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Kassy's comment on 2014-06-04 11:19 AM
For some reasons this has me thinking of the bench assassinations from Assassin's Creed. First idea that came to mind when reading this was that, if the pair are unobserved, it'd be perfect for an assassination. Go to Comment
The Elven Art of War
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manfred's comment on 2006-08-20 02:49 PM
Pretty good. I would personally put some of the stuff into scroll entries, but that is me.

Certainly, 'Vlos Mzil Abbanen' is the most interesting part of their warcraft, or shall we say politics? So they are not afraid to arm their mercenaries with thundersticks and other magical devices, because they are made to last only for a few dozen years or so. Fostering dependance by their allies is definitely a wise move.


Aside: it would be interesting if their martial techniques were connected to some other parts of their life - dancing, art, even music... if they commit a large part of their time to training. For instance, say that the move of a needle while sewing in a certain pattern is the metaphoric mirror of a certain type of speardancing. This would drive any potential human student nuts, but make it very believable.
"Could you... show me that move?"
"I can. But first you will learn to stitch a nice floral pattern."
"Aaaaaaargh!" Go to Comment
The Elven Art of War
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manfred's comment on 2009-03-07 08:32 PM
That seems insufficient... there should be at least a defensive technique or two. If they are permanently surrounded by hordes of primitives, they would not those unreliable mortal allies to be always nearby, or always have a nice hill to shoot from. The nature of war is to surprise and put its target at a disadvantage.

Let's make a try:

Rilleas Manos
Few recognize it as a technique, but it is one of the basic lessons for young elves. When confronting numerous enemies at once, it is useful to create chaos and confusion, according to the need of the moment then withdraw or fight. From explosions of leaves or dust, up to unexpected movements, everything is possible and often supported by minor cantrips. This is most often an escape tactic, but it can find its use in the greater battles as well.

Zotreth Nuddah
Said to be created after a long meditation next to a lively river, the warrior learns to recognize the flows in combat and how to redirect and entangle his enemies into another, often finding new targets for their blows and making them shields for others. This technique can be very effective, leading to a shocking number of self-inflicted wounds and mutual kills among the attackers. It is still not favored. If you need it, you have probably done something wrong. Go to Comment
The Elven Art of War
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manfred's comment on 2008-02-04 02:26 PM
Now that I look at it, there are several techniques, that make a given Elf a dangerous opponent in one-on-one combat. What I don't see (or may be just overlooking), are techniques specifically designed against large groups of lesser opponents - for that seems to be their fate, to fight against hordes of primitives. There are obviously the archery/throwing techniques, what about their melee equivalents - for individuals, or for groups? Go to Comment
The Elven Art of War
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-08-20 11:12 AM
Will edit to give a comment later... busy at work now. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2008-02-04 03:46 PM
Against hordes of lesser opponents the elves are much more likely to expend their allies ala Vlos Mzil Abbanen, saving the more dangerous and skilled foes for themselves. Human allies can expect to fight swarms of goblins and orcs, with a few token Elven advisors as leaders and councilors. When alone, elves would use ranged combat against such foes, retreating and picking them off as quickly as possible with an emphasis on leaders and commanders. Go to Comment
The Elven Art of War
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-08-20 09:12 PM
With centuries to live one can learn a lot of things. Go to Comment
The Elven Art of War
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Pariah's comment on 2006-08-20 08:41 PM
I like it. It gives elves a more realistic feel.

"Fix this, fix that. What have I learned under your tutalege master? How to pound nails? How to carry water?"
"Nothing yet, but in time I'll teach you enough patience to learn." Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-08-20 10:47 AM
Entertaining!

I 'love to hate' elves, and now I have more reason :D

I am very curious to know where the inspiration for all these names came from....These are the coolest names I have ever seen in your work, starting with Vlos Mzil Abbanen!! Its like you "channeled" some actual ancient language! Oh wait, okay...last line..drow translater...still awesome!

Good work! Go to Comment
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B9anders's comment on 2006-08-20 09:49 AM
I really like the idea of elves feeling above petty warfare but certainly not above hiring others for the job. Great concept.

The fighting styles were interesting, but I am not sure how useful the individual thrusts and moves are without any game mechanics attached. Would have been more interesting to read about elven tactics in warfare in general. Go to Comment
The Elven Art of War
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valadaar's comment on 2008-02-04 03:13 PM
Heh, I was expecting a line like Every Elf a soldier, so the word Soldier is redundant.

I like these, and they can easily be adapted for use. Go to Comment
The Elven Art of War
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Stephie's comment on 2008-02-03 05:33 PM
Great details with this. I would love to see more of these with other races. Go to Comment
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punkcasher's comment on 2009-03-07 07:08 PM
Neat Submission ! Go to Comment
Gaberlunz
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manfred's comment on 2006-08-20 02:36 PM
What he said. Good work. Go to Comment
Gaberlunz
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-08-20 01:04 PM
Nicely done. Gives a good sense of history and process. It has some nice details both in its past and present to be useful. It has a nitch in so many worlds. Good job. Two paws Go to Comment
Gaberlunz
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-08-20 08:57 PM
5/5 Now this I like-but I would not want to go there. Go to Comment
Gaberlunz
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Pariah's comment on 2006-08-20 08:21 PM
Gaberlunz
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Murometz's comment on 2006-08-25 12:58 AM
I love it and I'd go there! Fun folk, fun locations! Go to Comment
Gaberlunz
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Murometz's comment on 2007-09-15 05:41 PM
Weeds in the garden, suds in the bucket
To run off to Gaberlunz is to forsake all claims, ties, and bonds, to expunge all debts owed to others or from others and to 'run away'. Many love struck couples have eloped to Gaberlunz to make a new start, but most find the place falling well short of their imagined honeymoon paradise.


lovely, melancholic, and tragically full of verisimilitude. Go to Comment
Zufa, god of Misplaced Things
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manfred's comment on 2009-02-27 04:55 PM
Could it be it's the little gods that drive our daily life? :)

I'd raise a cup for Zufa, but just can't seem to find it. A worthy annoyance. Go to Comment
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