Thursday, October 12, 2017

The dog people in elven courts

In the early days when elves first began to write their history, forge silver and summon forth magics to construct their first towers and cities they also began to domesticate wild creatures that wandered out of the mountains.

At first these creatures simply lurked outside the Elven hearths to steal scraps and root through the garbage,  but over generations through happenstance and random chance, the Elves began taking in their babies and domesticating them.  They kept them first for work, but then more and more as companions.

The bloodline of these offshoots diverged greatly from their elf-avoiding kin. Neoteny gave these people lifelong juvenile features compared to their wild counterparts.  They also evolved to be naturally empathetic to Elven emotions and display vastly reduced aggression.  That isn't to say they were not capable of violence.  The Elves frequently bred stocks to act as guards, or even for helping hunt down their wild cousins.  As time went on, more and more were bred simply for companions.  Their comparatively rapid breeding and life-cycle meant most were spayed or neutered.

Despite the occasional cross-breeding with wild stock, they had become a separate species over roughly two dozen millennia.  As the technology of their still undomesticated wild cousins has advanced,   many have become feral with the destruction of their Elven master's cities.  Their wild human counterparts refer to them as "Half-Elves" due to their comparatively juvenile and lithe appearance, but their Elven masters refer to them as "Dog People", compared to the "Wolf People" of  the Empires of Mankind. 

"He's only been around 10 passes of the mystic comet, but that is like 70 passes in Human years"


  1. Hmm nice idea. I always felt that the hypothesis that humans have 'self domesticated' hits a sweet spot between plausible and uncomfortable.

    But why not go the last step and make the "Wolf People" Orcs?

    1. Because that has the effect of being far less unsettling. It implies a strength of human civilization, that you could truly point at yourself and say "I am not merely a wild beast at heart, I am civilized and my very genetic nature shows it".

    2. To me it has exactly the opposite effect. The idea to be selectivly bred to be neotenous and tame, and our whole civilization beeing nothing more as a by product of that breeding, is far more unsetteling to me.

      But people are different I guess.

  2. I didn't see this last week for some reason. It's a fun idea. Would it be more interesting if elfs were the result of wizard experiments to breed a perfect companion, and then THEY escaped and got wild?