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Recent PostsFantasy Henchmen on 11/27/2018 12:49:12 PM
Reviews Needed on 11/27/2018 9:04:45 AM
I suppose I can start reviewing stories again...
Fantasy Henchmen on 11/26/2018 11:27:51 PM
Dark Elves can't build civilizations? They never seem to have too much trouble building a civilization even despite their infighting.
Crazy people be CRAZY!!! on 11/24/2018 9:34:44 PM
I'm a vegetarian myself, but I never knew that it was the new hip thing.
Another Fantasy Question on 11/23/2018 4:22:56 PM
I hate dwarves. They're my least favorite race in all of fantasy fiction.
EDIT: Also, how long until PoF is finished?!
Another Fantasy Question on 11/23/2018 4:10:24 PM
I completely forgot about Chaos, but you're right about that. Okay, what makes Elves superior to Dwarves? The only war I could find between the Dwarves and Elves ends in a Dwarven victory in Warhammer.
In Dragon Age, the Elven kingdom (or empire, whatever it was) was obliterated by the humans to the point Elves are no more than city scum and nomadic tribes. It took a nearly two century Blight to cripple the Dwarven kingdom and it's still standing. Also, the Dwarves in DA:O are constantly fighting against the Darkspawn even when there is no Blight, so they always have a supply of battle-hardened soldiers. If numbers are not an issue, the Dwarves should have the best military in DA:O.
In LoTR, they have better armor, war machines, etc. They just lack numbers. Elven archers might not even be a factor since we've seen them use devices that directly counter arrows.
Likewise, in Witcher, Dwarves are hailed as being excellent soldiers while Elves are hailed as the best archers.
Another Fantasy Question on 11/23/2018 3:39:36 PM
You're leaving out the fact that this occurred as a result of the first and worst Blight in the history of Dragon Age (which lasted nearly 200 years) and their kingdom just so happens to be right next to the spawning point of the Darkspawn. No one knew how to stop a Blight and they get worse as time goes on because the Broodmothers are popping out Darkspawn at a ludicrous rate. That the Dwarves were able to hold out during that time is a testament to ability of their warriors.
Another Fantasy Question on 11/22/2018 10:14:53 PM
Across most fantasy settings, Dwarves are portrayed as short, stout, strong little chunks of meat that are tough as hell. They're even portrayed as being strong on human standards, not just for someone of their build. In Witcher, LoTR, Warhammer, Dragon Age, etc, they're portrayed as having the best armies (and soldiers) with their main weakness being a lack of numbers. I've yet to see them portrayed in any other way, actually.
Then I guess it would balance itself out. Thing is, it's plausible that Dwarves would be capable of defeating Elves in open field battle due to their massive tech advantage (despite having no magic). So why couldn't humans defeat Elves when they have both magic and tech to use?
Another Fantasy Question on 11/22/2018 9:37:06 PM
Would you say that the Elves are individually better fighters than Dwarves? Because all of those traits apply between them as well (including experience since Elves live longer). It's generally agreed that Dwarves have the best individual soldiers (or Orcs depending) even though Elves are faster and quicker fighters.
They aren't terrible when it comes to tech, I should have put average instead of low so that was my mistake. Even so, humans still trump them. Elves usually stick to their ways and there is only so much you can do with magic in regards to using it ro reinforce your tech. Humans are great here because they are constantly developing their tech in ways where it doesn't rely too much on magic, and this allows them to have a bit more versatility in open field combat. What would be the Elven equivalent to a steam tank? Assuming that they do have something like that, it would be powered by magic. Wouldn't it be better to let those mages focus on offensive/defensive magic rather than powering tech that could operate indepentendly?
Another Fantasy Question on 11/22/2018 9:12:05 PM
I'm thinking of Lizardmen from Warhammer. They're said to have knowledge that is beyond the understanding of other races and they're generally not scene as stupid. This is the same case in Elder Scrolls. Actually, I suppose average would work for them as well. Population wise, I'm saying it's high because, like Beastmen, they are a collection of different lizard folk that all fall under the category of Lizardmen. Given how diverse they are, it would make the most sense for them to at least be rated high.