Originally Posted by Storm-Winterwolf
Not as a child. What you have at 40-60 is an Elven teenager (I'm so sorry... XD) or a young Elven adult.
I've played, over the course of the last two years, two Elves in their 50s (one just turned 54 two days ago; the other is currently 51.) Elven majority is 50, so I basically have two 'young adults', who, due to the war, have grown up a little faster than might have been intended.
Additionally, I play a 19-year-old Elf... she's much more the 'elfling'; the happy and cheerful, wants to be just like her hero from history Finrod, playful and more or less care-free (except that she realizes that sometimes her Mommy and Daddy are awful upset about bad people). [Mirkwood Elves on assignment in Ered Luin.] Because Elven children are rare during times of unrest, I have tried to scale back some of the happiness factor. (This also includes, while in chat channels, making :0 faces at naughty words and threatening to tell her Nana about certain phrases, usually leading to lots of apologies from other gamers and the occasional cookie bribe.) In RP, another part of it is a 'no talking to strangers' rule -- the typical 'child' behaviours.
There is also someone in the kin that I'm in who plays a 6-year-old Elf; instead of using an Elf for the character, she used a hobbit. She pretty much plays the character purely as a child -- asks 'why' a lot, has a bedtime, can't go anywhere without parents or a guardian, etc etc.
I think some things about role playing child characters are universal; with Elves, it's just to think about adjustments on age. I have head-->desked a few times when an Elf reportedly in their 20s from their bio trots on over to chat about how they're getting married next week.
Most of all, though, have fun -- it's a game. ^_^
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