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8-25-2008 @ 11:28AM
Great article, as always, David. ^^Just to clarify ..."Thrall believes that they have the same potential as all the other orcs and is trying to improve their condition, but it is still unlikely that such an orc could rise to be a great adventurer just yet."Does this mean that it's UNLIKELY YET POSSIBLE that an Orcish Peon might rise to greatness? This statement gave me all sorts of ideas for new character concepts.
8-25-2008 @ 11:32AM
Actually, on that note: Doesn't Grek - the, ahem, rather "simple-minded" fellow at the center of the Horde stronghold in Terrokar Forest - speak in the same manner as a Peon? (e.g. "Someone come read this sign to Grek! Grek want to help!")
8-25-2008 @ 2:00PM
Hmm.... okaaaay... I didn't know about Grek. I guess you could try out your idea -- but think real hard about it and make it plausible. How could someone with learning disabilities rise to that level of success, especially since peons are so much looked down upon? Also, you want to be very careful not to oversimplify "simple people" with learning disabilities, speech impediments and the like. Forrest Gump is a good example of a story that didn't go too far, and there are many others as well -- it works as long as these characters are *real* people, with all the complexities real people have and relate to, not just a dummy with bad grammar.
8-25-2008 @ 11:39PM
"I didn't know about Grek. I guess you could try out your idea -- but think real hard about it and make it plausible."I remembered the name of the place: Stonebreaker Hold. He stands in the middle of the base and very clearly states that he can't read, but wants to help. (He's also armed to the teeth.)As for making it plausible: That's always the issue, isn't it? :-/"How could someone with learning disabilities rise to that level of success, especially since peons are so much looked down upon?""Sheer persistence" was kinda what I was thinking. Rising in the face of adversity, that sort of thing. If they're in a supportive environment they really can do anything that their bloodthirsty, demon-whipping, nature-channeling peers can do.Personally I've always thought of Orcish Peons as being Horde reflections of Human Peasants. Peasants are not "Noble" in the societal sense; they don't come from wealth, and consequently, their typical lack of formal education and "big city" advantages represent that. Peons are very similar, but for some reason, it's often argued there is something physical about them that is vastly different from there human counterparts. I never really understood why Peons were assumed to be mentally inhibited; they sure know how to fight as well as any other Orc, and I think they could prove themselves, if they were just given the right support and encouragement. (I'm leary of using the term "savant" but it definitely comes to mind.)Hell, even Forrest Gump could change the world, and all it took was the right people surrounding him.
9-05-2008 @ 5:24PM
A peon-like orc would find plenty of support if he/she could pull off learning shamanism and "speccing resto". Since when do grunts get finnicky about their healer?
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