I would like to see a remake of Elves into something more alien and wilder than Tolkien Elves. In my pHarn, I have remade them to be more like the Celtic Sidhe. As far as they are not of this world, they have their own motivations, be wary of dealing with them. Otherwise I am trying to make them unique. Yeah I borrow, but at least it is not Tolkien Elves like everyone else.
In that vein, I would like to see some better rules for making Dwarven / Elven characters. By current rules, these races feel kind of human.
That's something I've tried to show in my campaign. Neither the Sindarin nor the Khuzdul are human, and there should always be some question about just how they will react and what their motivations are. The Sindar aren't blond human hunters; their motives revolve around plans that may well be centuries in the making. Similarly, the Khuzdul aren't chubby human miners -- they build things for a level of permanence that must seem like eternity to humans. Both species look at things from a different perspective than humans, a viewpoint that has to sometimes seem outright alien. Looking at it from the other end, a human who is fully comfortable with long exposure to EITHER species is either uncomfortable around his own people or he isn't recognizing the true outlooks of either of these alien species.
Both are in something of the position of apex predators around humans. (Endangered species, if you want to make the comparison a bit closer.) No matter how much you may think you've made friends with a lion or a badger, don't ever let your guard down around one. They are never
domesticated, but for reasons of their own they may submit to being around you for awhile. As soon as you starting thinking they're just furry humans, you'll get a shocking reminder that that one's a lion, and the other one's a badger.
With the Sindar or the Khuzdul, the shock is likely to be intellectual or emotional rather than deadly, but no less disturbing.
You just can't
ever know exactly what they're up to. Safer to keep some distance and be cautious.
Sorry, no threadjack intended. Good line, sir. Bravo.