Void Elf-High Elf Customization Thread

Greetings everyone!

After careful consideration, I’ve decided to expand this thread to include more unique requests in order to facilitate more variety.

High Elf Theme:
Since there isn’t already a thread on the subject, this is the main topic.

Void Elves request all of the currently existing Blood Elf:
Hair Styles (including Facial Hair)
Hair Colors
Jewelry
Ear Length Options
In addition, we also request access to the Demon Hunter class.

Void Elves, additionally, request tattoos. These include both Farstrider for their High Elf theme and others for their Void theme (examples of Void themed tattoos can be found in the linked thread in the Void Theme section). If you want to be provided with a lore explanation other than them wanting to look more like one of their leaders (Alleria), they could also mimic Demon Hunters in the use of tattoos infused with Arcane to help contain the Void within them.

While mentioned in the Void Theme section, it’s worth noting here as well that we’d like the option to disable the visual of Entropic Embrace.

Lastly, we desire for the addition of heterochromia options similar to what Worgen have access to. In particular, the ability to have one eye Blue and the other Purple. It’s a known fact that High Elves have their eyes change to the color of the magic they are exposed to, so it only makes sense for them to have the option to have both magics represented (Arcane and Void).

Void Theme

As there is already a thread for Void themed customization requests on Void Elves, I won’t be including very many in this thread but instead will redirect you to that thread.

Void Elf Customization Thread
Of particular note, we would like to see:
Hair Colors:
White and Black

Blonde with Void highlights or darker roots


Brown with a Void touch

Pale Pink

Black with gradient on lower half.

Some unique hairstyles we’d like to see include:


Tentacle Toggle

The ability to modify our Entropic Embrace, ideas include:
The option to disable the visual effect
Changing it into a toggle similar to the Worgen transformation racial
Modifying the intensity of the shading change, including color options

The changing of our Spatial Rift:
Change this into something similar to the Vulpera Camp racial, but allow its use indoors too.

We would like to note however, that we do not want Void Elves to turn into something they are not. Void Elves are High Elves and Blood Elves (also High Elves), they are not monsters and we do not wish them to be turned into such. We do not advocate for the addition of monstrous mutations, as that is not representative of what Void Elves are.

Blood Elves

As there is already a thread on Blood Elf requests, I won’t be including very many in this thread but instead will redirect you to that thread.
Big Blood Elf Customization Thread
Of particular note, we would like to see:
Farstrider Tattoos (with color options for Fel, Arcane, Light, and Blood)
Options focused on expanding their Fel, Arcane, Light, and Blood (Dark Ranger/San’layn) themes

Similar to what is listed for the High Elf theme above, we request that Blood Elves also be given heterochromia options for the same reason.

Now for some important points:

Void Elves and Blood Elves are both equally High Elves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BsxB4NJIBs

“High Elves? Honestly, spoilers guys, Blood Elves are pretty much High Elves. Void Elves are also pretty much another flavor of High Elves.”

Ion’s use of the words “also” and “another” directly imply that he was using the word “flavor” to describe both Blood Elves and Void Elves as both High Elves. If you agree that Blood Elves are High Elves, through this source you must also believe that Void Elves are High Elves too.

Ion: Blood Elves and Void Elves are both flavors of High Elves.

Void Elves are growing in number

https://www.polygon.com/2019/1/21/18188397/wow-world-of-warcraft-allied-races-story-nightborne-void-elves-steve-danuser-interview

“The Void Elves were a case where we didn’t want the Allied Races to be something you were always familiar with before. We wanted to introduce new ideas, and new opportunities,” Danuser says. With Alleria Windrunner’s story being an internal success on Argus, the team saw it as the opportunity for a new twist on elves. There’s just one question: If they come from a small group of Silvermoon Exiles, how are they an Allied Race? Where do the numbers come from?

“They start out as a small group,” Danuser continues. “But it’s natural as other elves have found out about them — elves who are interested in new sources of magic, power, or opportunities — would see if they could undergo a similar process. They’re not … recruiting , necessarily, but they’re open to those who show a similar interest.”

Danuser: How did a small elite squad become playable? That’s because, while they did start off as a small group, other High Elves and Blood Elves have learned of them and are seeking the Void Elves out to join them which causes their population to steadily grow.

