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11-14-2010 @ 7:42PM
Re: Unknowingly giving Morrowgrain to Staghelm to mess with Malfurion:Yeah, my bad. I just really really really wanted that pretty white kitty to ride around on. It was back in vanilla when being exalted with your non-home-city really meant something. If it's any consolation I turned in a ton of Runecloth, too. Next we'll find out that Staghelm was using that to make comfy pullovers for Twilight cultists...As for the "happy ending"...the last chapter was full of WTF for me. Since when do night elves have formal marriage ceremonies? I guess it's never been stated that they don't, but for a people who live for thousands upon thousands of years, and where a large segment of the male population is in Emerald limbo half the time, it just seemed like things were a bit more informal. Obviously they form mated couples, as the widower on the Auberdine docks and the poor fisherman on Silvermyst Isle prove, but it never seemed to me like they viewed relationships the same way as humans do.Furthermore, whatever terms the night elves use, it never in a million years occurred to me that Malfurion and Tyrande weren't already an official pair. Life partners, mates, spouses, whatever terminology you want to use, it seemed completely obvious that they were bonded, and had been for a very long time.As a Kaldorei lore buff I was eager to see what Night Elf marriage ceremonies are like, but as Knaak wrote it, it was disappointingly generic.Now, granted, there were none of the modern Western wedding customs that are so glaringly out of place in fanfics. No layered cake, no white dress with train and veil, no ringbearer, no stag party (Get it? Stag? Furion? HA!!!!), no rings, no bouquet toss, none of that non-Azerothian silliness.But they did each have a trusted friend of the same gender accompany them as sponsors, even if the terms "best man" and "maid/matron of honor" weren't used. And they did sort of walk down the aisle.Still, the actual joining ceremony seemed to consist of "Well, here we are! Bless our union! KTHXBYE!" No vows were said, no trinkets exchanged. Seemed quite bland to me.Yeah, in the middle of major lore developments that endanger all of Azeroth, I'm worried about Night Elf weddings... -_-' Dorky or not, it's cultural details like that which make a fictional universe come alive, and this seemed like a missed opportunity to me.
11-14-2010 @ 8:03PM
One word: KNAAAAAAAAACK!!Sintra E'Drien of the Ebon Blade, né Sindorei (still ravenously Worgen-curious)
11-15-2010 @ 1:19AM
I got the impression, when I was reading "Stormrage" and the wedding sequence, that Night Elves don't hold weddings, even when they have "marriages," and that a wedding like that was a custom taken from the other races and held as a sort of community-building event as well as an affirmation of their bond (and their relationship being more stable). The dragons even show up to officiate! I got a sense it wasn't a Night Elf custom at all, very heavily based on the Human weddings but without all the cake and religion
11-15-2010 @ 2:03AM
Oh yes, I didn't like the marriage ceremony either. Like you, I figured they took care of that a long, long time ago. Pretty ridiculous that they hadn't, actually. And the ceremony itself...well, far too human. I didn't like it at all. (Hello, opinion!)As I just posted in the part 1 thread, I didn't like the whole defeat of Xavius either. Far too god-mode Dues Ex Machina cheat code for me. "I'm the most powerful being on Azeroth, mwahahahaha, oh wait, I just wanna get married."
11-15-2010 @ 9:35AM
See, I was never under the impression that Malfurion and Tyrannde were an official item. There was still the whole thing with Illidan that probably kept them at odds with each other for a while. I mean, they certainly liked each other but with Illidan and the Dream keeping the two apart, I don't believe they considered themselves to be the couple everyone assumed they were.
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