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Headscratchers: ElfQuest
  • Cutter being "the blood of ten chiefs". He's only a direct descendant to nine chiefs, since Two-Spear isn't his direct ancestor. Should we read "blood of" loosely as "somehow related to"?
    • Presumably it's "blood of", as in "shares the blood of.

  • The Hidden Years story Mouse Hunt. Slingshots. Not slings, slingshots, the Y-shaped toys that need a rubber band to work. Where does a mostly stone-age culture get elastic bands? Looks like series creators not considering how stuff works to me.
    • Rubber is a stone-age invention...

  • Haken's a guy. He's implied to be the ancestor of both Rayek and Winnowill, which explains a lot about their characters. It also makes things interesting when they're forced to share one body.
    • Haken's body, to be exact. Or more accurately, Rayek's body re-imagined as a High One by Winnowill (who lives in Rayek's mind), apparently based very directly on her daddy.
    • So Winnowill likes Rayek because he reminds her of Haken?

  • The scene at the end of Kings Of The Broken Wheel. Venka's been raised to stop Rayek. She has the full power to do so. Yet she stands aside because she wants him to decide on his own. Granted, he does make the right choice, but just the fact that she was willing to leave the genocide of her tribe and everyone else to the whim of an elf who was not exactly stable at that moment and had a track record of disregard for anyone who doesn't agree with him always bugged me. (Of course, she could have been lying and fully prepared to wallop him if he chose wrong, but nothing in the scene indicates this.)
    • It's because Kahvi told him to teach him so he learns. Forcing him would just make him do what he always does: blame somebody else for ruining his dream without having to realize that his dream was selfish and cruel, justifying his next effort to do the same thing. Venka spends a while sharing memories with Zhantee to get to know Rayek as close to first hand as possible, she knows he's not a bad person or incapable of empathy, just ambitious and self-centered, that's why she asks if he can carry out his plan with all of his potential victims watching. She already knows he can't.
    • The thing is, with her abilities, there doesn't need to be a next time. If she can shut down Winnowill, she can probably do the same to him. And anyway, is driving the lesson home for one elf worth potential genocide? I still maintain she should have had a backup plan to knock him out (if he looked like he was going to go through with hit) and give him a good talking-to later. He might not learn anything, but her friends and family would still be alive for now.
      • I think the point of that scene is that driving the lesson home to a person who is ready to retcon everybody else out of existence is worth it - at least, it's worth it in this universe. This is because ElfQuest is extremely far to the idealist end on the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism. It's like the universe is designed to work in favour of Venka's approach.

  • In the Shards and The Hidden Years parallel storylines - just how much time is passing? Hidden Years implies that it's been months since Ember and her pack left. Shards implies that the Holt is chopped down just a short time after they leave, almost as soon as Ember's pack is out of Sending range (since there's no reason for them to not consult with Rayek at that point). There's no clear sense of time for how long they tunnel, but it can't have been all that long if Ekuar was tunneling right up to the point where his heart gave out. But once they're into the city, it seems like events only take a few days at the most.

  • Rayek seriously failed to think his time-travel plan through. If the only trace of the original timeline left would be those elves who managed to take shelter in the Palace, then he really would create a time paradox - because the whole reason the High Ones decided to land was because they'd noticed signs that elves were present!
    • This was handwaved in the comic — the palace nullifies time paradoxes for anyone inside. This was also the main source of the conflict that cast Rayek as the Well-Intentioned Extremist in that situation, due to the other elves choosing Honor Before Reason and choosing to stay outside. The breaking point was when Ekuar did so, causing Rayek to abandon his idea at the thought of wiping his mentor from existence.

  • How long do Wolfrider wolves live? By Wolfrider, I mean the wolves that were initially born of Timmain (thereby allowing later generations of Wolfriders to bond with them). In one of the novelizations, it states that Cutter bonded with Nightrunner when he was seven years old, yet he died of old age when Cutter was grown. Starjumper (Skywise's mount) was bonded to Skywise long before Cutter received his wolf-friend, yet died way later. The series never fully explains if Wolfrider wolves lived longer or if they aged like normal wolves...
    • I think this is one of those cases where the authors had a blind spot. During the Kings of the Broken Wheel arc, Tyleet gets her first wolf friend. Five hundred-odd years pass, she should be going through wolves like old socks, but if I recall she's still on her first one. There's probably a few other spots with long stretches of time that forget to deal with this too.
      • Nah, Bundles was her first wolf-friend; I forget the other one's name, but it's not Bundles. Wolfrider wolves apparently live fairly long. Warfrost is (probably) the wolf-friend Cutter makes just after the war for the palace, and then passes away after he's grown his epic muttonchops, so they probably live for a few decades or so.
      • Which is odder still because Cutter explicitly mentions that Warfrost (at the time of their meeting) was not a Wolfrider wolf, but the point about him living a fairly long life still stands as well.
      • She has one named Patience during Hidden Years. She presumably bonded with it after the long sleep, but it could have been that the wolves slept with the elves. Also, if Cutter got Nightrunner when he was seven, and lost him when he was in his early thirties (the twins were about five), that is still pretty long for a wolf. I am willing to let this one go with "there are different amounts of elf blood in each wolf, just as some elves have more wolf blood in them (Two Spear, Ember, Strongbow) than others (Wreath, Suntop, Skywise)."

  • If the original High Ones had been as comfortable with leaving their bodies and existing in a spiritual form as Timmain's account of the elves' origins suggests, why didn't the ones who got stranded on Abode in the first place just write off their physical bodies, slip into a trance, and leave? If they'd been living so long without pain, fear, hunger, or any other sort of earthly suffering, and knew for a fact that existence without bodies wasn't anything to dread, why were they so determined to stick around that one of them forfeited her very sentience to let them do so?
    • One of the first things they discovered after landing was that something about the planet inhibited their magic. Skipping their bodies may not have been an option until after they'd started to feel at home on the planet and appreciate life there for what it was.
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