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So, I'm helping out a new player create a character, and this character is a High Elf. However, the player has created an abandonment arc, and I wanted to know if this would even be remotely possible or probable. I don't want to have to make the player re-do all of the work they've already done, so I was wondering if there was any way for this to work out.

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    \$\begingroup\$ What game and edition are you asking about? Please include a tag to indicate this. There are thousands of RPGs and we can't provide an answer without knowing which one the question is about. Also, why do you think this is or isn't possible? Have you read the rules? Is there something in them that you think specifically prohibits this? It's also worth mentioning that this site isn't a discussion forum. We don't handle questions strictly looking for ideas or opinions so if that is what you're after you might be better off with a forum. \$\endgroup\$ – Purple Monkey Aug 29 '19 at 0:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ I assume you are looking for a lore related answer, or some kind of precedent? Is there some particular part of the High Elf lore that makes you think this wouldn't happen? If that is what you are looking for please edit the information into your question. \$\endgroup\$ – linksassin Aug 29 '19 at 0:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to RPG.SE! Take the tour if you haven't already, and check out the help center for more guidance. Could you clarify what exactly you're asking, per the above comments? \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Aug 29 '19 at 3:18
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Elves are people too. They aren’t perfect. They can be bad parents, just like anyone else. If anything, their vaguely-chaotic tendencies might make such behavior more likely than humans, who have no such innate tendency.

Plus, abandoning a child is typically as much the result of circumstances as it is “bad parenting.” Biologically, human beings, and for this I think we can assume elves as well, have pretty strong protective instincts towards their young—those aren’t ignored lightly. And elven parents can find themselves in a bad situation where they feel forced to abandon the child, or are able to rationalize to themselves (or even be correct in thinking) that the child is better off with someone else, or what have you.

So anything that seems like a plausible situation in which human parents might abandon a child should probably be plausible for elven parents, too.

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