In DA2, Fenris says ‘elves cant grow beards’, and since you cant PUT a beard on an elf in character creation, that seems to be true
and in DA3, someone comments (blackwall?) that ‘ive never seen an elf with a beard’ and Solas laughs and says ‘you must not have met many elves’
Solas has apparently been awake for only about a year, right? And he has avoided people, so he probably hasn’t seen THAT many elves in this time, right?
Fenris has LONG ears, pointed sort of downish/flattish and this AGGRESSIVELY elfy profile and HUGE eyes
Merril has all those same features too! huge eyes, (less extreme but still) elfy profile, long flattish/downish ears.
So im thinking
Upturned, rounder ears
VASTLY different profile
A little taller than most elves we meet??
The ability to grow a beard, apparently????
Are we thinking that elves have kind of…. not ‘evolved’, but… since they have been second (or third) class citizens, living in alienages almost exclusively and very small, exclusive clans… are they like… super inbred?
In Game One, City Elf Warden is about to get married to a guy she’s never met, from an entirely different city, and people comment that this is an UNUSUALLY good deal. There is a lady that yells at you saying that she is married to a shitty guy from town and pretty much the warden only go a good match because her dad is friends with the Elder Elf.
so like… either this tradition has sprung up SPECIFICALLY to try to lessen the inbreeding, OR it has always been around and you are marrying people exclusively based on money, without much notice to who are too close to be breeding.
and we’ve seen three dalish clans in these games and only in game one does it look to be more than 20 people, i mean… where is the pool they are choosing from. There are very few dalish clans around, clearly, and they only meet up for special events, no one is keeping track of anything.
a BIG part of solas’ entire character in the game is to tell you that he, an ancient elf, from when elves were immortal and powerful, HATES new elves, doesnt see them as ‘real’ elves, doesnt view them as people with agency, doesnt even view them as the same species
e flier attributes just got more and more intense over time, which made humans more and more hateful to them
Edit: a few people have said this is victim blaming, it isnt intended that way. The last line is intended as ‘circumstance has unfairly made things worse for them’ not remotely ‘these idiot elves brought this on themselves’. this post is me LIKING elves and wondering if solas is hating on modern day elves for their looks rather than for their loss of culture. they have big eyes, a slight change in the shape of the ears, and are shorter, this isnt like… extreme. Its not a weird thing to happen after 2000 years when humans dwarves and elves are all physically able to have kids.
Edit 2: Lots of people have said that elves could have beards in game 1, and that the writers said solas’ line in game 3 is noncanon and that elves cant grow beards, so i guess anything physical about elves is inconsistent and reading anythign into anything is just headcanons and not worth attaching any significance to, which is fair