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Subtypes[edit source]

I think that Scree may not be a species but a culture of sorts and that the griffon like creatures are pets, or mounts, or some kind of beast of burden as they don't look anything alike.... Unless its a freakish larval stage. JediRogue 15:39, 25 September 2006 (CDT)

Or dimorphism even more extreme than the Margonites' four-armed males and two-armed females with flaming wings. I didn't see any male Harpies. -- Gordon Ecker 23:24, 25 September 2006 (CDT)
The Skree article definetly shouldn't have been moved to Harpy, because these aren't equivalent terms:
  • a) Skree clearly is the name of the "super-category", use in many places. Most importantly in the Skree Battle conscription order. Furthermore the vast majority of Skree (including the Skree griffons) have "Skree" in their name, and they all drop "Skree Wings". Yes, the Skree are called "Skree Harpies" or "harpies" in some quest dialogues, but "Skree" is still the much more predominant term.
  • b) Maybe not all Skree are harpies. Some Skree look like griffons. These may or may not be separate species. Maybe this is akin to the Ice Golem belonging to the Stone Summit without being a dwarf. The Skree griffons trigger the Skree Battle bonus, but we don't know for sure if conscription orders necessarily indictate the same species, or maybe the same "organization" or "culture". Does anybody have the exact wording of the Skree Battle? Does it say "Skree" or "Skree Harpies"? And: Did anybody do an EoE test with Skree harpies against Skree griffons? Maybe there will be a weapon "of Skreeslaying" or "of Harpyslaying" or "of Griffonslaying" in the retail version of Nightfall, so we can check.
  • c) Maybe not all harpies are Skree. Skree Harpies may actually be a subtype of harpies, like Caromi Tengu are a subtype of Tengu. Maybe there are other types of harpies in Kourna or Vabbni. We just don't know yet.
In any case, Skree must be an article of it's own, not a redirect to Harpy. Infact, I'm re-creating the Skree article right now, moving some of the content of the current Harpy article back there. Once we have a final, compelling clarification about how Skree, harpies and griffons are linked together, we can re-merge the Skree and Harpy articles. --Tetris L 02:34, 26 September 2006 (CDT)
Copied from Category talk:Harpies, because it is relevant here:
There is a conflict about how skree, harpies and griffons link together. See Talk:Harpy. For now, I'll create a category Category:Skree harpies and a category Category:Skree griffons. Both will be a sub-category of Category:Skree, but Category:Skree griffons will also be a sub-category of Category:Griffons and Category:Skree harpies will also be a sub-category of Category:Harpies. That seems like the best solution for now, based on what we know. --Tetris L 02:44, 26 September 2006 (CDT)
I just noticed that all Skree griffons have been moved back to Category:Harpies. :/ Hmmm .... I think that was wrong, but I'll not revert it for now. Let's see what others think about it. --Tetris L 02:17, 29 September 2006 (CDT)
Hmm, I was unaware of this dicussion, sorry about moving stuff back and forth. Ok, so here is why the skree are harpies:
  • The blessing/hunt conscription order says "Skree Harpies." I don't have a screen shot though.
Now, should we divide harpies into "sub-harpy" categories for Skree Harpies and Blee Harpies (I made that up)? I say we don't unless there is an over-arching species that cover many subspecies like Plants (some drop roots, some drop seeds, some drop petals...). Otherwise, the Harpies are like the Skales. There will be Bog Skales and Skale Lashers and Frigid Skales. There are Ancient Skales. We have not been sub-categorizing Stone Summit into Stone Summit infantry units and Stone Summit mounted units. Any such division should not be arbitrary based on who created the article first, but a decision made in the style and formatting page of the Bestiary.
As far as the griffon harpies vs the humanoid harpies, I think we wait till the game comes out and test with EoE. As it stands now, the Skree Hatchlings/Griffons could either be like Abyssals or they could be like Ice Golems. Abyssals have a very different graphical model than the rest of the Shadow Army, yet they trigger EoE and drop the same drops and so forth. So, we do not make up a Regular Shadow Army category and a Really Ugly Shadow Army category. :) However, Ice Golems are a different species than Stone Summit. They do not take extra damage from Dwarf-slaying mods and will not trigger EoE (never personally checked it). This is why we "categorize" them as Stone Summit (because they drop the badge) but we list the species as Golem/Construct.
So, for the Griffons, keep them as harpies now (not because I said so, but because they share the same drops, Skreechy Wings) and when the game comes out, someone should test with EoE if the game thinks they are the same species or not. If they are not, then we classify their species as Griffon, but keep their categorizations as Harpy, like the Ice Golems.
As for breaking Harpies into Skree and Blee and then breaking Skree into More-Bird-Like skree and More-Human-Like Skree... That, again, is an issue to be taken up in the S&F page of the Bestiary. All the subdivisions we have (Jade separate from Mursaat or Enchanted separate from Forgotten) is because there is a technical difference between the two subcategories. i.e. no corpses, no EoE trigger.. Something. --Karlos 02:43, 29 September 2006 (CDT)
I agree that we should not take any action in any direction until the game comes out and we have a clearer picture. Many questions that we can currently only speculate about will probabaly be answered clearly in early November when we can check for other types of harpies and griffons (and the related conscription order blessing) in Kourna and Vabbi, and we have done an EoE test of harpies against griffons. --Tetris L 02:55, 29 September 2006 (CDT)
Karlos, what the ...? Why do you keep changing and even deleting species/categories, despite this talk??! I think past edits are wrong, but I abstained from reverting. I invoked 1RV in Talk:Skree Hatchling and Talk:Skree Griffon, asking everybody to put edits on hold. I thought it wouldn't be necessary to put that in the talk pages of the remaining Skree too, but it looks like I was wrong. >:( --Tetris L 03:38, 29 September 2006 (CDT)


