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Old 05-09-2006, 09:57 AM   #1
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Is it possible for a dark elf to become qeynos alligned? I'm not talking about gameplay wise, but RP wise? Can a dark elf ever be good? or are all dark elves evil?
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Old 05-09-2006, 10:10 AM   #2
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dark elfs are inately evil however their hate is not set in stone its just more difficult for them, however even if they are "good" they are so in their own sadistic little way, but to answer your question yes they can become good but more likely to find them neutral

 

example: EQ1 there were dark elfs among the tananites and the combine empire original had wanted to include them but mr evil seru man put a end to that

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Old 05-09-2006, 10:18 AM   #3
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The most important thing to remember when choosing a roleplaying path is that, just like in the real world, every character is their own unique person. There is almost no combination that can't fit if you try hard enough to make it work.
 
Now, having said that, there ARE some combinations that are indeed stretching the limits. Asking if a Dark Elf can be good is like asking if an Amish person can be a rap artist... you gotta laugh at first, but every once in awhile a Matis Yahu will come along and enforce the ideal that ANYTHING is possible :smileywink:
 
A Dark Elf being "good" (and I use the word "good" in the sense of happy-go-lucky, fight-for-what's-right "good") would be a very, VERY rare occurence, simply due to the history of the Teir'dal and their surroundings. I roleplay a Dark Elf conjuror who lives in Qeynos. As a younger elf, his father was one of the few Dark Elves who practiced the art of Conjuration. In an army of Necromancers and Shadowknights, he fit a very different niche, and was valued among his people because of that. He passed on the basics of the art to my character before his death. After the Gods departed and the Shattering occurred, my character had lost two of the three things that mattered most to him... his ability to fight for the Teir'dal kingdom, and his oath to Innorruuk... but he still had his knowledge of Conjuring. Therefore, he moved to Qeynos, the last place he could grow in his arts. But is he good? Not by far. He's perfectly content with not killing any of the flower-sniffing fairy-hugging folks around him for the chance to have a place to study his art... but to classify him as "good" is to make a major miscalculation about what truly lies inside of him... and the Teir'dal race.
 
This is the most common sort of roleplaying that you will see associated with many betrayal characters, but that's not to say that you can't make a "good" Dark Elf. The choice is yours... but make sure you completely understand your surroundings and those you will be playing with before settling on any decision... and expect to receive many a rude gesture if you decide to take an off-the-wall path.... some people absolutely can't accept what they don't agree with :smileywink:
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Old 05-09-2006, 10:49 AM   #4
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Great replies, thanks guys. I haven't come up with a detailed background of my character yet, but so far, the gereral idea behind my toon is that he is a dark elf seperated somehow from neriak ( through war, or otherwise) and lived with a hermit of some sort (of a different race yet to be decided) . After the shattering, he ended up in Freeport but is not loyal to the overlord nor the dark elves of longshadow simply for the fact that he does not want to take part in the politics. My character would be a very non talkative assasin only in it for the coins for survival. He decides to join Qeynos because the dark elves of freeport wants him dead. Again, this is just a general sketch and theres aalot of changes to be made. Is this a possible scenerio? Is it too cliche?Can anyone else help me  think of a general scenerio where a dark elf can be  good?thanks
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Old 05-10-2006, 08:06 PM   #5
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It's important to remember two things
 
A: everyone thinks they are right
B: people are basically selfish (in a good way)
 
Hitler thought he was saving humanity by purifying it. Stalin and Mao Zedong thought they were eliminating greed from the Earth. Even the most monstrous dictators don't see themselves as monstrous dictators.  It's not entirely unconcieveable for someone to change from Freeport to Qeynos because it's not like people are sitting around in Freeport thinking "Being evil is cool, because being good is dumb!"
 
People are going to act in their own interest most of the time. And that is a good thing. It's where we get our concept of individual rights from. Ultimately even the most controlling institutions can not hold down an individual's mind if he thinks it is wrong. Just ask Martin Luther SMILEY
 
I know someone who plays a Dark Elf Paladin, and her little fan fic story is that her character found morality in her search for knowledge. Too many "why" questions led to doubt against the established order which simply silenced her without answering the question. On the night of her ascendency to Shadowknight, she was to participate in a ritual ceremony which involved sacrificing an infant. In recognition of an evil act, she fled Freeport before the ceremony began, and was chased off the continent only Karan. She proved her loyalty to Qeynos by embarking on a self-penitence crusade against gnolls, in time bringing back 500 left ears, and the heads of several prominent gnoll leaders. Due to the nature of her training, she learned how to draw power from the pantheon of the gods, though she doesn't worship any directly. In recognition of this talent, the knight Delacar recommended her from Paladinship, a decision supported by the queen, but viewed dubiously by others.
 
She is still a construct of hate, she just channels that hate towards evil.  

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