Last time, the four elves stepped through the gateway between worlds, feeling the crisp air of the Shiverpeak Mountains, and were about to make their way to the Durmond Priory.
Last time, the four elves had escaped from a gunfight with Union soldiers just south of Thief River Falls, Minnesota. There was a gate, one that would take them to a different planar world, all they had to do was step through.
Last time, Shani and Pania, a pair of elves from the realm of Terkala, revealed themselves to Pyre Fierceshot, a charr with the Blood Legion. They were the first elves to appear on Tyria. Over 200 years have now passed, and the pair of elves have traveled on.
The following is a story using my characters of Shani Wennemein, Pania Alow, Wren Wennemein, Abisayo Temi Lilu and Unia Wennemein, who appear in the book The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider. That book, set in the 1860s of the American Civil War, showcases two elves who can tap into magic, and how they face the gunslinger culture of the American Mid West. They’ve also appeared in the video games Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2, but had to be made as human. This story examines what if elves did cross the planar gates and find Tyria.
Okay, it’s not often I will point people in the direction of a Cracked article, but this one is on point.
Just avoid the comments section with all the people griping and complaining as is often found in many Cracked articles.
I wrote a thing, an urban fantasy kind of thing. I may keep writing this thing. Please read and tell me what you think of this thing. It’s probably best to listen to the Tragically Hip’s Phantom Power and/or Trouble At The Hen House while reading this.
1233 words in length.
In 1861, several of the states that made up the Union which was called the United States of America seceded and formed their own Confederacy. This Confederacy was made possible for one reason and one reason only. This is made very clear in what has become called the Cornerstone Speech. Written by Alexander H. Stephens and presented on March 21, 1861 in Savanah, Georgia, the most telling aspect is laid to bare as to what the Confederate States uphold the greatest.
The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution African slavery as it exists amongst us the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away. This idea, though not incorporated in the constitution, was the prevailing idea at that time. The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the institution while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the “storm came and the wind blew.”
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition.
One simple line gives it all in perspective; upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man. The Confederacy was formed boldly stating that blacks were inferior to whites. A racist view that many in the Confederacy felt was true. The speech in it’s entirety can be viewed here.
Fast forward 70 years. The world is going through the Great Depression, and somewhere in Europe a man is declaring that Germany and her allies lost the Great War thanks to the number of Jews in the German Military. Adolph Hitler saw the Jews not based on their religion, but based on their race and the stereotypes regarding that. From there, it was only a few steps and Hitler saw anyone who did not resemble the Aryan aspect as inferior. A collection of Hitler’s views on Jews as written in Mein Kampf can be found here.
Separated by 80 years, the Confederate States of America and Nazi Germany held similar ideals. That whites or Aryans were superior to all other races. One cannot ignore the fact that many of those who would have supported the Confederacy would have also supported the Anti-Chinese Leagues that cropped up as settlements pushed further west in the United States.
Meanwhile, in Germany today as with many nations in Europe, the Nazi Flag is illegal, only put on display in museums as a reminder of the horrors of such things. Let’s not forget, that because of this any white supremest groups in Europe do not fly the Nazi Flag or any flag that has the double lightning bolts of the SS. Instead, they turn to the only other flag in the world which is based on racism which is not outlawed anywhere. That being the Confederate Flag.
The Confederate Flag was raised in South Carolina in 1961 as a “celebration” of the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, to honour the soldiers who fought and lost their lives. Let me ask this; do we celebrate Hitler’s birthday, or the anniversary of the formation of the Nazi Party? Not with the fervor that is shown in the southern United States. And in 1961, another event was just beginning to take place that the Confederate Flag spit on. That being the Civil Rights Movement, when black Americans demanded equality. Something they are still sorely lacking even to this day. The flag was risen not so much as a way “celebrate heritage” as much as it was a warning to black Americans to “keep in your place”.
The Confederate Flag is a racist symbol, and it’s time to be taken down and recognized as a flag no better than the one that flew over Nazi Germany.