As I've discussed in earlier posts, my conception of elves is less about Tolkien and much more about the horrible fairies that scared the Medieval mind. One problem is that I feel like I'm running into is that Elves are becoming too alien to be viable player characters. While, as my source fiction will quickly attest, I'm not a fine of characters being champions of Truth, Justice, and the Waterdhavian Way, I'm also not a big fan of letting players play things that should rightfully be monsters. In the World, monsters aren't just people with Star Trek makeup. They are terrible creatures with inhuman and inscrutable goals who seek to unmake reality and plunge all creation into darkness.
Why am I talking about monster PCs in my discussion of Elves? Because as outlined so far in my thoughts, Elves might as well be monsters. I've even hinted that one of the spooky beings on my little sandbox map may in all likelihood be an Elf. If Elves are sinister, capricious, and alien, they not only are dangerous to humans, but also difficult to represent for the player. At this point handing an Elf to one of my players would be a "you can be an asshat now" licence. I don't like that.
I see three ways out. The first, and least palatable to me, is to drastically change my conception of Elves. I think that what little following and interest I have received -- and thank all of you for that -- has been due to the rather dark take I have on traditional fantasy. Sanitizing Elves would be both against my natural inclinations and against what makes Nightwick unique in the fist place. My second option is to say that such accusations are not but peasant superstition. While an easy answer, I think it has similar problems to the fist. Finally, I could steal a page from Raggi's book and state that the Elves who are PCs are only those Elves that are exceptional, i.e. don't want to unmake human society for shits and giggles.
I'm still thinking on this, and it may be a long time before I do a quasi-in setting post on Elves.