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2-19-2012 @ 2:29AM
I think the issue with this is the confusion between cant and arent.Blood elves CAN be druids, EVERYONE can be druids. Mechagnomes can probably be druids (that chick in Ulduar is a construct yet has nature powers).And there is no necessary lore rewrite to make it so they can be, the issue is that they arent druids.First of all, there is the issue that Druids are a learned practice. Anyone can use nature magic, anyone can channel power if it exists. However, Druids learn from a specific person how to use that nature in certain ways. How to enter the emerald dream. Its just like a paladin. Anyone can use the holy light, anyone can fight with a sword. But for the past few decades Paladins have been a special Class in the Caste system. A special people with certain education and training and part of an organization. However the FIRST paladins where just warriors who learned the holy light (Uther) or priests that learned how to fight ( i believe Tirion). This is established in Cycle of Hatred. And with RECENT paladins (blood knights) its proved you can be a paladin without any of the faith or reasoning behind it. all you need is a sword and the holy light (and armor i guess).The reasoning behind race class combos is not "there are none of those" but rather "there arent enough of those to warrant it being playable". I believe this was commented on way back in lich king when we saw the argent crusade, pretty much all races in it, and wondering if they where paladins. It might have been before the massive involvement of blizzard answering questions, so maybe the answer was unofficial. But orcs, gnomes, forsaken can be paladins too (I forget the name of him, but a certain undead member of the Crusade would back me up).Indeed any troll casters we saw in the field where usually casting either lighting bolt...ooooor shadowbolt. They where either shaman or warlocks. Trolls COULD be warlocks all along. but The Horde doesnt have trolls. It has DARKSPEAR trolls. Those specific and rare trolls COULD be warlocks, but they didnt choose that. However now that they have cloistered themselves off they have gone back to their old ways. Voodoo and dealing with darkspirits. I.E. Warlock (and shadow priest, look it up). Now they are warlocks. There where always BLood elf warriors, but years ago, if you where going to fight you wanted to be sneaky(rogue) or if you wanted to wear heavy armor why not sign up to be a blood knight? there was no reason for it. Gnomes never had a reason to use the light until their dwarf friends showed how useful it is and they found out there is a god(s) and they literally created them. orcs COULD be mages, but most either saw Fel energy as the best source of power, or shamanism as the only good source of power, after years of dealing with mages that dont eat souls they where like "hey we can cast magic without it being evil"This all applies to druids as well. They can be druids, if someone taught them (all it took was 2 highborne in darnassus to teach night elves how to be mages again). They can be druids but they dont go down that path. Swordsmanship, stealth, The Light, and magical power. These are the values of Blood elves. The only reverence of nature we see in blood elves is in their rangers, and that mostly stems from their rangers living in it, and a general elf love of beauty. Yes i do realize blood elves revere nature a little more than that. but that is not the point.There is no one to teach them. and there is no reason for a young blood elf to think "i want to be a druid when i grow up"
2-19-2012 @ 8:46AM
And that's where the path of the High Botanist Freywinn comes in. He discovered a path through which they can manipulate the nature spirits and channel their nature power. And did it so in a very "highborn" way: dominating it, mastering it, instead of accepting it as master... kinda the same thing they did with the holy light and how the blood knights came to be.All it takes is that, now that the Tempest Keep is "liberated", some Blood Elf researcher explores the Botanica and finds out what Freywinn did.
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