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7-16-2007 @ 10:32AM
The Blood Elves in WoW are one of my favorite creations in fantasy, largely because they take two entirely different takes on elves and attempt to merge them. One the one hand, they come off visually like fairy princesses from a Disney movie, with their tra-la-la movement animations. Their cities come complete with magically animated broomsticks everywhere. But their culture and attitude resemble the subterranean Drow Elves from D&D, in Greyhawk and the Forgotten Realms. They are power-mad, vengeful, and given to endless in-fighting. (And they seem to be a matriarchy in practice if not in theory. Female player characters definitely seem to predominate, and the males aren't all that male.) Their visuals make them all the more scary, IMO. Orcs aren't an "evil" race anymore. Tauren are not an evil race. Trolls aren't evil, only ugly. Even the Forsaken are not really evil, what with the struggling to free themselves from the Scourge and such. Blood elves are Evil with a capital E. My only regret is that we can't skin them for trophies.The merger of these two concepts was something of a coup, even if neither half is entirely original. In high fantasy, "originality" comes from recycling the stereotypes in new combinations.
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