Since the creation of the setting, the elves of Monvesia have been a sexual other. Though there was an elf character in the first campaign, his player merely played him as a sexual addict and predator. A valid interpretation of the race, particularly for a faun among humans, but not the ideal representation. The magnitude of elfish sexuality and gender always hung at the back of my mind, undeveloped beyond cohorts and mentorships. By exploring the nature of half-elves in Monvesia, the following was developed.Gender is a cultural concept related to physical sex, but not bound to it. Layered within gender are separate concepts of gender identity/expression and gender role [keep in mind, I am over-simplifying]. Among the humans of Monvesia, issues concerning sex and gender are comparable to the same in modern society. These issues repeat in pretty much the same way among dwarves, gnomes, rakasta, and goliaths--where cultural norms are basically the same with minor variation. Among elves, however, there is greater variation.
The elves of Monvesia are have a more striking sexual dimorphism than other races in the world--males (fauns) and females (nymph) have drastic physical differences beyond their sexual organs. Because of this, the race has somewhat rigid gender roles--and the two sexes even live in their own communities. A third sex (lares) also lives among the other two, with far more muted features than their exotic counterparts. Until puberty, however, these differences are virtually irrelevant--for prepubescent elves have no physical sex. They have no distinguishable sexual organs or secondary characteristics. Juvenile elves just look like rounder, squatter versions of their mothers ... without flowers or leaves in their hair.