@RpiesSPIES said in Make CAST Hover Dash a basic option:
Thing to note, Neumans aren't typical 'elves.' Think of them as more cocky humans.
Newmans have officially been space elves since Online practically reversed their characteristics.
Algolian Newmans were more like Gurhalian Beasts. Nei (the first newman ever) had fewer techniques total and worse technique power than 7 of the 8 human characters with the only exception functionally being an android (now CAST) before those existed in the series. Rika was forced into a light healer role because the other three fixed party members in IV were your typical sword fighter, attacking mage and an android, but there was a reason Raja (an actually technique-capable healer) was considered the de facto best optional party member.
No Algolian newman them had any offensive techniques period. Fast forward to Online where most of them were Forces and needed levelling up several times just to hold a basic Saber, techniques was all they could do, and Episode II didn't add any (it added two humans and an android) because newmans already counted for two Force classes and making another newman Hunter or a newman Ranger was apparently unthinkable at the time.
Fast forward to Universe and newmans (along with their spiritual-power planet Neudaiz) are credited with the invention and series debut of space bow and arrows, which were essentially scuffed rifles that only got buffed into being a credible ranged weapon type when their racial connection was switched over to deumans in PSO2 (and coincidentally rethemed from "elf" to "samurai"), thereby ending newmans' short-lived association with any ranged capabilities. Universe is the only post-Algol game to associate newmans with their old signature weapon (claws) and didn't give them any bonuses with them. Both PSO2 and NGS ditched claws entirely, the first in the main series to do so, ending newmans' most longstanding association with melee capabilities too.
Oh and let's not forget the ears. They were all vertical in Algol. The horizontal-ears "look at me, I'm an elf" look didn't exist until Online, where it was all of the Force types. Universe allowed both as a setting which defaulted to horizontal, and Online 2 allows changing the angle but getting them vertical is quite tricky now. Vertical ears really only really remains an option with any mention because neither PSO2 nor NGS could let go of referencing Sue.
TLDR Newmans are space elves now and have been for some time.