Advanced Technology

Photo by: Pamela S. Canepa

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!”
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Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/fffaw-challenge-week-of-june-6-2017/

Author’s Notes:

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.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musket

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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13 Responses to Advanced Technology

  1. List of X says:

    Although… this is Romania, muskets could still be considered an advanced technology there.

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  2. Lyn says:

    Oh boy, are old Darkleaf and Oakshanks going to be in for a bit of a shock. Let’s hope they don’t take any modern weapons back to Elfdom.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. Somebody will be dumbstruck for sure. If the wayward Elves get a little too cocky, they may not survive to bring anything back. Arrogance can be dangerous. 😉 Thanks Lyn! 🙂

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  3. Poor little elves! They have lived in darkness (a hole in the ground) to long. They are going to be the ones that are surprised at the newest modern weaponry! LOL!! Cute story!

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  4. I really enjoy your creative writing! Excellent.
    The Mine
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

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  5. James says:

    The elves are in for a big surprise.

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  6. luckyjc007 says:

    Poor little elves, they will be so disappointed to learn they are behind the times…they need go back to the drawing board and come up with something more susfisticated if they want to impress the humans!

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