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Blood elf, high elf, or night elf?

Hmm. Skunk, Facet is derisively called a blood elf, but notes that Kayce (in game a blood elf but RPed as half-human/half night elf) looks like he does. Krelle edited a bit from quel'dorei (high elf) to sin'dorei (blood elf). Could you clarify what type of elf Facet is?

--Tai Jiang 16:16, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Well, my intent here really is to blur the line, actually. Been doing my homework, and, for one thing High Elves and Blood Elves can be said to be an identical species. Therefore the distinction between one and the other is primarily a cultural and political one. Basically what happens is that the bulk of the remaining Quel'dorei left after the Second War (and the figures estimate them to be about 10% of their original population) re-dubbed themselves Blood Elves in a sort of defiant gesture that all at once honored the dead and marked a new cultural path for them.

This new society of Elves clung to some ideal of strength and new independence. I like to think of this new nation kind of like Germany post-WWI. They were decimated utterly, proud, but also desperate, and in need of something to believe in. Illidan and Kael'thas provide that something. If you watch the vignettes among the NPCs in Silvermoon the picture you get of this new society is that of a very jingoist, pseudo-fascist nation, one where information is tightly controlled, and freedom is government-sanctioned. The act of starting down this path first severs their official link with the Alliance, but also begins to distance them diplomatically and culturally from the rest of the Allied races.

Or to put it bluntly, a mutual hatred begins at this point. Not hard to see how the word "Blood Elf" begins to supersede "High Elf" in common parlance on the Allied side while at the same time becoming a derogatory term- particularly for those refugees yet to choose a side. And consider that he's a child yet. Children don't generally choose their political affiliations, and if they're not drawn into them, they effectively remain neutral till they choose for themselves.

So, the short answer: it doesn't matter at this point, suffice to say that the choice being "made for him" is causing turmoil in his life at a very young age.

--SkunkWerks 21:17, 24 April 2007 (UTC)