Superfluous Elves

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Proposed Canon

First Appearance: TBFGK 22

Superfluous Elves are an Elf brand.

They were part of the Royal Crown Coalition, and were kept in reserve.

Their leader, Odie Ose was often seen in council with Prince Ansom. Examples include the deployment of the Superfluous elves, how to attack the city of Gobwin Knob, and questioning the decision to press the final attack.

Superfluous elves have a natural ability to know when they should leave a bad situation. Many superfluous elves retreated from the Battle of Gobwin Knob before the volcano erupted.[1]

They also have some kind of ability that lets them move through crowded spaces unhindered by other units.[2]

Speculation

This is interesting, as, besides Tarfu, he seems to be the main representative of all the elves in the Coalition. This is perhaps because, as leader of a reserve force, he is closer to Ansom's headquarters, and/or has more free time. Or perhaps Superfluous elves are better at tactics and debate than combat.

Superfluous elves do not appear to be powerful warriors, often wearing T-shirts and sporting haircuts that feature long bangs instead of military gear, and no Superfluous elf has yet been seen with a weapon or casting a spell.

It is possible that they offer a peculiar bonus multiplier, one that never changes the outcome of a battle; if a side is winning a battle, they provide a small increase in power, but if losing they actually decrease the overall power of the side. In a closely matched battle, they provide no effect beyond their own numbers and meager combat abilities.

Another possibility is that they are in fact "superfluous elves" - they provide combat bonuses to a side but only when allied to other elves. This would encourage elves and elf-using sides to ally with them then use them as reserves. It would also explain their uniform (extremely casual), since they would be unlikely to ever see battle. This would make leveling up very difficult for them, thus explaining their attitude.

Alternatively, the Superfluous Elves may provide a bonus to their allies, but only when held in reserve. If committed to battle, the bonus disappears. As a result, allies may only be willing to send the Superfluous Elves into battle if having fresh troops provides a greater advantage than the bonus they had provided while in reserve.

Yet another possibility is that Superfluous Elves, instead of popping directly, are a kind of "storage form" that other Elves can enter. I.e a Lofty Elf could turn into a Superfluous Elf, causing it to lose most of its stats but also decreasing its upkeep significantly. It could then re-pop itself into a Lofty Elf, presumably having to pay Schmuckers to do so.

Superfluous Elves exist as a race, therefore it makes sense that they are "uneeded" or "extra" as a race, not just at the combat level. What would make a race uneeded? If they aren't better than any other elf race at the various specialties. So while Altruist Elves are the best healers, Shady Elves are good at archery, etc., the Superfluous Elves aren't the best at anything. They may be the Jack-of-all-trades but the master of none. This could explain why they are put in the reserves and "used as needed" by the Coalition. While they may not be the best at anything, they may be above average at everything (or most things). This makes them perfect to put in the reserves. Since it is not known where they may be needed (riding mounts, replacing archers, providing medical support) it's best to put them in the reserves where a more specialized elf might be asked to do something they are very poor at doing. Better to have someone who is decent (but maybe not the best) than someone bad at the job at hand.

Their ability to know when they are no longer needed may be a form of natural Predictamancy.

Citations

Real World References

Superfluous elves appear as emo teenagers. The term superfluous means extra and unneeded. This is most likely a pun on their apparent lack of action in the coalition.