarding racials during creation, this could have so much more potential.

    TBH I would go as far as to put all elves on the same category
    Yes, pretty much.. blizzard were clever in wow, by focusing on the aspects of one group that were diminished in another t, then changing their models to make them deafferent. But erven then, they were very similar. The Silvermoon architecture had a lot of inspiration from the Darnassus one - but players were so fooled by the whole package they missed it.

    And then did the same with Suramar,. but then it's only wow that insisted on such distinctiveness.. because of the factions.

    Good thing is most players see them as very similar, it's only die hards that are so fixated on them, that love seeing them as a completely different race - which I've never understand how they could think so when they both bear the name "elf" in their race name. and you can literally see the similarities if you look and think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    No alliance , or high elf fan will ever agree that stormwind is suitable or fairly suitable for high elves.
    well at least you didn't say Silvermoon/Quel'thalas like those who demand another mile after being given a mile

    I'd say Eldre'thalas; it's the last remaining Highborne bastion and Mordent has a claim on it. The Alliance High Elves and the Void Elves (and the Draenei too) can unite with the Alliance Highborne to restore Eldre'thalas and make it a new arcane bastion for the Alliance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    They look ghastly, like pimps and their hos. Not the most flattering rendition.
    hmm Quenching Mod is turned off so perhaps Reforged looks ugly here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ardenaso View Post
    Eldre'thalas! It could be a new fortress for Void Elves, Shen'dralar, and Alliance High Elves (with Draenei inhabitants since they're also arcane-oriented)
    Was kinda more thinking something in Arathi or Loch Modan, maybe Darkshore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The-Shan View Post
    Or in a revampedAlterac, imagine a fortress of shadow and snow.
    Nah, Alterac deserves to lie in ruins. Bunch of traitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matheney2k View Post
    Shouldn't this thread be merged with the official Blood Elf thread, since they are basically one and the same?
    Pretty sure this thread is much older, so it'd be the other way around

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    Quote Originally Posted by matheney2k View Post
    Shouldn't this thread be merged with the official Blood Elf thread, since they are basically one and the same?
    Not really. This thread is now place for discussion regarding all thalassian groups, including both Alliance and Horde groups. Blood elf discussion thread is only for blood elves. It's very similar, but it actually has it's place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ardenaso View Post
    I'd say Eldre'thalas; it's the last remaining Highborne bastion and Mordent has a claim on it. The Alliance High Elves and the Void Elves (and the Draenei too) can unite with the Alliance Highborne to restore Eldre'thalas and make it a new arcane bastion for the Alliance
    The problem with Eldre'thalas is that the Silver Covenant high elves and the void elves are too hung up on getting Quel'thalas for either themselves or into the Alliance *with* the blood elves as per Vereesa, Umbric and Alleria's own words.

    The Highvale high elves have their own self-sufficient village so wouldn't be interested either.

    The majority of night elves see north-east Kalimdor as their homeland, rebuilding Eldre'thalas would be weird for them as it is far to the south, away from their homeland, and they made that mistake already with Feathermoon Stronghold.

    The Draenei have shown no big interest in building a shared city, or nation, with the night elves except for one small village that probably got wrecked by the Horde during the Fourth War. There are draenei settlers with the Highvale elves, but again it seems neither of those two are interested in packing up shop and heading to Kalimdor.

    That leaves the Shen'dralar and a very large group of those died during the Fourth War so alone they wouldn't stand a chance to reclaim Eldre'thalas for generations.

    (ignoring Blizzard's style of writing in all this ofcourse).

    Quote Originally Posted by Lilithvia View Post
    Was kinda more thinking something in Arathi or Loch Modan, maybe Darkshore.
    Why, for the love of whatever diety, would the night elves, high elves, void elves and Highborne elves want to live in Arathi or Loch Modan?

