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
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
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:
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.
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
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
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
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!
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