This can be seen not only through the many High Elves and Blood Elves seen wandering Stormwind, but also through new High Elves and Blood Elves actively entering Telogrus Rift. The Void Elves aren’t going out to recruit, hence the “not recruiting necessarily”, but they are welcoming in those that found them on their own. The use of “would see if they could undergo a similar process” is in reference to the mindset those elves have, not in terms of the ritual itself being ready or not. In fact, both the addition of non-Void skin tones and the fact that many more Void Elves have been seen than the ones in the original group, this proves that these new High Elves and Blood Elves have already been learning to harness the Void and going through a new process.

On sharing the Blood Elf Options & Demon Hunter

Demon Hunters - A group of Fel infused elves. Some had visible mutations, others had no changes occur at all (outside of the burning out of their eyes which was part of the ritual). Like Void Elves, they also have different colored blood. Since some had no visible changes to their body, they are capable of looking exactly like a non-Demon Hunter (minus the eyes).

Death Knights - A group of undead, infused with Death magic. Some didn’t retain their original looks due to decay (Undead), but some are also able to look exactly like their original selves minus their eyes.

Void Elves - Group of Void infused High Elves. Some underwent visible changes, some didn’t. You should be able to make an exact copy of a Blood Elf minus the eyes, just like with Demon Hunters and Death Knights.

There is zero lore that goes against what is being requested in this thread. Lore wise, Void Elves should 100% have access to the shared Blood Elf options that have been listed in the “High Elf Theme” section. There is no debating it, since it’s valid in the lore that is all that matters.

Nothing is stopping a Void Elf from styling/growing/coloring their hair in a particular way, their jewelry wouldn’t have magically vanished, their ear length wouldn’t have magically changed, and they wouldn’t lose access to being a Demon Hunter.

We also already know that Void and Fel can mix just fine, as shown with two bosses in HFC (Shadow-Lord Iskar & Xhul’horac) during WoD and even with one boss in Antorus (Felhounds of Sargeras) during Legion.

Visual Distinction

This argument is flawed for many reasons, and both does and doesn’t exist (both in ways that don’t favor those that actually use it as an argument).

For starters, it already exists in the clearest way possible. No matter what distance or faction you are, you can easily determine whether the player in your sights is a Void Elf or a Blood elf through multiple methods: Name/NamePlate Color, UnitFrame Color, and Tooltip Race.

Secondly, it already doesn’t exist. A Void Elf and a Blood Elf can already look the same through the use of helmets or the bald hair option.

Lastly, contrary to the belief of those that disagree with the options listed in the “High Elf Theme” section, we want Blood Elves to get more customization options. By expanding Blood Elves through Fel, Arcane, Light, and Blood (Dark Ranger/San’layn) options, that gives Blood Elves a wide variety of new customization that would be exclusive to them and therefore allow themselves to actually look distinct.

Also contrary to the belief of that same group, Void Elves are not asking to take everything. We aren’t asking to take Paladin (until they create class skins that is for a Void variant), we aren’t asking to take any of the eye colors, etc.

Turning Void Elves into something they aren't

As mentioned already, Void Elves (as stated by Blizzard) are High Elves. Giving them more non-Void options doesn’t take away the fact that they’re also infused with Void energy. This will continue to be seen through their racial abilities, heritage armor (and hopeful addition of heritage weapons and mounts), and their eyes.

The real group this argument should be targeted at instead are those that wish to turn Void Elves into grotesque monsters, as mentioned in the Void Theme section.

Player Agency

One of the things that players have wanted in WoW for so long is better character customization options to reflect themselves. Not just that, but whatever fantastical character they want to portray. Sarah and Patrick spoke on why now was the right time to include these updates.

It was important for them to do the update right, and allow players the option of properly being able to represent themselves if that was what they wanted for the character fantasy. As to why now? Bouilan Verral said: “Shadowlands is all about player agency. It’s the core theme of the expansion.” Choices are a big part of the expansion: What Covenant did you choose? How does your character develop over Shadowlands? What Legendary are you going to make?

Choices in how you look comes into that player agency, and so they didn’t take it lightly. They wanted to be inclusive “to make everyone feel like they had a home in our game, and the sooner the better.” Seeing the reaction of fans for the current updates for customization has through posts on Reddit has also been incredibly heartwarming.

Dawson said: “Ultimately, just to do it right took a massive undertaking, and a lot of development time, and we wanted to make sure that we committed to that in Shadowlands.”

