It often happens that more advanced cultures negatively impact less advanced ones. For instance, the introduction of Europeans in North America nearly destroyed the indigenous peoples. So it was when Elves first encountered Humans. From them, Humanity learned to construct weapons of flint and afterwards nearly killed off their own race in destructive infighting.
Realizing what they’d done, Elves sealed themselves away from Humanity hoping to save Humans from further disruption. One such seal rested beneath a rock fall in a forest in Romania.
Though Elves avoided Humans for Human’s sake, not all Elves felt the same way. Darkleaf and Oakshanks were two such Elves. In the Human year of 2017 they thought it might be fun to go adventuring among the pitiably weak and backward Humans. What could go wrong with a bit of sport?
Oakshanks emerged from the rocks first. “Ready for adventure?” .
“Absolutely!” crowed Darkleaf, emerging behind him. “Wait till the Humans see our latest advanced technology.”
“To be sure! They’ll be dumbstruck when they see our newly developed muzzle-loaded musket rifles!”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/fffaw-challenge-week-of-june-6-2017/
In the US at least, muzzle-loaded rifles were last used en masse during the American Civil War in the 1860s. According to Wiki: “… so they kept muzzle-loading black powder rifles until after the American Civil War… Shortly afterwards, magazine loading rifles were introduced, which further increased the weapons’ rate of fire. From this period (c. 1870) on, the musket was obsolete in modern warfare.”