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Re: The Questions that Have no answers.... yet.

Postby Stormerdave » December 12th, 2010, 9:29 am

ah.... hmm ok. well that answers that. but were there any other factors?
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Re: The Questions that Have no answers.... yet.

Postby Hulavuta » December 12th, 2010, 1:50 pm

Nope, that's basically it.
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Re: The Questions that Have no answers.... yet.

Postby sacred_chao » December 19th, 2010, 12:21 am

A-Red wrote:It's not uncommon for groups of people to be in a state of tension with neighboring groups of people. It probably starts out as competition for resources or culture clash, and gets magnified and set in stone over time. There's a lot of reality that just copies the meme without anyone thinking about it too much.

Yeah, this is what makes Elves vs Dwarves particularly weird: Elves live deep in the forest, Dwarves live in the mountains, sometimes even under them - when do Elves and Dwarves ever even meet let alone compete for resources?

That said, this is one of those things that would be fun to attribute to legend without ever definitively answering it. Preferably the Elves and Dwarves would each have mutually contradictory legends explaining the reason. :)

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"...and the elvish scouting party grew cold, greedy and small in their hearts through love of the accursed gold and, over time, grew stunted and twisted in form as well. So much so that even the forest no longer accepts them as its children...". (Nothing like telling a people they're an inferior and twisted offshoot of your own race to peeve them off. :P).

"...and though the elves sought to invade the halls of the Dwarves but we fought 'em off and never trusted the backstabbing besterds since!"
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Re: The Questions that Have no answers.... yet.

Postby Hulavuta » December 19th, 2010, 3:55 am

Wasn't it something about the Dwarves wanting some wood and the Elves not letting them cut it? I think that was in RoW somewhere...
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Re: The Questions that Have no answers.... yet.

Postby Midnight_Carnival » December 20th, 2010, 9:16 am

Well, if not there should be, it is the most logical answer.

Different values: Dwarves- efficiency, productivity vs. Elves- harmony with nature.

Dwarves make things out of metal, this requires extreme heat. Dwarves do not cultivate crops or keep livestock (except for a few goats for milk and meat + wool) so they depend on trade with other races for survival. When Dwarves can't get coal, they chop down trees for wood. Elves would not have a problem sacrificing a few trees here and there, especially if they were taken for building purposes. The conflict arises when Dwarves remove all the trees from an area becasue it is closer to the metalworks/mines/workshops and thus more efficient. Living mostly undeground, Dwarves have little regard for things such as natural balances, etc... "Nature is stuff that falls on your head if you're not careful".
...apparenly we can't go with it or something.
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Re: The Questions that Have no answers.... yet.

Postby The Great Rings » December 23rd, 2010, 12:00 am

Reepurr wrote:WoV (esr and fabi's new drake campaign, which might end up canon drake stuff eventually) states that the drakes found out the world was round.


In Rise of Wesnoth, Burin the dwarf states that he has traveled around the world.
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Re: The Questions that Have no answers.... yet.

Postby Durin_the_great » August 26th, 2016, 3:44 pm

In Tolkien's legendarium, elves and dwarves were not enemies at first. King Thingol had business with dwarves peacefully, Curufin didn't like dwarves but had business. Thingol's Menegroth and Finrod's Nargothrond were wrought by dwarves. Dwarves gave Finrod the Nauglamir. It all started when Thingol asked dwarves to merge Nauglamir and Silmaril into one. The dwarves slew Thingol, Thingol's people slew those dwarves. Dwarves plundered Menegroth and were slain by Ossiriand elves. Then they kind of became enemies. Petty dwarves hated elves since they came to Beleriand, for they took their lands. But dwarves fought alongside with elves even later, eg Durin's host helped Eregion elves against Sauron in second age.
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Re: The Questions that Have no answers.... yet.