“This is just the beginning for our character customization, I’m sure there will be more hair styles and eye colors, different things that we add throughout the course of what we’re learning from what people want in the community as a result of that.”

The team are incredibly proud of and happy with the additions for players in being able to express their fantasy, with Dawson adding: “We hit the mark, there’s still more to go, but we hit the mark.”

Blizzard adds options that are appropriate

What is the process for choosing what sort of customization options each race gets? We’ve seen a steady stream of updates for each race, with some updated over several months such as Orcs getting their fist round in April and then another round today in July. Are some races revisited to add more options pending community feedback?

We try to make choices for race customization that are appropriate for their race, ie Night Elf hairstyles and ornamentation core to their fantasy. Of course, some races have gotten more customization that others, and we make those choices vey specifically and we try to make use of our resources the best possible way to make sure we provide the best possible value for our time.

Since they only add options that are appropriate/canon, that means that their specific addition of non-Void skin were because those options made sense for the race. This opens the door for normal hair options.

More High Elf customization on the table, says Blizzard

According to a dev interview Ion gave several months ago, Blood Elves were originally unintended to have blue eyes in Shadowlands, but later on that decision was reversed following team discussions. If the art department was involved, what was the reasoning that led to blue eyes being added for Void Elves and Blood Elves?

This is another place where there was a race, High Elves, in the game which hadn’t really been represented on player characters. Blood Elves were the closest, but had felt green eyes. It was an opportunity where we had a number of elven races, and we could tie it back to their roots, letting players choose where they want to align and what fantasy to play out. We did have a lot of discussion about it, ultimately we might do more in the future, but for now we’re providing the option to have a few High Elf customizations available.

This is talking about both Void Elves and Blood Elves having High Elf Customizations available to choose where they want to align and what fantasy they want to play out. It also mentions that more High Elf customization may be added in the future.

"Few and far between" is incorrect

Surviving high elves comprise a mere 1% of the original high elven population, with the blood elves accounting for the remaining 9% of it. Since Kael’thas took 15% of the blood elves to Outland (i.e. 1.35% of the original high elf population), and since Kael’thas’ army numbered at least 2,000 it follows that the total high elf population is currently at least 1,481 (and at least ~148,000 prior to the Third War).

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You are not blood elves. You are void elves

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No. No way. Stop asking.

Keep Blood Elves visually distinct.

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There’s already two megathreads for this topic, we didn’t need a new one.

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Void elves should have no hair

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Easier to just aVoid that request. :wink:

But nah. They compromised with the skin colors, but they’re really not trying to make high/blood elves a neutral race. Hair is the main unique thing void elves have left as appearances go.

Void elves definitely need the shorter ear options though!

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There’s a lot of hairstyles all races should be sharing. I’m all for it.

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Hell no. I would go further and say that giving void elves blood elf skin tones was a very bad decision. They are meant to be voidy tentacle gothic themed not pseudo high elves.

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This is the best part about the race and the normies are constantly trying to suppress it.
Let the angst be free! :bat:

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I cant with all the edgelord widows peak hairstyles that VElf males have… they’re terrible.
I dont even really care about the colours, but the styles are so. so bad.

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No. I do want different hair colors, but way different from belf.

What about a true black? How about pink, green, true white and others? How about some more eye colors, other than belf ones? How about some void looking tattoos like DH’s have?

If I wanted a belf look, I would roll a belf.

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I’m pretty sure eyebrows and beards are hair

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Yeah its really dumb that there are like 3 hair colors and like no hair styles without tentacles. There isn’t even a white hair color ffs.

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As much as the hair color would make sense from a narrative point of view, the current hair style grew me.

I could say the previous hairstyle is quite fitting for him before being uh…

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Before your character lost his “innocence”.
I could say it’s taken a Void Elf female to “Corrupt” him. Wink Wink
From Warcraft II to Warcraft III you died a “Boy” :laughing:

I assume the only good thing you find about BFA is when someone made you a “Man”.

I can come up with countless jokes of your hilarious scenario.

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I’d trade the new ones we have for a couple of the void elf ones tbh. The long wavy one especially would look incredible on blood elves.

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Meh I’m fine with my gray/silver hair. Blood elves wish they had this color :relieved:

I wouldn’t mind a blue ish white color though. Would fit really well with my mog