+1 to this, but also...muneshige wrote:Again, I think you are still underestimating how much is biological. I could certainly see moving more quietly or hiding better as being something with biological or cultural roots that need not be the results of decades of training.
After all, Halflings start off much younger than Elves and they are much better at hiding and moving silently. When I conceptualized a more PC-balanced Goblin, I gave them the same abilities as well as one that allowed them to survive out in the middle of the wild better than humans because well.. I figured if they didn't have those abilities, they wouldn't have survived for even the 10 years or so it takes them to become an adult.
Resistance to spells strikes me as necessarily biological... If it wasn't then everyone could learn the Elven spell resistance.
Again, the only abilities I see on the Elf that seem necessarily part of special training are the sword and bow... and I am not even sure about the bow because if they live primarily by game-hunting, they have legitimate reason to learn to use a bow from the time they are old enough to walk. But... as a race that is not heavily strict and militarized in regards to the upbringing of children nor is at constant war with others, it is odd for them to be universally trained in weapons.
Elves (and other demi- and non-humans) grow and mature at a different rate from humans. Consider the Elf is considered Mature at 500, while a human at 35. That means elves, in comparison age at 7% the rate of a human in their early years, and at a lower rate as they continue to age.. Thus a 20 year old elf would be the equivalent of of a human at 15 months. At 100 years old, they are the human equivalent of a 7 year old. Consider that a human fighter might begin his adventuring career as early as 16, that is the elven equivalent of 228. This could be even older if you add another age category like young adult, in which case they would age at a slower rate, maybe around 8-9% as a child, then 7% as a young adult, 5% from Mature - Old, an 4.5% from Old - Venerable.