A bad match is when two elves who were not on each other's match list get married. The matchmakers give a hundred options per packet, so not choosing one of them may make your child not as "genetically pure" as they could be if you were to marry someone who was a match in your matchmaking packet.
Matchmaking Process Edit
The Elves take a questionnaire to determine which elves are suited together for marriage. The matchmakers work to make sure elves with different talents and physical features end up together. After all of the factors are taken into consideration the matchmakers release a list of 100 names. There are five different lists that can be released, going from Top Tier, Second Contenders, Third Considerations, Fourth Runners-Up, and to Final Alternatives.
Bad Match Qualifications Edit
If an elf marries another elf without their name being on the list it is considered a 'bad match'. A bad match is when certain elves are classified incompatible by the matchmakers. This happens because they are in the same gene pool, or just because one of the elves is Talentless.
Known Bad Matches Edit
- Kesler and Juline
- Brant and Jolie (Engaged, but never officially married)
- Timkin Heks and Vika Heks (Unconfirmed, but it's rumored one of their relatives fixed their lists.)
Treatment of Bad Matches Edit
Being a bad match often causes emotional distress. Since usually one of the members of a bad match is Talentless, people tend to treat them as lesser, such as seen with the Dizznees. People like Timkin, Vika, and Stina Heks often mock Dex's parents. However, many other elves feel that bad matched pairs are lesser, which causes social inequality. With the case of Kesler and Juline, their 'friends' started to avoid them and Juline was afraid to have children in case being a bad match affected them. Some elves think that if a couple that is a bad match has kids, they will have some disabilities or be Talentless.
- Sophie Foster, due to her upbringing, does not see a bad match as anything socially unacceptable. Instead, she feels upset on behalf of her bad-matched friends, such as Kesler and Juline, for all the scorn they receive.
- Timkin and Vika Heks may or may not be a bad match. According to Marella, Timkin has a brother-in-law working in the Matchmaking Office who rigged the results. Since Timkin is Talentless, unlike Vika, this could be true.