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#9836922 Aug 04, 2014 at 07:42 PM · Edited over 4 years ago
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(Pasting this from the old forums, Thanks to Danikah and Kalanii and Quill for these and their preservation.)

Quill’s Advice to Blood Elves/Those Who Hate Them

Original Post (Repost by Kalanii):

Your eyes are green.

The only blue permitted is the frosty blue of a DK. There are no exceptions. The Sunwell reigniting did not make your eyes change color; fel taint is permanent. Orcs haven't gone back to brown skin.

You are not a High Elf. You are not a Half-Elf.

High elves and half-elves are Alliance-based. The high elves have thrown in their lot with the Alliance, and the half-elves are half-human, and thus attached to the Alliance. If you are one of these two things and you are playing in the Horde, disguise it. If you are open about this, you will be exiled or, more likely, executed. Play it smart if you must play it at all.

You do not hold titles equal to major NPCs.

You are not a Grand Magister, a Ranger-General, or a Blood Knight Matriarch. You are not an exception to this rule. Those people are the top of the chain of their respective organizations; you are not their equal.

My advice? Be just a magister, a blood knight, or a ranger. Don't define yourself by your title. You can gain respect without a high rank.

Blood elves play a subtle game with their politics and power struggles.

Most of the power struggles seen in Silvermoon from RPers are duels or RP fights; this would not be tolerated by the guard unless it was taken outside, but moreover, this is not terribly characteristic of the culture.

They are crafty people who prefer techniques like blackmail and playing the long game, which comes of their relatively long lives. Stop drawing your weapons and blasting people with your spells and start learning how to wound with words. Be patient. Be clever.

Cleverness isn't something you can fake, mind, so if being subtle and working intrigue isn't something you feel up to doing, get out of the Silvermoon scene or don't try to play the sort of bloodelf who is into power struggles. A blunt bloodelf would not get very far in their culture.

Openly talking about throwing down the government or otherwise defying the laws of decency would not happen without consequences.

This is more of a general rule for RP, but it happens a lot in Silvermoon so I'm putting it here.

You need to acknowledge your environment. Just because the guards won't actually react in game doesn't mean they wouldn't react in lore. We're here to play in the Warcraft world, and that includes using your imagination as to what would happen if you took such actions.

Understand that the guards would be after you for stabbing someone if you did it on the street or in an establishment, and that even if you "evaded" them, there would be a warrant for your arrest.

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#9836998 Aug 04, 2014 at 08:04 PM · Edited over 4 years ago
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It's cool to claim to be a noble, but don't go overboard.

There were no doubt tons of trumped-up families among the sin'dorei. Chances are good that you weren't a MAJOR noble. Feel free to have the attitude, just understand that you don't have the influence. Don't expect the guards to jump to your beck and call. It's fine to pay off a government official, but you wouldn't get away with murder, etc. Show some judgment and restraint.

Work on playing with the blood elven themes.

It's so easy to gravitate toward blood elves because they're pretty. But have you actually thought about who they are?

Consider: you are a member of a long-lived people who had a fairly idyllic existence.

Chances are quite good you were not only alive but were an adult during the Second War, and you fought against or at least felt the sting of the vicious trolls.

Yet nothing was as bad as the absolute disaster that happened some seven or eight years ago when the Scourge plowed through your city.

You probably lost someone close to you either there or in the subsequent crushing of Dalaran, which also housed many elves.

And on the heels of having so many dead (and so many turned undead), the Sunwell perished, driving your already battered people into throes of withdrawal, driving them to do unspeakable things.

Those who managed to control their addiction -- barely -- and feed it on the proffered fel crystals are the sin'dorei we know today.

That's not something you recover from in a year; possibly not even seven.

You still likely came out of that changed.

The theme of the blood elves has always been decadence in the face of loss, as they were introduced. You used the trivialities of life as well as your indulgences to mask the grief.

And then, after finally seeing some measure of hope in Kael'thas' promised land and teachings, you were struck by your king's betrayal to the very beings whose interference drove your ancestors from their home.

Blood elves focus on the trivialities and on rigid order and rank definitions because doing otherwise might actually make them take a good, hard look at the past seven years and all they've lost. Keep that in the back of your mind, because that is what defines blood elves as a people.

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#10167225 Oct 18, 2014 at 02:36 PM · Edited over 4 years ago
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Those Who Hate Blood Elves:

Acting superior to you is in keeping with their culture.

You are either a green caveman, a smelly cow, a rotting corpse, or a skinny and just-as-primitive version of their hated neighbors.

You are within your rights to be infuriated by this in-character, but don't get bent out of shape because they're following how their race is written.

Blood elves want people to think they're important.

There are exceptions to this, but your average elf will absolutely flaunt any sort of noble title he might have at you, and that's perfectly fine.

Most elves would claim some sort of nobility or something, anything, that might give them an authoritative edge.

Speaking in Thalassian around you is probably meant to be rude, but it's lore-compliant.

At the time WoW began, Horde races had four years to learn Orcish.
Blood elves have had two. Chances are all but the most dedicated to integrating with the Horde -- something they're not too keen on, as a general rule -- prefer to speak in their native tongue.

Conflict does not make them bad.

You are a stinking member of the Horde. Chances are quite good they will disagree with you on something, and do it in a manner that makes you want to punch them. This is not bad RP. This is in keeping with the tension between the races. Go with it.

And lastly...

Playing a Blood Elf does not make them a bad role-player.

We've all had bad experiences with bad blood elf RPers, and we have them because they're 1) pretty, and 2) popular.

Prior to blood elves' inclusion, Alliance had the lion's share because Horde wasn't pretty. When you have a pretty race, you're going to have a lot of Sues.

That said, just because some elves have soured you on it does not mean you should treat all other elves with contempt or ignore them.

I can understand not wanting to expose yourself to frustration, but reading an RSP can usually give you an inkling of what to expect. There are a lot of decent blood elves out there who have the right idea about the lore and could give you an interesting RP experience.

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#10167339 Oct 18, 2014 at 03:16 PM
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07/08/2011 11:16 AM

Posted by Gwenlian

Blood elves focus on the trivialities and on rigid order and rank definitions because doing otherwise might actually make them take a good, hard look at the past seven years and all they've lost.

Keep that in the back of your mind, because that is what defines blood elves as a people.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding this, but it seems like a contradiction to the rogue class. (See here: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/class/rogue)

I like all the information here, it's very thorough and well done.

However, I agree with some of the other critics who dislike the black and white nature of it. There are always exceptions.

Although I think this guide is a good template for potential God-mode RPers, though.

I think they're mainly thinking about Cutthroats and Brigands, many rogues are very loyal people. And some maintain ranks, there are spymasters and the like

(I don't think Mattias Shaw is someone quick to change sides at the drop of a few golden coins just to name one person) SI:7 itself deals with sensitive information their loyalty must be absolute.
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