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    Default Elf/Dwarf Family Brainstorming

    Had a character idea I'm trying to flesh out, so I thought I'd get some other people's opinions.

    Basically, the character is a half-elf, but with a dwarf parent instead of human (This is in Pathfinder 2e's rules, where half-elf now modifies an existing ancestry instead of being a standalone one). So which pairing of parents would be cuter or funnier when the inevitable "meet my embarrassing parents" moment comes?

    An elf dad and a dwarf mom? A dwarf dad and an elf mom?
    "Reach down into your heart and you'll find many reasons to fight. Survival. Honor. Glory. But what about those who feel it's their duty to protect the innocent? There you'll find a warrior savage enough to match any dragon, and in the end, they'll retain what the others won't. Their humanity."

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    Having played a character with a similar background, I had an elf dad and a dwarf mom. Either works though, and I’m my opinion the more important factor is how did they get together.
    With my character, it was culturally taboo for their marriage to happen, so my character’s parents were rejected by their societies. Being adventurers though, they just shrugged and moved to another plane. And had tons of kids

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    Yeah, I was gonna go with the "parents adventured in the same party and fell in love" story. A good way for them to learn how to be an adventurer themselves since Mom and Dad can teach them!
    "Reach down into your heart and you'll find many reasons to fight. Survival. Honor. Glory. But what about those who feel it's their duty to protect the innocent? There you'll find a warrior savage enough to match any dragon, and in the end, they'll retain what the others won't. Their humanity."

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    Maybe go with them both as hippy types. Elf-Dad desperately wants to grow a beard. Dwarf-Mum's beard is magnificent. And they understand "young people want to have adventures, but really, can you try not to kill things?"
    I love playing in a party with a couple of power-gamers, it frees me up to be Elan!


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    Well, considering the other part of his backstory is "I've had recurring nightmares about fire and death since childhood and now I'm a Flames Oracle," it would make sense for Mom and Dad to try and help him find ways to calm his mind and control his powers so he doesn't hurt himself or his brothers, or acidentally burn stuff when he gets stressed...
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    Ooh! Ooh! I got it! Dwarfdad and Elfmom run a meadery together! Mead is a happy middle-ground between dwarf beer and elf wine, so Mom uses druid powers to raise happy bees and makes the honey, which Dad uses to brew the mead!

    They'd have all sorts of embarrassing pet names for each other like "queen bee" and "honey bear" and PC son goes into smithing not because it's expected of him, but out of respect for family traditions and to channel his mystical connection with fire into something positive!
    "Reach down into your heart and you'll find many reasons to fight. Survival. Honor. Glory. But what about those who feel it's their duty to protect the innocent? There you'll find a warrior savage enough to match any dragon, and in the end, they'll retain what the others won't. Their humanity."

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    Then he goes adventuring and all they do is set opponents, allies and towns on fire.
    It is not his fault being rushed by monsters stresses him and causes him to burn things against his will.

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    Reminds me of this music video:

    https://youtu.be/ShPAyOoOGPw

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    To say the obvious, a male dwarf and female elf would map with traditional gender ascribed aesthetics, leading to a more traditional seeming couple, whereas the opposite would tend to feel like a subversion of norms, wich depending on your group may be fun.

    You can always think outside the box too. Some examples:

    A lesbian dwarf couple, shunned by their bigot society, who asked an elven friend for "help" to conceive.

    A couple of soldiers from an unforgiving war, who found each other's comfort in the trenches, and now raise a child together as friends, bonded by the experience of war but not truly in romantic love for one another.

    A male dwarf blacksmith, know for being coarse and driving a hard bargain, and a female elf tailor, maker of the prettiest dresses. Pretty standart until you are invited to the home, where the dwarf is the most gracious host and the sweetest parent and husband, while the elf is rather intolerant and sits on the porch to smoke in her pipe, while the dwarf looks at her with the most loving eyes you'll ever see.
    Nothing to see here, move along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xapi View Post
    To say the obvious, a male dwarf and female elf would map with traditional gender ascribed aesthetics, leading to a more traditional seeming couple, whereas the opposite would tend to feel like a subversion of norms, wich depending on your group may be fun.
    Eh, you can put some pretty heavy gender stereotypes on male elf/female dwarf, too. Daddy Elf is tall and imposing, mommy dwarf is smaller and heavier. The father is reserved, intellectual and a bit aloof, the mother is more direct, emotional and open.
    "Après la vie - le mort, après le mort, la vie de noveau.
    Après le monde - le gris; après le gris - le monde de nouveau.
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    I've actually got a character who plays into this. Dwarf mom and elf dad, dad was part of a mercenary company that came in to hold off an infernal incursion, they hooked up in the victory celebration, and then dad left. Character (Daredin) was raised by mom in the dying dwarven settlement (closing off the infernal incursion cost them too many dwarves) and largely dislikes her elven heritage because of absentee dad who abandoned her (as she sees it). So she goes hard on being the dwarfiest dwarf to ever dwarf to make up for being freakishly tall and thin (by dwarf standards). So she's a short tempered smith who swears a lot and is damn good at her job.

    She mostly sees use as an NPC these days, where she has, with the help of the party, reopened the Soulforge of her town that was sealed away during the invasion. So now there's new blood coming in to work in this most holy forge, and she has taken a position as the head smith, one of Moradin's Soulforged. And her dad (who, after meeting mom, started questioning their path in life and has since transitioned to a second mom) has, on the recommendation of the party, started trying to establish something of a connection. It's still super awkward right now though because 50 years is a long time, even for elves and dwarves.
    I follow a general rule: better to ask and be told no than not to ask at all.

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