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7-31-2006 @ 2:10AM
I gotta open this with the fact that I'm looking forward to both races and both sides getting these classes. Alot of people are going to roll them but what alot of people dont seem to realize is not every one is going to stick with them. So its not going to be that bad, I think, number-wise. Although it does mess with the uniqueness factor of the factions and I feel that the racial traits are alittle over poweredBut on the subject of lore though is something different. I totally agree the game is more about gameplay then lore but even some one who played WC3 and the frozen throne can see how stretched to a near impossible limit the lore is on these to races have become. My real problem, I guess you could say, is that theres a much simpler answer to the lore of the Draenei being shamans and Blood Elves being pallies that doesnt turn any of the past lore on its head: The Blood Elves were allied with the humans during the happenings of WC3 and the frozen throne. It would be impossible for them to have NOT noticed pallies and their powers, magic addicted or not, and since they are addicted to magic they would have jumped at the chance to learn this new form for themselves. Its simple enough to say that they learned from the humans even if the humans werent so happy about teaching it (many of the humans acted like creeps to the light skinned elves). Lore states that the same elves supplimented humans with the arcane lore the mages uses in the first place ages before, so I'm sure they could have traded something to gain knowlege of the "light" that at least even a small group of humans would have wanted. Of course then the Blood elves could have twisted and used it as they needed to. Also considering that the "light" pallies use is much the same as the "light" priests use (in the case of humans and dwarfs its the same exact power) it wouldn't have been hard for them to adapt it for a different use, Hell in that case the Night Elves could have done the same if they truely wanted to and tack some schpeel about Elune on it and call it a day... This means no need for a vague explanation of how they got pally powers from one single Naaru and how they were somehow able to supply this power to a large amount of their people. The Draenei were, for all effective purposes, the "nextdoor neighbor" to the Orcs when they lived peacefully on Draenor before the Crusade sacked it. The Orcs were shamanistic and even though they specificly say the two races kept mostly to themsleves it would be extremely hard for a race to survive on a totally new planet (since the lore states that the world they came to call Draenor wasnt their original home) with out the help of a native body of people. pretty much the pilgram effect (only nicer). During this time the Draenei could have defenetly learned a form of shamanism to help them survive on that planet and would have certainly taken it with them when they had to flee when the crusade came and turned the Orcs. Its like a neighbor barrowing the weedwhacker and then taking it with him when he needs to move cause you've flown into a bloodthristy rage... It allows them to keep their ship, and all the light lore the way it was since they still had to face demoms but no strange encounters with the wind. no lenghty meditation by a never before heard of leader of the race that devolved into a Broken before he gained the knowlege and thus wasnt a member of the Draenei community any more (which leads to me wondering why Velen listened to him regardless of the vision of his people taking a turn for the worse). What it is though is just more race relations.And thats the thing about this new lore, the race relations are almost completely gone. It seems like Blizzard (or lore master Metzen rather)is alittle afraid to have these two races know the races that they knew when they knew them (tounge twister) which would defenetly have lead them to have a damn good reason to join the sides they did. Considering that races taught other races things all the time, this doesnt seem like such a problem so I dont really know why it was messed with so much.
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