Elves

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Elves are a long-lived folk found most commonly in forests, shrublands, and other wildernesses. From time to time the elves have organized strong nations, though with far less frequency than men and dwarves, in some cases adopting even a nomadic lifestyle. Almost all elves worship the Seldarine, otherwise known as the elven pantheon, and the elves are generally, though not always, good in nature.

Born under the stars before the ascension of the Moon and the Sun, they retain a special love for light and an inner spirit endowed with unique gifts. Fair and fine-featured, brilliant and proud, ancient and strong, tall and agile, they are the most blessed of the peoples of Valeria.

Despite their attunement to nature, the Elves once ruled long, long ago atop floating citadels. Hubs of creation and magic where wild experimentation flourished, and peace and tranquillity were second nature. It has been nearly 10,000 years since then and now the floating cities have all but vanished or fallen from the skies forever trapping the Elves to the ground. Deep in the hearts of Elf Lords and elders is a desire to once more take to the skies and claim that which was their birthright.

Subraces of Elves:

Elves have over time slowly adapted to their life on the Earth. The First Elves, also known as the True Elves, were the great folk who lived in the sky. Since then Elves have evolved into several different forms, though are still considered True Elves. There are the High Elves, the Wood Elves, the Aquatic Elves, and entirely unknown to the Surface World the Dark Elves also referred to as Drow.

High Elves:

The High Elves are the closest to their ancient ancestors and have the purest bloodlines. They have slowly divided into two peoples; the Sun Elves and the Moon Elves. The Sun Elves are the purest of blood with Moon Elves just ever so slightly below them.

High Elven societies can only be found in their homeland of L’istolyn. There, they have divided themselves up into many Houses led by a Dol tel’Nosse and are ruled by the High Elven Court and their Taurntari (trans. “High Queen”) Technically the Taurntari rules over all the Elves of Valeria, but over the last 1,500 years, the High Elves have become more reserved and concerned with themselves having suffered great losses in The Cataclysm.

High Elves have extremely elitest ways (with the Sun Elves being much more ridiculous in this sense than the Moon Elves). High Elves are haughty and arrogant finding themselves superior to all other folk (with Sun Elves being superior to Moon Elves).

Sun Elves have gold or bronze-colored skin and hair most often of copper, golden blond, and black, with red more uncommon but not unheard of. Sun Elves typically have green eyes, though golden or purple ones are also common, often with a liquid appearance, and silver, black, hazel, or copper hues have also been heard of. Sun Elves make a point to wear flawless white robes that glow with an intense brilliance – another way to show dominance over the lesser folk.

Moon Elves generally have either very pale skin, often with an icy blue hue ranging to a deep blue skin. Moon Elf hair is commonly black, blue, or silvery white, although human-like colors are heard of as well, though very rare. Moon elf eyes are also very commonly green, although some are blue as well. Almost all Moon Elves exhibit a characteristic best described as golden flecks speckled through the iris. Like Sun Elves, Moon Elves decorate themselves in jewelry and finery of all sort, but find joy in all manner of colors of fabric and jewelry, unlike the Sun Elves.

Wood Elves:

Wood Elves have strayed from the pure blood of their ancestors and embraced the Earth and its many bounties. For that, they have become lesser to the High Elves and act as servants, soldiers, craftspeople, and common folk in High Elven societies. A High Elf mating with a Wood Elf is looked down upon much like a princess if she were to wed a commoner.

Wood Elves have become the most populous of the elven races and have many of their own societies throughout the land seeing themselves as folk alongside the other peoples of Valeria, unlike the High Elves. Wood Elves generally keep to themselves and protect Nature and the lands they live in as Rangers and Druids, seeing themselves as guardians of these sacred places. Despite their desire to watch and maintain their homes, many are known to adventure the lands and achieve great feats.

Wood elves are easily identifiable by their coppery skin and green, brown, or hazel eyes. Wood elven hair is usually black or brown, although hues such as blond or copper red were also found. Wood elves tend to dress in simple clothes with few bold colors and a greater number of earth tones that blend into their natural surroundings. Due to their great amount of time spent in the Wilds, Wood Elves are highly accustomed to a harsh, naturalistic lifestyle. Wood elves are often stronger than other True Elves but are frequently less cerebral than Moon and Sun Elves, who put a greater value on education and magical research.

Aquatic Elves:

Also called Sea Elves or Ocean Elves. When their great cities fell from the skies and the Elves were grounded on the Earth forever, many of the Elves were so fascinated with the Oceans and Seas of Valeria that they chose to make them their home. They now live amid the waves and the ocean depths and protect the life below the waters.

Although they are of the same subrace, aquatic elves from the oceans have a different appearance to those from the seas. The former have deep green skin, mottled and striped with brown. The latter have blue skin with white strips and patches. Both groups are robust and tall with long limbs, and long, thickly webbed digits. Their hair is usually thick and somewhat stringy, and can be blue, black silver or even occasionally red. The most unusual feature is the gills visible on their necks and over their ribs.

Sea elves are either lightly clad or wear no clothes at all having little need for them. Their clothes are formed from underwater plants, in blacks, browns and greens. Warriors clip their hair, but other sea elves wear it long and flowing.

Aquatic Elves are practically forgotten or entirely ignored by the land-dwelling folk, including their Elven cousins. Very little is known of the Aquatic Elves and their societies, religions, or other ways of life. Men might mistake them for Mermaids, and many scholars believe that they actually no longer exist and evolved into the Triton or Merfolk.

Dark Elves:

When the great elven kingdoms of old fell from the sky, there were a number of Elves who turned scornful to their gods and cursed their names. Unable to cope with the new life they were forced to live, these elves turned to Lloth and the other outcast Seldarine in the Demonweb Pits who gave them powerful magic and fiendish allies as a reward for allegiance. After many malicious acts and abuses of elven magic to shape their own kingdoms on the Earth, Corellon Larethian grew furious and banished the “Dhaerow” (traitors) whom Lolth used to be responsible for (and most of whom still secretly worshiped her) to the plane of the Underdark transforming the Dark Elves into Drow.

Shortly after their banishment, Corellon Larethian demanded that the remaining Elves immediately begin to erase the Dark Elves from all written history and abolish their foul creations. The Dark Elves were then soon forgotten by the other folk of Valeria, and eventually, it was only the oldest and wisest of the True Elves who remembered the existence of the Dark Elves whom they referred to as the Drow.

But this is just a myth, whispered in private chambers of High Elven Lords. Surely the Dark Elves do not truly exist.