So, ironically this idea came from a stupid argument in a chat channel about lore.
Ascended vs. Defiant is obviously not about good vs. evil, since both are capable of both good and evil. But here's the question.
Does EVERY Ascended (whether lorewise/RPwise) have to be a fanatic? And if they aren't does that make them a traitor to their people?
I look at it from this way: We've got two factions, but then again, a common enemy. Would the Guardians really have a care if a lone Mathosian befriended an Eth? Would they really go after Common Joe or even Ascended Joe for working with that same Eth to close a RIFT and have a drink after? Would the Unseen really give two craps if some lone Eth, was sharing map information about rift locations with a high elf somewhere?
The way I look at it, culture does not automatically equal affiliation despite game mechanics, especially if you decide to roleplay a non ascended, and even if you play an ascended. (Especially on the Defiant Side: whose to say the Bahmi they resurrected isn't one of the Storm's Fury IPP Bahmi who don't want to take a side?) It's kind of like separating the individuals from the country or even the citizens from the government. Hell, while this might be a fantasy of so many different types, just using the olde world mentality if anything, I'd think foes would be MORE willing to chatter and drink together when they don't have the pressing business of slaughtering one another.
Anyway, just a thought. Is it truly a black and white extreme or is there room for shades of grey?
Note: I do not mean "tea time in AG" but I mean in general.