Is half-orc and half-elf a possiblity? [closed]

I’m involved in a home brew where my DM has allowed me to play as a combination of half-orc and half-elf. My character has the stats of a half-orc that simply has a slightly increased lifespan and some cosmetics of an elf, but that is entirely irrelevant to my question.

I write expanded backstories for a few characters that I’ve played for the sheer joy of writing but I’d like to keep things as lore-accurate as possible for these tales. I understand that an orc’s genes are dominate in the child resulting in it simply being considered a Half-Orc for PC creation. However, this is just a story I’m writing outside of the game.

I’ve had people tell me to look back at the 1e monster manual (which I do not have) to see that orcs and elves cannot mate, but I wonder if this is just for the sake of preventing PCs being made as such.

In lore, can a male orc impregnate a female elf, or is there some genetic reason that an elf simply cannot birth the child of an orc?

Again, I don’t need anyone to tell me that as a PC, this is not a thing. I just want to understand the lore of these races as such.

Is the offspring of an elf and a half-elf an elf or a half-elf?

If an elf and a half-elf (let’s assume the elf and the half-elf’s elven parent are of the same subrace, to exclude that as an additional complication) were to have a child, would the child be an elf or a half-elf?

I can see this going either way; one argument might be that the child would be an elf because between the parents, there’s 1/4 human and 3/4 elf, but on the other hand, “the child of a half-elf is always a half-elf” is the sort of thing I wouldn’t be surprised to see somewhere.

However, I cannot find anything to support either conclusion in the PHB or XGtE or anything.

Is the offspring of an elf and a half-elf an elf or a half-elf? Is there any official lore to support one of these conclusion? I can see how different settings might have different answers to this question, so let’s make this specific to the Forgotten Realms. Since this is relevant to a 5e game, ideally the answers should come from 5e, but I’ll accept lore from previous editions, so long as it’s Forgotten Realms.

Variant Half-Elf: is this meant to be Keen Senses AND another trait?

The Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide says:

Some half-elves in Faerûn have a racial trait in place of the Skill Versatility trait. If your DM allows it, your half-elf character can forgo Skill Versatility and instead take the elf trait Keen Senses or a trait based on your elf parentage:

Emphasis mine. The traits based on parentage are things like swim speed for aquatic elves or magic for drow parents. But here’s the thing. Skill Versatility is

You gain proficiency in two skills of your choice.

while Keen Senses is

You have proficiency in the Perception skill.

Why would one ever pick Keen Senses over Skill Versatility (with Perception and another skill)? Is this a design oversight, or a typo where it’s meant to be “and”, or is there something about these traits that I’m missing?

Is there any Major Mechanical advantage of Drow Elf (full) VS Drow Half-Elf?

Looking at racial features, half-elf Drow seem to have all the “best” features of full drow, with none of the downsides.

Past the “Drow weapon training” is there any major befit to a full Drow Elf over the Half-Elf Drow?

The Full Drow Elf racial features are:

Keen Senses, Fey Ancestry & Trance, Plus:

Ability Score Increase:

Your Dexterity score increases by 2 & Charisma score increases by 1.

Superior Darkvision:

Your darkvision has a radius of 120 feet.

Sun Light Sensitivity:

You have disadvantage on attack rolls and on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight when you, the target of your attack, or whatever you are trying to perceive is in direct sunlight.

Drow Magic:

You know the dancing lights cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the faerie fire spell once per day. When you reach 5th level, you can also cast the darkness spell once per day. Charisma is your spell casting ability for these spells.

Drow Weapon Training:

You have proficiency with rapiers, shortswords, and hand crossbows.

A Half-Elf Drow racial features are:

Fey Ancestry, Plus:

Ability Score Increase:

Your Charisma score increases by 2, and two other ability scores of your choice increase by 1.

Darkvision:

Your darkvision has a radius of 60 feet.

Drow Magic:

You know the dancing lights cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the faerie fire spell once per day. When you reach 5th level, you can also cast the darkness spell once per day. Charisma is your spell casting ability for these spells.

What does an Aquatic Half-Elf Variant mean?

Though I know this has been addressed somewhat here, here, and here, I am still getting a little confused on what a half-elf variant is, and how to consider this.

I understand that the main source of confusion comes from DnDBeyond:

Some half-elves in Faerûn have a racial trait in place of the Skill Versatility trait. If your DM allows it, your half-elf character can forgo Skill Versatility and instead take the elf trait Keen Senses or a trait-based on your elf parentage:

where the subsection ends with a colon pulled out of Swords of the Coast (p. 116):

HALF-ELF VARIANTS
Some half-elves in Faerûn have a racial trait in place of the Skill Versatility trait. If your DM allows it, your half-elf character can forgo Skill Versatility and instead take the elf trait Keen Senses or a trait based on your elf parentage:

  • A half-elf of wood elf descent can choose the wood elf’s Elf Weapon Training, Fleet of Foot, or Mask of the Wild.
  • A half-elf of moon elf or sun elf descent can choose the high elf’s Elf Weapon Training or Cantrip.
  • A half-elf of drow descent can choose the drow’s Drow Magic.
  • A half-elf of aquatic heritage can choose a swimming speed of 30 feet.

But, for me, that raised the question of what an Aquatic Elf is in the first place (thanks again to DnD Beyond linking to the same place or to the Elf page). So with a bit of research, I found Unearthed Arcana (2004) that talks about Sea Elfs and Aquatic Half-Elf, but there, it said that it was a union of an Aquatic-Elf and Aquatic-Human and gave much more attributes (such as dim vision, Bonus Language and Amphibian Trait).

So now I am completely confused about what’s going on and would like a little clarity on:

  • Do Aquatic Half-Elves need two aquatic parents?
  • What do Aquatic Half-Elves look like?
    • Does it change if one or both parents are aquatic?
  • Can a Land-Human Sea-Elf child have the amphibian trait?
  • If a Half-Elf foregoes Skill Versatility, do they also forgo the chance to Feat Prodige?

How many bardic performances extra does a Half-elf gain?

I am new to Pathfinder and want to make sure I am reading these effects correctly. So a bard gets a number of bardic performances per day as listed here:

He can use this ability for a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + his Charisma modifier. At each level after 1st a bard can use bardic performance for 2 additional rounds per day

As a half-elf with bard as my favored class, I should also get the following at each level up:

Add +1 to the bard’s total number of bardic performance rounds per day.

If I am reading this correctly, that means I get 4+CHA mod + 1 at 1st level, then an additional 3 at each level thereafter. This just seems like a large change since it is a 50% increase in how many I get each level so I am worried I made a mistake somewhere.

How many proficiencies and languages does a noble half-elf Knowledge Domain cleric start with?

I’m starting a new character sheet for a noble half-elf cleric (Knowledge Domain), and I’m just wondering about proficiencies and languages.

How many things would I be proficient in, and how many languages would I know? Also, when it comes to the proficiency bonus, is that also applied to the skills I am proficient in?

I’m not super new to the game but character sheets are always where I get confused.