If someone is writing a story that involves a character who is "elven" in appearance, they can go through and describe them, but due to common use in so many areas, the author pretty much gets a free ride when it comes to educating the readers on what the characters physical appearances are. Specifically, if you ask a bunch of people how elven folk look different from humans, a good number are going to say something to the effect of "pointy ears". What if your character has unique features like that, but is not an elf, dwarf, or other "common" fantasy species? How often do you need to remind your readers that your character's species only has 4 fingers on each hand? It's not exactly a crucial detail, unless your story is about how they learn to play piano or something, but it's still something that sets them apart from others. Due to my experience with MMORPG's, virtual worlds, and good old table top D&D, I have some favorites I like to work with. "Neko" are definitely my #1 (human form, with cat ears and cat tail), but there are other variants of the human form that I have tinkered with. So how often do you insert bits and pieces to remind someone that the character they are reading about is not 100% generic human? Is it even worth it to *try* and write this sort of character for a wider audience?