    Quote Originally Posted by The-Shan View Post
    Or in a revampedAlterac, imagine a fortress of shadow and snow.
    That makes even less sense, especially considering that Forsaken evacuated there after and during the Fourth War, it is centrally located in Forsaken territory, large parts are held (in-Lore) by the Frostwolf Clan and it is a former human nation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lilithvia View Post
    Nah, Alterac deserves to lie in ruins. Bunch of traitors.
    I support Alterac City as the new capital for the new Forsaken nation under Calia Menethil and Derek Proudmoore (until Capital City is cleansed and it's sewers filled up with concrete).

    Precedent is there as the nation of Alterac was annexed by Lordaeron after the Second War and according to the war table the Forsaken evacuated civilians there during both the Battle of Lordaeron and during the Fourth War and the surrounding areas where heavily fought over during the Fourth War (and it's all about location too, Alterac is smack in the middle of core Forsaken territory with Stromgarde and Gilneas within "easy" reach incase of new hostilities).

    Quote Originally Posted by matheney2k View Post
    Shouldn't this thread be merged with the official Blood Elf thread, since they are basically one and the same?
    No, they have their own thread and high elf fans have their own thread. It's better this way, trust me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowtwili View Post
    Why, for the love of whatever diety, would the night elves, high elves, void elves and Highborne elves want to live in Arathi or Loch Modan?

    I support Alterac City as the new capital for the new Forsaken nation under Calia Menethil and Derek Proudmoore (until Capital City is cleansed and it's sewers filled up with concrete).

    Precedent is there as the nation of Alterac was annexed by Lordaeron after the Second War and according to the war table the Forsaken evacuated civilians there during both the Battle of Lordaeron and during the Fourth War and the surrounding areas where heavily fought over during the Fourth War (and it's all about location too, Alterac is smack in the middle of core Forsaken territory with Stromgarde and Gilneas within "easy" reach incase of new hostilities).
    1, it's in core Alliance territory (Especially now that Stromgarde is once again a Human nation in the Alliance and now that the Forsaken have been removed from Gilneas because of the loss of territory during the lead up to the Battle for Lordaeron) and could easily be reinforced by the Dwarves and by Stormwind itself, contains a lot of nature (something Night Elves like), and easily fortified.

    2, Alterac is now within clear Alliance territory after Alliance victories in Stromgarde, Gilneas, and Lordaeron.

    3. Gilneas and Stromgarde are not within "easy" reach for what remains of core Forsaken territory (The Plaguelands, as well as eastern Tirisfal Glades)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dristereau View Post
    Which do we prefer? Purple or Blue? I really like the Alliance specific sets, want to get the hunter set as well
    Being a fan on contrast, I prefer the lieutenant commander's regalia (the blue set) with the regular skin tones and hair. I'm not a fan of the void skin tones or hair with either set to be honest, but especially not the field marshal's regalia (the purple set) since it's harder to see where your skin and hair end and the actual outfit begins due to the pale blue parts of the set. But that's just to my personal tastes. If it looks good to you, then it shouldn't matter what myself or any other person thinks.

    When using the void skin tones, the outfit colors that seem to go best (to my eyes at least) are limited to primarily darker purples and blues (especially with a non-blue/purple accent color such as the heritage armor), darker reds and magentas, blacks, desaturated browns (depends on the accent colors though). The void skin tones is such a limited palette that it made it very difficult for me to find transmogs I was happy with. The heritage armor (and anything else in the same color scheme) was one of the few that was perfect. Everything else I tried was hit or miss.

    Here were some of my transmog sets prior to the natural skin tones:



    The first, second, and fifth outfits were more likely for me to wear because of the contrast they offered (though I did change my hair color to the blue-green tinted hair for the 5th outfit) The 3rd outfit (mage tier3) wasn't awful, but like so many other outfits next to the void skin tones, I felt like I got "lost" in the outfit due to my skin and hair just blending in with it. In other cases like the 6th outfit, the contrast was kind of there, but not as pleasant to view for my eyes, and my hair color in that shot just again made my feel more like the outfit was wearing me rather than the other way around (though I could have swapped to the burgundy hair color to fix that). For me to appreciate the 4th outfit (mooncloth robe), I had to swap to the darkest skin tone to get the contrast I sought and still like the way it looked.
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