Humans fear, what they don’t understand, and what they fear they often seek to destroy. In the world of Drowtales Humans see Drow as Devils, but we as readers know better. However, for this thread try to take of the viewpoint of a human in the drows' world, particularly a human slave, in drow society. What would you learn while living amongst a race you that for many years believed were devils or demons?
For starters, you would learn the drow’s language, and that alone opens up many avenues for further learning. You would learn, from observation and fellow slaves, especially if some of those slaves are elves that the drow are not “Devils” as you once to believed. You would learn not only what is different between the two races, but also what is similar. You may learn how magic works, both its strengths and limits. Most important of all, you would lean is that drow can bleed, and that common weaponry: swords, axes, spears, etc, can start the bleed. That which can make you to bleed can also kill.
Such knowledge would go a long way to dispelling any remaining notions that drow are some form a mystical race of demons or gods you may have. As by most human standards, the laws of the world do not apply to Gods. While the drow’s magic allows them to bend the rules, they're still bound by many, if not all, of the same laws of nature that humans are. Therefore, the Drow are neither demons nor Gods, but mortal creatures, mortal creatures that just happen to live almost as long as a tree and can use magic, but mortals all the same.
Having come to that revelation you may start to see the Drow in a different light; not as invincible “devils,” but more along the lines as another form of human. The Drow raiders who attacked your village go from a band of horrible black demons to a band of excellently equipped bandits with the ability to use magic. Looking at the Elves from this angle now requires much deeper thought than when you saw them as some race of demi-gods. On the surface what makes the drow superior to humans would be one thing, magic. However, magic, as you learned, has its limits and doesn’t always need to be countered with more magic. Other than magic, what would also make them superior is their equipment. The defenders of your village used mostly spears, with only a few having swords, to fight the Drow raiders. They also had no armor strong than that of weak leather or animal hide. The Drow on the other had had metal armor and weapons, giving them the advantage of better technology along with their magic. If that is the case, why can’t human create the same technology? If humans had the same level of technology as the drow or better, could they match their strength?
Which brings us to question in the poll, if the only thing that marks the drow, and other elves, superiority over humans is magic and superior medieval technology, what minimum equivalent level of technology, would humans of DT need to acquire to match their elven Counterparts, on a military level? Try to keep things clean and in within the world of Drowtales, and on topic.
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