Unfortunately, you are likely right that Blizzard will warp every suggestion I made to something hardly tolerable, and you are probably right that the predicament of the Night Elves could get much worse. Yet, the problem still remains that Blizzard needs to move towards depth, nuance, and complexity instead of the direction they are taking. Anything less than that simply should not be accepted under any circumstances.
To Drimka and to a lesser degree, Lilendae,
Had you read my post in full, you would realize the complete irrelevance of your reply as I made very clear that the problem was a result of a reductionist and simplistic approach to the difference in cultures, and people, which then necessitates that should Blizzard change their course and move toward greater depth on behalf of one race, they would need to expend the resources to do the same to every other. I don't think it is impossible, and I could care less if it was. Simply put, if this is not the only direction Blizzard can go to fix the problems they have made with every race, it is by far the best, and where it applies to the Night Elves, it could hardly be more apparent.
As a possible remedy to the problem of losing long posts before you can send them, you might try writing them in a word processor and then copy and paste them. Do you really think that a windbag like me could pontificate in this manner on the Blizzard forum page?
Thank you for your insight. While I think that the matter is more complicated than either of us has described, this is much more worthwhile to discuss than many of the other comments I have received. Where I disagree with you starts with the Azerothian goddess part, and Velen not really caring for such. It seems fitting to me that Velen would be fairly interested in Elune especially if he turned out to be wrong about her. Would it really be a characteristic of a wise individual, despite being right most of the time, to be dismissive of something he finds out he is wrong about? Aside from that, most draenei settlements in Azeroth are on Kalimdor, under the auspices of the Night Elves.
In addition, I don't think that packing up and leaving would be so easy, but rather, that the writing in of the Draenei making that suggestion is not something to take seriously, but to be seen as one writer's addled incompetence. Same with Anduin crying, if he can take an ax to the face, he can handle a cold shoulder from Velen. While bad writing shouldn't be ignored, we are by no means obligated to accept it, especially when we find repeatedly that we need to approach the canonical nature of the novels and everything they say with more than just a grain of salt.
And also, thank you for the comment about Trolls. I agree as Blizzard's stating of such a simplistic origin is the very kind of problem that needs to be nipped in the bud.
I don't know if you had the patience to read my sermon of a post, but I am interested in your thoughts, despite the fact that I believe you are asking for too little.
I agree with all you have said, with the possible exception of the Shatterspear. Here Blizzard single-handedly swept away another element that could only provide depth to the game by the fact of their mere existence. They could have at least done this genocidal act some lip service to justice by having a suggestion that Garrosh knew that the campaign in Darkshore would fail, and that he used the opportunity to weaken political opponents in Orgimmar by sending troops associated with them to convince the Shatterspear to mount an offense and join them, while extirpating another potential threat, all the while stretching and dividing Night Elven forces. Now that would be an interesting use of intrigue straight out of Sun Tsu.
you might want to get some coffee or a sandwich before reading this...
My most nagging issue with your idea is that it does nothing to pressure Blizzard to write the story better. Most of the problems that your idea seeks to resolve would be more effectively solved by writers who are capable of going into depth, and are able to deviate from the third person omniscient perspective, which none of Blizzard's writers are able to do. Their current quorum of writers is simply not capable of giving expression to a character's manner of thinking and solving problems except by stating what they are thinking outright. They are unable to express anything but the simplest of emotions and perspectives, which they lay on the lore figures with heavy hands.
The problem at its heart is not that the Night Elves need to be redone, but that they, and every other race, needs to be given depth. This is where I agree whole-heartedly with you when you say "The Night Elves need to be so different than how they have appeared in WoW that fierce battles and cool scenes just won't do the trick anymore." Once again, should the story be retold with depth, context, and a rigorous exploration of their history, where their history (like much of our ancient past) is uncertain even after weighing all available evidence, we would find ourselves with a story that challenges our perspectives more sharply. The problem with writing from the third person omniscient view, is that if the writer is lazy, clumsy, or otherwise lacking skill, much of the mystery that provides the backbone of monstrous races (and yes, Night Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes, etc are all monsters though maybe not in a pejorative sense) is lost, and whatever expression of our nature they embody is trivialized, and mind-numbing rather than compelling or profound. Creating something that is profound, that challenges and changes the audience or participant, if it wasn't the goal of every good writer, certainly was the result.
By asking for a story hook where they lose yet another of their defining characteristics, and putting them at risk of being pigeon-holed even further into the role of incompetent, purple skinned, pointy-eared humans, all for the purpose of giving them back the allure they once possessed, I think you are asking for too little, and at the risk of yet even more disappointing consequences.
Your ideas I think would gain a lot if you look at what the Night Elves started with, and look at the broad implications of events pertaining to them from the past both recent and old. You have shown in past that you follow it somewhat closely, so I am not calling your knowledge into question. In addition, we would gain a lot if we looked at accounts of their history the way we might regard the histories of Herodotus, or whatever blurry history may be gleaned from the Icelandic sagas. We cannot accept them as wholesale truth; we know that they are biased, and will belittle one person or race to build another up, that they have their idols like any good zealot at the complete ignorance and lack of curiosity towards the enemies of their favorites. But unlike Herodotus and Snorri Sturlusson, Blizzard's storytellers are not blessed with a great command of their language nor are they subtle, or even perceptive for that matter. As a result, I think we would be better off if some of us exercised our hands at a retelling of the history of Azeroth and its denizens, with accounts aimed at exploring the depths of the races and cultures we are presented with, not some dramatic narrative that badly tells of the pain and self loathing of Sylvanas, or Tyrande's 10,000 year desire for a baby, or another laughable coming of age story.
I do not accept that just because we can't have Shakespeare, Virgil, Hemmingway or Thoreau, that we should therefore settle for whatever noxious bodily secretions, wrapped in words, that Blizzard decides to lob in our direction. I think we would be right to reject it as the refuse that it is, and stop pretending that it is anything else.
Do not sow the earth with salt, and don't let our discussions be fouled by accepting what some second rate writer has told us to think. If you are going to be so bold as to suggest a story line, push for a deepening and broadening of perspective on a large scale. If the story isn't in some way traumatizing for the reader or participant, it is probably not worth experiencing. Aim to make something that either forces someone to love your story or hate it, but allow nothing in between. The worst fear of any good writer or playwright worth the pen they write with is that their audience will be unaffected by the time they reach the end. And if their genius doesn't come easy to them, they labor on it, revise, rewrite, and obsess over it until there is no stone unturned, no blade of grass or grain of sand that doesn't strive to yank the reader or participant out of their increasingly bulbous haunches, so that they have to look at their own bones and infirmities to find their hidden strength and peculiar genius, whose wailing voice has been long drowned out by the boring madness brought on by routine and complacence.