Comic Chapter 7: Page 433

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Josh.C

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Wow, perhaps you don't appreciate the Earth Dragons work as much as you think you do, Lady Red.

Sounds more like you appreciate them more for what they can bring too a fight. Considering how it sounds like the queen thinks of them too, it's understandable that what the queen thinks is a sore spot for the earth dragons.
 

Radagast

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Wow, perhaps you don't appreciate the Earth Dragons work as much as you think you do, Lady Red.

Sounds more like you appreciate them more for what they can bring too a fight. Considering how it sounds like the queen thinks of them too, it's understandable that what the queen thinks is a sore spot for the earth dragons.
Methinks you mistake her point.

To help explain it, I'm going to look at a different franchise for a moment. I remember a discussion some time ago about Harry Potter. Over the course of that discussion, the conversation shifted to the Hufflepuff House, which has garnered a reputation among fans of the series as being the house of rejects. This perception, it was contended, was due in part to one of the Sorting Hat's songs explaining the origin of each houses, wherein Slytherin wanted the purebloods, Gryffindor wanted the brave and noble, and Ravenclaw said she wanted the smart and clever. Hufflepuff's founder, however, simply said she'd "take the rest", inspiring the fan perception that Hufflepuff was for the students that didn't qualify for the other houses.

This in turn tied into the associated virtues. Slytherin was cunning, Ravenclaw was clever, Gryffindor was brave and loyal...Hufflepuff though? Kind, fair, honest, hard-working dependable (very similar to Gryffindor's loyalty, but with weaker emotional imagery)…Now, all of these are very good virtues. And as put by Rowling's own daughter (in a sentiment she apparently agrees with), we should all want to be Hufflepuffs. However, these are not especially "sexy" traits that scream that "I am an assertive go-getter who will do great things". They are humble traits that can often imply superior strength of character but are easy to overlook.

This, I think, has a lot of overlap with Red's point. It's not that the Earth Dragons don't do invaluable work, it's that the work isn't attention-grabbing, which in turn makes it easy for their society to take the Earth Dragons for granted.
 
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