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Dragoriel had done it all the right way, because that is how he was. Born of the blood he underwent the rudimentary sorcery training that everyone of the Blood took. Then he followed the path of the Dragon Riders, training as a holy warrior, a Defender of the Land. And last, he had taken his steps as a Dragon Blood Warrior.

He would seen be one of the elite, an Elven Dragon Rider, with the special bond with his mount that only one of the blood could form. Capable of transforming into a Dragon himself eventually. And it would all be for the good of the Land, and the People.

Dragoriel was a born leader, always helping others, humble, and doing the right thing. His only drawback was that he seemed to lack the love of freedom and individuality that most Elves did. But that was not necessary for one of the Blood, the Defenders of the Land needed to be disciplined in their pursuit of martial prowess in order to become some of the deadliest warriors in the world.

Sadly Dragoriel was now forced to take time away from his pursuits and training. He had to go out into the world to try and find his wayward brother Ethoriel. Poor Ethoriel, lacking the Blood to become a Dragon Warrior, and punished for his albinism. Yet, for all his arrogance, temper and single minded bloodiness he was still his brother. So when he ran off it fell to Dragoriel to find him and bring him back to the Land.

Earlier this week one of my favorite role playing bloggers wrote quite an interesting piece:

Angry Rants: Stop Playing Against Stereotypes!

Which I really liked, especially the idea of the Elf who is seemingly very deliberate and cautious, but claims that he his actually very hasty for his people. Reminded me of one of the characters in Wheel of Time, Loial the Ogier.

Anyway I think that the writer is right. That these stereotypes exist for a reason (playing an Elf should not just be because you want a high Dexterity score!) And yet there is a lot of room within the broad idea of any of the fantasy races to create a character that is fun to play with. The character write ups I have done the last 2 days are examples of that. They are both Elves, products of an ancient, mystical race that is prone to dabble in multiple areas. One is an arrogant, but highly intelligent loner who values his freedom like any Elf would. The other is more traditional, but also meets the criteria for what would have to be a special group within Elven society. You don’t have to create an Elven Barbarian or Dwarven Monk to have an interesting character.

And that is really the point: the box is pretty big with any of the races in your ‘typical’ fantasy setting. There is no real need to think outside that box to create an interesting, challenging and effective character.

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