Here's what I can think, right of the top of my head :)

> 1. is there a specific aging table for cerilian elves? imc we've used the
> standard table (reaching maturity around 100, but age having no further
> effect) this has worked well, until the vos expansion came along and there
> was a 50-year old sidhelien regent. now if that's somewhere between eight
> and ten years old in human parlance, we have to rethink our thinking. :)
According to the Tuarhievel Player's Secrets booklet: There is an elf named
in the timeline in the start of the booklet. He appears first time about
13.000 years ago, and last he was mentioned, was when he was killled about
100-150 years ago.
From this, I would say that Birthright elves are truely immortal. They dont
age, and they dont die. My oppinion is that they merely ... mature.
Here's the way I see it: An elf age more less at the same rate as a human.
Around the age og 20 or 25 or so, he 'stops' aging. So, a 12-year old elf,
is just that 12 years old. Intellectually there is no difference between a
human of 15 years and an elf of 15 years.

> 2. is there a halfling language? common sense and the language card in the
> boxed set say yes. the rulebook says no (or rather doesn't say anything in
> its language list).
I should think they had a language, BUT as the rulebook states, they
immitate whatever race they live next to, so I would think that most
halflings only talk e.g. Anuirean.

> 3. can halflings see in the dark? they lived in the shadow world, or was
> it
> not dark at that time?
The dwarves have infravision, and the elves have nightvision, there is
nothing mention in that direction for halflings, so I would think they have
the same visual abilities as a human.
Besides, the reason the halfling left the Shadow World, was because it had
become the shadow world... Up until then it was a place of light and magic,
and then SOMETHING came along.

> 4. major resistance [magic]. this has kind of come up before, but how does
> it work? it's phrased kind of awkwardly in blood enemies. The first option
> is the way the book's phrased: you need a great bloodline, you assign a
> minor power, and you get 25%. The second option is what common sense
> dictate: bloodline strength is irrelevant, you assign a great power, and
> you get 25% (a minor level, but to a great range of effects)
> the serpent did it one way, and the magian did it the other. the minotaur
> and gorgon don't do it either :)
Can't give you an oppinion on that :(

> 5. what's up with how they assigned valid cerilian kits? some i can see as
> being inappropriate -- bladesingers and herbalists from the CBoE spring to
> mind -- but the rulebook's kits offered to druids don't really line up
> with
> the ones offered in the rjurik highlands expansion. okay, some might be
> only be appropriate for the rjuven culture, but aren't all druids rjurik
> in
> outlook if not race anyways?
According to the rulebook, kits are not appropriate at all, but I agree that
the list does not exactly show the best possibilities. My oppinion is to use
common sense. I did, and it works fine :)

> 6. how do elves and sources actually work? every elven realm handles them
> differently. lluabraight is listed as having normal source reduction (3/6
> prov) but llaeddra has access to a level 9 source in that province.
> innishiere has normal reduction and it appears that the sources are
> limited
> to that level. rhuannach, tuarhievel, and the sielwode have wierd
> province
> levels (like 3/7) etc., and finally cwmb bheinn has no source reduction at
> all, which what the rulebook tried to say.
According to the rulebook, elves are so good at building cities etc, and
keeping the land intact, so when an elf ruler increases a province rating,
he does not lower the source rating. The fact that some elven provinces
appears to follow the rules for the rating, is simply coincidents. I think.

> and now for something completely different, some pointers on the cerilian
> npc's (maybe some of these could be corrected in the 2nd-edition
> birthright.. after all, how hard can it be to qualify for a race or class
> or whatever when you get to assign abilities? :)
> -- why does it feel like half of the people in the rulebooks ignore the
> mins and maxes for their race? just about every dwarf has (a) a dexterity
> above 14, or (b) a constitution below 15, or (c) both :) darien avan has
> 18
> dex, despite being anuirean. and how'd he get his hands on elven chain +5?
> =)
PCs are exceptional for their races. NPCs are more ... normal, so a dwarf
NPC could very concievably have a constitution of, say 5? Not very likely I
know, but possible.
As for Avan's elven chain. He is one of the most powerful rulers in Anuire.
He's bound to have some contacts. Besides, maybe it is spoils of war?

> -- seems like nobody meets the requirements for dual-classing either. 15
> in
> your first prime requisites, 17 for the second class'. i'm sure there are
> some people who did it right, but i can't think of any.
See above...

> -- that guy in the roesone sourcebook dual-classed at 1st level. can't do
> that.

> -- the rulebook and book of magecraft state pretty clearly that there are
> no illusionists and diviners. caliedhe dosiere is a diviner. who's in
> error
> here? (and as long as i'm picking on him, he doesn't have the strength to
> dual-class, unless he's lost 5 points in his rigorous divining career;)
Okay, that's a tricky one... I can't give you a sensible answer, maybe TSR