I moved everything into one schema. We can't have Skree Warbler under Category:Skree and Skree Fledgeling under Category:Harpies and so on. That's unacceptable. I thought you meant stay with the status quo in terms of stay with the system we have been doing, not make up a new one. Leaving the articles scattered with one article saying creature X is a Skree and the next article saying creature Y is a Harpy and Skree redirecting to Harpy. What kind of spaghetti is that? We won't leave the data in the wiki corrupted as part of a "cease-fire" between Tetris and Karlos (or anyone and anyone else for that matter). All I did was move everybody to "harpy" Species and category. This much we know. Further divisions and extrapolations should be on hold, I agree. But I never thought you meant leave the articles themselves in shambles. That I won't agree to anyways.
Deleted categories are empty. Recreating them takes 1 second each. When there is a need for them they will be recreated, I hae no doubt about that. --Karlos 03:47, 29 September 2006 (CDT)
I disapprove. For factual reasons, because I think that your edits are at least premature, possibly wrong. I think the common category for Skree harpies and Skree griffons should be Skree, not harpies.
I disapprove also for formal reasons, because you kept editing/reverting although you knew that a discussion was going on and no concensus was reached yet. Moving everything into one schema is no excuse. I'm sure you would have jumped at me and called it unacceptable if I had moved all entries into Category:Skree to have a uniform schema. If 1RV is invoked I expect everybody to put all related reverts on hold, no matter what, with the sole exception being reverting of vandalism.
Anyway ... until the retail game is released very few people care about this topic anyway, so we'll leave the status quo as it is and come back to it in 5 weeks from now. --Tetris L 04:09, 29 September 2006 (CDT)
Unless you are saying that the Kree Minotaur is of the species Kree and not Minotaur I don't understanc how you can understand Skree Harpies as being of the species Skree and not Harpy. I am going very factual and giving you example all along the way and you have yet to address the fact that they are called "Skree Harpies." On the flip side you are setting precedents by extrapolation, precedents that I have shown go against how we have been classifying bestiary all along. I did not choose to put them all in harpies simply because this is what I proposed vs what you proposed, I put them all in harpies because a) we know there is a species called harpies from the promotional material that comes with the game and b) the Skree are called "Skree Harpies." Any further divisions/extrapolations will branch from this basic categorization. All I did was stick with what we know. --Karlos 10:54, 29 September 2006 (CDT)
I disagree, in all respects, but it would be a waste of time and energy to explain in detail. I'll reply in 5 weeks. --Tetris L 13:51, 29 September 2006 (CDT)

Aggro[edit source]

Shouldn't this article include that this species is a social one, and thusly links groups at range when aggroed? When you visit the Cliffs of Dojok for the first time, and go down into the mines, an NPC tells you about them linking aggro from range. Neon 09:10, 1 December 2006 (CST)

Elder Skree[edit source]

The information regarding the Elder skree is incorrect. They only spawn before the completion of certain quests, not just during them. Born to Mes 15:32, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

There, I fixed it. Although I do believe that the Harpy mothers and the Harpy Hatchlings only appear during one particular quest, but I'm not quite sure of that though. Born to Mes 03:35, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
Hmm? --Warwick sig.JPG Warwick (Talk)/(Contr.) 16:13, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

Sexy[edit source]

Those harpies are pretty hawt. 222.153.229.8 03:27, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Eww...Entrea SumataeEntrea Sumatae [Talk] 03:44, 15 February 2008 (UTC)
I concur (with both of you) Mr IP 22:27, 16 February 2008 (UTC)