19 October, 2005

Blood Elves won't be playable

I don't think Blood Elves will be a playable race. This guy (thread's gone now though) pulled some stuff from the Warcraft Pen and Paper RPG:
The Alliance represents all that the blood elves hate in the world. The humans led the exodus from Lordaeron, abandoning the blood elves to the Scourge, taking many high elves with them. The high elves are weak; they have potential to reach blood elf status, but they will not embrace the power and therefore are of little use. The night elves are remembered as the elves who banished them from their homes so very long ago, and those grudges still run deep. The other races are disliked merely for their representation in the Alliance - the friend of my enemy is my enemy, so to speak. The Alliance prefers that the blood elves stay neutral, as they do view them as dangerous (and mad, in some cases). The arcane spellcasters in the Alliance agree that the blood elves have gone too far in their quest for power - even the high elves are sickened and frightened by their former allies' loss of compassion and self-control. The blood elves have little use for the Alliance, and the downfall of this faction is next on their list after they have purged the Scourge from Lordaeron.
But here's the part that most people would find surprising:
The Horde distrusts the blood elves, as their addiction to magic makes the high elves look like amateurs. The blood elves are dangerous, and the Horde races can smell the rotten magic on them. In particular, the orcs revile the blood elves because they see them as descending down the same path toward damnation that so corrupted the orcish people - the orcs can smell the demon taint on the blood elves and know how badly it will twist them. The blood elves disdain the Horde as barbarians who refuse to grasp the power in front of them. They especially dislike the orcs, who should have been strong enough to control the power the demons gave them instead of falling under their command.
Blood Elves are primarily used right now as neutral NPCs, which was one of the primary reasons why Alliance has Gnomes instead of Golbins ("...in the end, we decided that we'd used Goblins in so many spots as neutral NPCs that it would be tough to fit them into a two-faction system").

I wouldn't be surprised if Blizzard made them as one of the new races, but then again, it'll only raise questions as to why that is the case when they are so corrupted and both hate the Orcs and the Alliance.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Blood Elves to be playable, Blizzard will have to:

1)Really twist the lore to cram them into either existing faction which both hate them. They did this before (undead) and it is semi-plausible.

2)Create a new faction (Outlanders) with Blood elves, Naga, Draenei and another race. These races already have their own "faction" in the lore, have a leader- Illidan, and none fit into either of the current factions.

I think the second option makes the most sense with the existing lore. Plus, the Outlanders are associated with the Burning legion which is going to probably play a major role in the expansion.

But the first one is easier to implement with a little BS on the story side. I assume that is probably the direction Blizzard will go.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous nemof said...

the screenshots i've seen do seem legitimate. However I know it's possible to fake scenes such as the ones that have been floating around.

look at the evindence, there is definately going to be a new race introduced into the expansion pack. We know this because caydiem said there is going to be a new starting area and it won't be for any of the current races. As it stands there are a few possible races that could be introduced, but I figured that it will be balanced in the favour of the horde to introduce an element that helps balances server populations which at the moment, ratio wise heavily favour the alliance. Introducing an elf race to the horde will encourage a lot of people to roll/reroll horde, and at last we won't have to watch horde play catch up on every server. Of course the downside is that the horde becomes much less friendly and fun than it is now, as all the annoying sods who usually roll elves come over to the horde and inject some of the awfulness that make alliance such a horrible faction to play these days.

One thing we know for sure is that blizz are definately not adverse to bending/breaking/tearing apart lore to fit new iterations of their warcraft world. So believe me, if they want blood elves they will find a way to put them in.

oh and as for other possible races, definately not the draenai, they are hardly a presence in azeroth at all, not the panderans because up until now in WoW they have just been an april fools joke, goblins will always remain neutral, Ogres could be a possibility, and one i find quite intriguing. I've heard people whisper naga, but that would mean that the maelstrom would be part of the expansion pack, surely? Everyones expectations are on it being northrend. but who knows.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Mastgrr said...

1) If Blood Elves are playable, this is most likely the most plausible scenario.

2) It is, technically, impossible by design. It would require a major, if not total, redesign of the entire game. Battlegrounds would have to be redesigned. Maps would have to be redesigned. Additional flight points. Additional cities. Additional quests. Additional taverns.

There definitely won't be a third faction.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Mastgrr said...

The Maelstorm is probably going to be included. Former Community Manager Kat confirmed that they've worked on the Maelstorm. If you watch the Behind the Scenes DVD you can clearly see a submarine route to it as well.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous rainsford said...

All of this doesn't matter. Undead were in the same position too. They wanted to destroy everything and make all living things undead to bolster their numbers (including horde races). And now they are part of the horde anyway. They will twist the lore however they feel to squeeze them in like nemof mentioned.

They will come up with something like they were sent by Illidan to infiltrate (i.e. join) the horde to keep tabs on things on Azeroth while the rest of Illidan's bunch hide in Outland.

10:09 PM  

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