Quick Question: Elven Weapon Bonuses
Noticed this in both versions of BGEE (Beamdog's and Steam's):
I rolled a mage/thief elf with proficiencies in longsword and shortbow. However, when I view my character's THACO in the character sheet, is says I have a base THACO of 20 and an adjusted THACO of 19, even though I receive a -1 bonus from proficiency and (I assumed) another -1 from being elven.
Is this a gameplay mechanic, so elves don't get abused? I can imagine giving a pure elven mage a longsword to wield (Xan?), but that -1 elven proficiency would probably only lessen the negative effect of not being proficiently skilled.
Your thoughts? SHOULD elven and skillful proficiency be cumulative? I don't have the original BG for reference.