05/19/2011 04:46 PMAnd what about the House? She wouldn't be a part of the nobility, so what house would she belong to? (Im so, so new to thise. :x)
Posted by Vraie
The "House" thing - as far as I'm aware - is really more of a player creation than anything to do with actual Blood Elven politics. If you WoWPedia "House," in fact, you get Human noble families - House of Greymane, House of Menethil, etc. They're the ruling families of respective Kingdoms.
The closest info to the ruling structure of Silvermoon I could find was here - the Convocation of Silvermoon.
Which, for what it's worth, is suspected to be largely defunct at the moment.
That isn't to say that the Elves don't have social classes - obviously they have a divide of rich and poor, laborers & elite, Lords and peasants, etc.
But if we assume that the closest thing to the Houses are these assorted Elven Lords & Ladies - say, for example, a noble who owns a few thousand acres in Quel'thalas that provides such income as to enable them to hire household guards, personal magi, etc. - that doesn't mean that it's requisite that your character serve one. They're a viable employer, certainly. If your character is looking for work there's no reason they couldn't become a scout or maid or something of that effect for a noble family/House - but it's not an obligation. They could just as easily join the army, become an independent mercenary, etc.
And Silvermoon does, for what its worth, demonstrate some attributes of social mobility - while it's unlikely your character could ever become King/Queen, etc. it does seem like citizens can gain a fair degree of rank in avenues like the military, etc.
One more thing to consider - keep in mind that for 99% of the time, what a Blood Elf considers peasantry or a meager living - probably seems pretty comfortable to most other races. This is a nation that revels in opulence, that has enchanted brooms to sweep the streets, etc. It's not to say there aren't people other Elves would consider poor - just that, again, just because an Elf thinks you're poor because your clothes aren't made of mageweave doesn't mean that a woman begging on the streets of Stormwind thinks you're poor when she sees they're made of silk.
Sorry to prattle on so much.