Yes and the Sage Advice too, as it didn't say no to the question of wether the elf and the halfling could try to hid ewhile observed.Here's the ingame situation I have in mind: it is snowing; a wood elf is standing in the snow, being observed by a human (let's say they're even conversing); and then the player of the wood elf (be that player or GM) declares "I am going to try and hide from the human."
Is that action declaration permissible per se? Does it automatically fail, because the elf is under observation?
My sense of this discussion is that Plaguescarred, @Maxperson, @Harzel, @Uller, and probably one or two others I've left out, thing the answer is "Yes, it is permissible per se; and does not automatically fail, and permits the player of the elf to make a DEX check to remain unseen and unheard."
Nothing blow in the observer's face when an elf, halfling or Skulker feat user hide while they can be seen. All of them require something to conceal them, even partially, so the observer will loose track of them behind or into the source of concealment and stop being informed by its sense (sight, noise smell etc) of it's location.My question is - what happens, in the ficion, to constitute the attempt to hide? The human can already see the elf through the snow - what changes so that the human can no longer do this? Does the snow get heavier? Does it suddenly blow into the human's face, briefly blinding him/her? It's all very well to say that the elf "blinks out of the radar", but how? Why? What has happened, in the fiction, to bring this result about?
The DM can describe in the fiction how mechanically someone observed suddenly become unseen, unheard and it's location unknown in any way it feels right for it, if it want to explain it more as supernatural or simply camouflage the important is that the elf blend in it's surrounding as the observer loose track of him.Plaguescarred, if you think the answer is camouflage, what is happening in the fiction at the moment the action is declared, such that the non-camouflaged elf suddenly becomes camouflaged? (The reason I thought of chameleon-like camouflage is because that seemed the most obvious answer I could think of.)[FONT=Helvetica Neue, Segoe UI, Helvetica, Arial, Lucida Grande, sans-serif] [/FONT]Can the elf, in effect, use a supernatural ability at will while in the snow?
Same for an halfling or Skulker feat user.