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Valen
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Posted - 06 Feb 2019 :  18:26:50  Show Profile Send Valen a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
If the product of a union between two elven sub races( sun elf/ moon elf for example ) is either one or the other and not a combination of the two heritages, would the offspring take the surname of the parent whose sub race they are?

Hoondatha
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Posted - 06 Feb 2019 :  22:41:03  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That would be one option. It depends on a lot of factors.

* Did one elf marry into the other elf's family or clan?
* Does one elf have a famous/important lineage and the other doesn't?
* Is one elf significantly higher status than the other? (i.e. a temple matriarch marrying a vagabond)
* Which elf is actually raising the child? (i.e. single parents would probably give their own surname)
* What does the child want to do, once they get old enough to make an informed choice?

There are a lot of reasons an elf would have one surname or another.

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Barastir
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Posted - 07 Feb 2019 :  11:36:37  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Considering there are clans which belonged to one subrace in the past that now belong to another subrace (comparing 2e Cormanthyr and Evermeet), I think it is not obligatory.

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