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On all of the above...

1) D&D (or AD&D) is too arbitrary and simplistic a system to compare to 'real' combat. One individual's hypothetical 'statistics' may mean little or nothing in the melee of war. Also, your enemy's not gonna sit around waiting for you to take your turn. It also doesn't take into account fatigue, attrition, or battle strategy. It also doesn't take into account what may be the most significant warrior attribute of all: one's motivation for fighting. That's one of the reasons why seemingly inferior forces can win stunning victories over larger armies. Their need to win was greater than their enemy's cost of losing. This was basically the reason the elves (specifically the Wolfriders) won the Palace war. Plus a little stratigic armament.

2) The point was made that "Recognition' was the determining factor for a superior fighter. Which clearly isn't true even in canon. Pike isn't a child of Recognition but his battle prowess is the equal to, or surpasses several of his tribemates (Rainsong/Redlance/Woodlock/Moonshade). Kahvi was clearly remarking on the Wolfrider savagery as did Winnowill in the Blue Mountain fight and even Voll remarked that they were more a family unit than a tribe. So they were talking about what makes the Wolfriders unique unto themselves, which is their wolf blood.

3) It's immaterial whether the Gliders were producing any babies at the time. Presumably every one of them was produced by Recognition. And except for the Chosen Eight, none of them looked like they could wield anything more deadly than a dinner fork. Recognition (among non-wolfblooded) seems to produce those closer to the elfin idea of the Firstcomers. Which, if anything, makes them less suitable to being strong warriors.

Hope that clears things up.