Postby Gyra_Solune » August 26th, 2016, 9:59 pm

The way I see it, both elves and dwarves have lived on the Great Continent for centuries, if not millennia, and they both see themselves as the superior race that would unite the continent under their domain if it weren't for those greedy uncultured dwarves/pansy tree-hugging elves. However neither have made much in the way of great campaigns against each other because the elves struggle in combat outside their forests, and the dwarves struggle in combat outside their highlands, and their paths to greater territorial gain lie in each other's territory.

It's a situation I'd liken to relations between the Soviets and the USA during the cold war - they both really really hate each other but they both know that they're evenly matched and so they just sit at each other, staring angrily, occasionally having some skirmishes (like you see in Rise of Wesnoth), but for the most part stuff is kept in equilibrium until the humans show up, then the orcs and undead show up to complicate everything.

In terms of what's going on in the far West...we don't really know! It's likely to remain shrouded in mystery. We know there were people there, we know there were undead there, we know there were orcs, I think there were probably drakes there too? But something happened that led to a lot of people jumping ship - it's probably something as simple as 'orcs just started filling up the whole place and pushed everyone off'. Personally I like to imagine it as sort of a reverse New World situation. Think about it - the prime character of the Wesfolk is a slinger, who was subservient to a colorful skeletal ruler, and probably they had the same step-pyramid architecture you see in the Drake villages...sounds a lot like some kind of Mayincatec amalgam empire to me!

Also when Burin says he's 'traveled the world' he probably just means he's traveled everywhere he can think of, there might be so much more he hasn't yet been to.
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Re: The Questions that Have no answers.... yet.

Postby Eagle_11 » August 26th, 2016, 10:40 pm

The cause for rivalry between dwarf and elf remains undisclosed, seeing how both factions are somewhat isolationist the conflict may have erupted out of an matter of honor rather than clash of borders.
Think fe. some dark magi chased by elves throw themselves at the mercy of dwarf king, it may be custom for dwarves to never transfer those who had already surrender to them, and at elves to never forgive those who struck against them with black magic. As an result conflict may broke out that escalates into full blown war over basically nothing. To spice things up think those dark magi may have intended precisely that all along as peons in the grand sheme of an lich.

Personally id like the cause to stay being an ancient, longst forgotten conflict. Not dictating everything leaves some space open for interesting Umc content.

The 'Wesfolk' as they present themselves to Haldric seem to be an cunning bunch, it may almost be certain they are not as innocent as they seem. They may simply be the miserable rabble that are sent at the spearhead of any invasion to provide an increased amount of fresh corpses for the Lich Lords to raise undead from later. Or they may be the last of an resistance running before the orcs that serve as enforcers to the Lich Lords. Even if they had been correct to Haldric's regarding their origins it does seem certain that they are not wanted in the direction they had come from, in particular.
As its mentioned they attacking from Jevyan's Haven(Jevyan was an lich) can assume they are indeed subservient to the Lich lords, though it does not seems to be necessarily voluntarily, as their escape shows us. The Lich Lords themselves and wesfolk seem to be disconnected, it could have happent like the tales about explorers stumbling upon a tomb to accidentally awaken the slumber of an longst forgotten dark spirit on how the Lords of the Dead came to be.
The power that chase Haldric already tried to invade wesnoth, it would be safe to assume one day an invasion would occur from the ocean-side.
Personally, i had an umc faction and campaign idea where an prince of wesnoth embarks on an 'crusade' to 'reconquer' the green isle in the name of it's true owners the wesnothians. The reason for this being he and everybody in power knew it would come someday, yet nobody wanted to do anything about it. So he decided to unshroud the mystery with an large expedition, if there be the enemies of wesnoth still lingering then to be the one that strikes first, even if that means setting sail into the unknown.

Orcs seem to be from the other continent, did not check if there is an official canon about it but id like to imagine them having an empire at large there.
The northern clannate probably started out as an expedition force of this orcish empire. The reason for them landing such up north would be that they lack the know-how of humans in shipbuilding and navigation, so the only thing they could do is riding the ocean stream northwards ending up in the frigid north. The reason for that thought is that they came to Green Isle through portals opened by the Lich Lords(is that story still so?), and its apparent orcs arent really smart at all.
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