I have played over 100 hours of Skyrim. So far, I've only made two characters, a Nord woman and a male High Elf.

I know that race definitely affects stats, but does their gender or size affect anything besides dialogue?

There is a perk that changes the prices you get from a salesperson of the opposite gender, but I cannot think of anything else. I read somewhere that the size of mobs affects their power, so I was wondering if the same would apply to your avatar.

Also, does character appearance affect game play? I mean would attractiveness or certain facial features added, like facial hair, scars, etc. affect anything?

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    Appearance of what specifically? Your gender definitely affects your character's appearance
    – JonK
    Commented Nov 21, 2015 at 15:48
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    I don't think so. You are a blank slate. I don't think there are even specific spiecist events if you play a lizard, or a foul elf. Skyrim for the Nords! And I think (not sure) you can also just marry any gender you want. (from the options) (yep: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/172127/… ) So for a game that talks a lot about racism, and spiecism, there is not much of that you can actually experience first hand.
    – Ids
    Commented Nov 21, 2015 at 16:25
  • @Ids yeah that's why i assume the answer no, but i wanted to be sure :P Commented Nov 21, 2015 at 16:30
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    I can't recall any situations in which is was really relevant. But I have not finished all of Skyrim.
    – Ids
    Commented Nov 21, 2015 at 16:31
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    Related: What are all the gender/racial perks? Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 6:02

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Being a female doesn't directly give you more bonuses than being a male (they get the same perks); however, there are more male shopkeepers and enemies, so females tend to get more use out of perks that affect the opposite gender. Speed is a function of height, so being a female over a male will not increase speed. Other than that, appearances have no direct impact on game play besides dialogue.


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