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RyanW 04-19-2019 09:10 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
How about a fantasy world where humans are in the process of leaving the hidebound fantasy races behind? Dwarven metalcraft is exquisite, but can't compete with the work of the best human steel makers. Elven spellsong is as beautiful as ever, but the human arcanists have reduced the whole process of spellcasting down to its essentials and bypassed the ancient arts. Human craft is just dumb, dirty, and effective.

Flyndaran 04-20-2019 09:08 AM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
Anthropocentric "racial" superiority isn't bending the stereotype. It is the stereotype. Even when it makes no sense, humans will often defeat or out compete objectively superior species.

RyanW 04-21-2019 02:32 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyndaran (Post 2257179)
Anthropocentric "racial" superiority isn't bending the stereotype. It is the stereotype. Even when it makes no sense, humans will often defeat or out compete objectively superior species.

It seems to me that it's usually a case of being generalists, so we can beat everybody at something.

Flyndaran 04-22-2019 10:29 AM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
Most multi-species fiction I've seen, humans win, because their enemy holds the idiot ball.
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IdiotBall.
Or because the enemy has some absurd over the top weakness like robots that blow up when asked an unanswerable question, aliens that explode when touched with water, or fall to the horribly overused Trojan horse plot.

jason taylor 04-22-2019 05:17 PM

Re: bending stereotypes
 
A robot can have a weakness built into it as a fail-safe of course.


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