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5-10-2010 @ 9:22AM
Drakonid would be a sweet playable race. xD But as far as hybrids go, I think they should be used judiciously... and they shouldn't be able to breed themselves *cough Garona cough*. Horses and donkeys can produce mules, but mules can't breed, because horses and donkeys are two separate species. Biologically speaking, if two different species can produce offspring, and those offspring can have their own offspring, then there is really only 2 variates of the same species(think different skin colors in humans; different kinds of the same species). Alternately, the offspring of the hybrid could be very weak and sickly, and unable to breed, but it still comes down to the same thing: if a hybrid can have kids who can have kids, then they are the same species, originally.So, this might be true of the night elves/high elves/blood elves, since they are mutated forms of the same original species(in the case of the high/blood elves). I don't know about any of the other species, though. In RP? You better have a REALLY good reason. REALLY good. And the human-and-elf-and-demon-and-dragon types are right out. >.>
5-10-2010 @ 11:17AM
I think the only problem with this logic is that in WoW, species often seems to equal race. It almost seems like every playable "race" is supposed to be the same species - humanoid or something - with major racial differences.I don't know. I think it's logical that Orcs and Draenei could breed and then their children could breed, too. But within the universe of WoW, I think they should be careful with that, lest there be so much "in-breeding" that all the races look the same and don't seem unique anymore.
5-10-2010 @ 12:15PM
@TrilynneI take it you're not a biologist. Even though biologists still debate over how to define "species", the most common definition, which is found in most textbooks, is: groups of actually or potentially interbreeding natural populations, which are reproductively isolated from other such groups. So, it doesn't mean they can't potentially reproduce and have fertile offspring with other species. Wolves and dogs are different species. So are grizzly bears and polar bears. But they can produce fertile offspring.
5-10-2010 @ 1:46PM
@Deluded spiderYou might be entirely right, I never thought of that.@TethraNo, I'm not, but I took a few classes, and I was lead to believe that 'reproductively isolated' meant that they couldn't produce fertile offspring; at least, that's what my text book said. But good point about dogs and wolves, I didn't realize they were still genetically similar enough to produce fertile offspring... You learn a new thing everyday. :P
5-10-2010 @ 3:24PM
Yep. If I recall correctly, Lion/Tiger hybrids are also fertile. The "produces offspring that can't breed" description is, I believe, used as a "simplified" explanation of what a species is. It's meant to prevent unnecessary confusion for presumably non-biologist audiences. (Such as what you'd run into in a high school biology course.) It's certainly not the only topic where a simpler, technically incorrect, answer is given in a school environment. I also have a hard time believing the orc/draenei breeding. It would be one thing if both species were from the same planet, at least then you could speculate that they have some similar ancestory that makes them genetically compatible, but Draenei are from Argus. They fled to Draenor when the Burning Legion took over their home world. But, this is Blizzard's world. They have ogres breeding with orcs, Keepers of the Grove breeding with Earth Elementals, and a Moon Goddess of unknown form getting jiggy with a giant stag. Part of the game is a suspension of disbelief, to accept what it tells us is possible in this world, even if it's not possible in ours. And for that reason, I can accept the existence of hybrids.
5-10-2010 @ 5:00PM
Not only wolves and dogs can breed, they are also actively breeded. You can even own one if you feel inclined to; one of most well known breeds is Czechoslovakian Wolf-dog (www.wolfdog.org), a fairly popular army and police dog in Eastern Europe, if a tad tough to raise and control properly. Another, a few dozen years older breed is Saarloos Wolfdog from Dutch breeders.Anyway, it's safe to say that Draenei and Orcs shouldn't be able to reproduce, since they a result of two different evolutionary lines from two totally different worlds. Draenei x Orc would be like Human x Tauren, really: one of them isn't even a primate.Neither Draenei nor Orcs should be able to reproduce with Azerothian humanoids, because once again, it's a different planet. Orcs might be able to reproduce with Ogres, since they probably share a common ancestry.Azeroth is a tad more complicated. Elves and Trolls probably share a common origin, Goblins might be of the same ancestry as well. Humans however, they came from Vrykul. Dwarves and Gnomes are both artifical constructs originally, so they probably could be made to mate with each other.Of course, we're talking World of Warcraft here. That's a world where you can walk on water if you sprinkle your feet with a bit of fish oil. So, I guess, we can't really rule out anything; if two incompatible people really really want to have offspring, they can always resort to some sort of magic in-vitro. *wink*
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