I have a problem. All my elves are old, with age come skill at almost anything. Elves are generally lvl 10 plus in some class but they breed slowly and every lost warrior is irreplaceable. For this reason they have a "parent" mentality towards the lesser races over constantly having to fix shit like evil rituals and avatars of darkness and stuff. Due to this thwy come of as condescending arrogant pricks. (To be fair i played them like that)
Now the problem is that my players are a mostly binary bunch, they either like or hate npc's and they tend to avoid the ones they hate.
I was going for a "dickbag that you nonetheless have to respect for his willngness to sacrifice his life for yours" kinda feel but at this point the players would gas a thousand elves to earn a few coppers so i clearly failed.
Ways to make the stereotypical dickhole elf appealing to my players? Admittance of inferiority in some regards? Hard earned respect? Attraction to burly hairy human men? Hit me here.