The Elven PC



  • So I have a few questions for @Mike before playing Spindle (the name my elven PC gives to humans). How closely are we going to adhere to the following and can you please qualify where appropriate...

    Despite their longevity, elves are few in number; most humans have never seen more than two or three elves their entire lives and rarely do they ever see more than one elf in the same place. There are communities of elves in isolated parts of the world, but humans rarely see them, let alone visit them. Those few who have visited them note, among other things, that there are no children to be found among the elves. This lack of children has led to speculation about how new elves come to be, if indeed they do at all. For their part, elves refuse to broach the subject with “ephemerals,” implying only that it is an intensely personal matter that they do not discuss with nonelves.

    Would "immortal" Spindle be old enough to know the answer to this?

    Others say that one can become an elf by consuming their food, a notion made more plausible by the fact that elves do not consume human foodstuffs if they can avoid it and prefer not to eat in the presence of nonelves, regardless of the menu.

    What exactly do we eat?

    Though elves do have two genders that, outwardly at least, resemble those of humans, elves do not marry or form pair bonds or have any other kind of social arrangements that suggest either the formation of families or indeed any purpose to the physiological differences between the genders. It’s almost as if elves were male and female in imitation of humans!

    Is there a physiological reason for the difference in the sexes?



  • Good questions. I need to think about how I want to answer this. There are some mysteries contained within. Long-lived/immortal does not mean perfect memory may be part of the answer. :smile:



  • @JohnY said in The Elven PC:

    So I have a few questions for @Mike before playing Spindle (the name my elven PC gives to humans). How closely are we going to adhere to the following and can you please qualify where appropriate...

    Despite their longevity, elves are few in number; most humans have never seen more than two or three elves their entire lives and rarely do they ever see more than one elf in the same place. There are communities of elves in isolated parts of the world, but humans rarely see them, let alone visit them. Those few who have visited them note, among other things, that there are no children to be found among the elves. This lack of children has led to speculation about how new elves come to be, if indeed they do at all. For their part, elves refuse to broach the subject with “ephemerals,” implying only that it is an intensely personal matter that they do not discuss with nonelves.

    Would "immortal" Spindle be old enough to know the answer to this?

    No. Most of the elves in the current era do not know how or why they came to be. And, despite their nigh immortal life, their memories fade at a similar rate to that of humans. So, while you might recall vague snippets of memory from your life, it's sometimes blurry and hazy. And, your "birth" is distant and forgotten. It's said there are some elves that know the secrets but others say it is lost and the elves dwindle from Telluria like other demi-humans, including the dwarfs.

    Perhaps this is why what elves are left of the world are drawn to Dwimmermount and out of their distant glades and enchanted woods? The mystery of how elves reproduce is surely within the great mountain that sits at the center of the world.

    All you know is elven immortal bodies retain the same form, never aging*. You can die by harm and disease, but never by old age. And, "normal" methods of reproduction do not work. There are no "half-elves" either. Your sexual organs function (you've tested it), they just don't and never will produce offspring.

    *This doesn't mean there aren't differences in apparent age. Some elves take on a far older appearance than others and vice versa. Though none appear younger than what an adult human might look like and usually never "elderly" in appearance. Though, each individual elf's apparent age never changes.

    Others say that one can become an elf by consuming their food, a notion made more plausible by the fact that elves do not consume human foodstuffs if they can avoid it and prefer not to eat in the presence of nonelves, regardless of the menu.

    What exactly do we eat?

    Or, do you eat? This is a fanciful human legend that -- as far as you know -- is entirely false. Elves don't eat for sustenance -- at least, you've gone for months without eating and not died from it. You never thought to test years or decades. Perhaps eventually you would deplete.

    Nevertheless, it's why elven wine and food is so rich and tasty, made of the finest and most expensive ingredients in the world. They aren't eating it to survive. They're eating it for pleasure. And, who would eat the bland and foul rot that humans put in their mouths for pleasure? Elves never gain or lose weight from eating. It's as if the food just passes through their system without absorbing the nutrition within.

    Elves are sounding like vampires, aren't they? Hehe. Not quite!

    Elves don't drink blood. Water. All life needs water. And, while elves are immortal they are alive. They drink water like humans do and require it like humans do.

    Though elves do have two genders that, outwardly at least, resemble those of humans, elves do not marry or form pair bonds or have any other kind of social arrangements that suggest either the formation of families or indeed any purpose to the physiological differences between the genders. It’s almost as if elves were male and female in imitation of humans!

    Is there a physiological reason for the difference in the sexes?

    It is a mystery. And, in elven society -- so you've heard... there hasn't been much of an "elven society" in centuries -- sex is merely for pleasure. There are no permanent partners and elves change sexual partners like humans might dancing partners. Think Brave New World style.

    And, while elves can have sex with humans, they know that human mortality inevitably rears its ugly head and avoid it. Humans will want to cling, bond, and reproduce. Better to just avoid it.



  • Nice. Good job! Scratching rations from encumbrance sheet... :smile:


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