Table of Contents
- 1. Brief History
- 2. Positives & Negatives
- 3. Lifespan
- 4. Appearance
- 5. Living Habitat
- 6. Food & Sleeping Requirements
- 7. Culture
- 8. Racial Relations
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1. Brief History
It is said that elves were all once of a singular type. They worked together and achieved great things until one day they decided that they were greater than the gods. It was then, legends say, that the gods divided them, seperating the elves into various types with different relationships with each other and different abilities. From the singular elf race came forth the Yerk or Wood Elf, the Ascia or Spirit Elf, the Rover or Plains Elf, and the Dweller or Dark Elf. While some of these elven subtypes will work together, there remains a deeply ingrained prejudice for any elf that is not of their own kind.
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2. Positives & Negatives
The strengths and weaknesses of the elf can vary depending on the type of elf you play as.
2a. Wood Elf Positives and Negatives
Wood elves are excellent hunters bearing keen eyesight that allows them to see a mile away under good conditions, and keen hearing that allows them to hear the slightest whisper. Their disadvantages are more related to their customs and behavior. Wood Elves suffer from extreme xenophobia. Because of this, wood elves do not make great travel companions. Their stubbornness and prejudices will lead them to their death if they travel with any of another race. Wood elves can start with a small mammal pet.
2b. Spirit Elf Positives and Negatives
Spirit Elves are able to lose physical form and travel like spirits among the veil. This allows the spirit elf to go into places that others could not and to be able to escape certain death more easily than others. In spirit form, they can only be harmed by magic or energy weapons, with physical weapons only dealing a quarter of the damage to them. Given this, Spirit Elves make great rogues and mages.
However losing one's body, even if only temporary, comes with its own penalties. It is taxing on the spirit elf to maintain a connection with the physical realm while in spirit form. Should they lose this connection, they would lose themselves and no longer exist among the living. Many believe that a large amount of hauntings could simply be spirit elves who have gotten themselves trapped in the veil. Another problem for the spirit elf is that they cannot bring or keep on them any physical thing, be it weapons, armor, packs, or even clothes, if those things are not magically enchanted and bear the same connection to their runic element. This could make playing as a spirit elf very challenging. The player would need to hope for a lot of money or very good friends.
2c. Plains Elf Positives and Negatives
Plains Elves are excellent hunters bearing keen eye sight that allows them to see a mile away under good conditions, and keen hearing that allows them to hear the slightest whisper. Plains elves also have a good sense of smell. By using their sense of smell, and knowing the difference between smells, they are able to ‘sniff-out’ what is coming, out to ‘sniff-out’ their prey. Plains elves get along good with other elves, besides wood and dark elves, as well as frontier humans. They however dislike oddities and dark races.
2d. Dark Elf Positives and Negatives
Dark elves are a fearful group. They are also highly industrious and can adapt to situations with a great ease. However Dark elves are despised by many and distrusted by all.
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Elves have three stages of life. The first stage, childhood, last from birth until 14. During this stage the young elf grows and develops its many skills needed for survival, though just a tad slower at developing than a human. The young elf stays at home during this stage.
The second stage, becomance, last from 15 until 25. During this stage the elf leaves his parents and lives with relatives. This is their adolescence, when they develop into young men or women.
The final stage, adulthood, last from 26 until death. During this stage the elf must first become accepted into the elfin culture, which varies from tribe to tribe, and then is allowed to live on his or her own. It is also during this stage that an elf may find a spouse. According to elfish law, the female must persuade her love to court her. After which it is up to the male to marry her. Elves never seem to change much during their adult hood until they reach around 350 to 400 years old. Then they begin to age quickly and look elderly. Death comes naturally and expectantly to the elves.
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Wood elves are tall and skinny. Their skin is lightly tanned, and have ears that measure to be about 3” long. Their hair color is either blond or brown, and eye color is green.
Spirit elves are slightly shorter than humans. They have ears that are 2" long that stick out horizontally instead of at an angle like other elves, pale and slender faces, and pointed noses. Spirit elves tend to keep their hair long, and it comes in shades of gray, white, silver, or steel blue. Spirit elf eyes are very cat-like in appearance and are gray.
Plains elves are tall and skinny. Their skin is tanned and slightly red, and have ears that measure to be about 2” long. Their hair color is black, and eye color is brown.
Dark elves are tall and skinny. Their skin is a dark shade of brown, and have ears that measure to be about 2-3” long. Their hair color is usually white, and eye color is many shades of red, brown, and black.
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5. Living Habitat
Wood elves live in forests and woodland areas and it is uncommon for a wood elf to travel.
Spirit elves tend to seclude themselves from the outside world. Instead they typically live in mountain ravines, caves, or in small shacks atop steep mountain peeks. Those that travel do their best to not draw attention to themselves.
Plains elves are nomadic and can be found roaming the plains of Nor’Ova. It is common to see a plains elf travel.
Dark elves can be found in dark alleyways, large cities, and the darkest parts of the forests. It is common to see a dark elf travel.
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6. Food & Sleeping Requirements
Elves require 3 meals a day consisting of fruits, vegetables, fungus, small fowl and woodland creature, and water. They must sleep a full night’s cycle every night or suffer from fatigue.
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7a. Wood Elf Culture
Wood Elves typically keep to themselves and have the mentality of tribe over family, self, or nation. Most wood elf settlements are single clan settlements. They are also very fundamental with their believes. Wood elves celebrate the changes of the seasons, personal victories, birthdays, and tribal celebrations.
Wood Elves do not use last names. Instead, when referring to themselves, they will often give you their first name followed by “son of” and their father's name. First names typically reflect nature in some way or form.
7b. Spirit Elf Culture
Spirit elves are very spiritual and secretive. Often used to being blamed for crimes they'd never think of comitting, they tend to keep to themselves. Spirit elves don't tend to worship gods orgoddesses. Instead, they respect them, and honor spirits while worshiping the very power of magic and spiritual energy. Spirit elf shamans often hold retreats for spiritual cleansings and spirit elves often take part in seances. Spirit elves are also one of the only elf type that will and do give surnames, using surnames as a way to honor and give worship to their departed ancestors.
7c. Plains Elf Culture
Plains elves are very nomadic. They celebrate the hunt and life itself but usually do not stay in one place to long. Because they are always on the move their celebrations if they have them are short but meaningful.
Plains Elves do not use last names. Instead, when referring to themselves, they will often give you their first name followed by “son of” and their father's name. First names typically reflect nature in some way or form.
7d. Dark Elf Culture
Dark Elves by their very nature can be a treacherous lot, more ready to kill you when your back is turned than to embrace you as a friend or ally. This is often true even when dealing with their own kind and even their own family. Because of this Dark Elf societies usually involve a powerful matriarch who has established themselves via power, threat, and exaggeration. However these societies can change hands often. Dark Elves do not celebrate much as they are always scheming and preparing for unknown plans. Most dark elves are monotheistic choosing to worship the dark god Zodo.
Dark Elves take pride in family names and use them for their surnames, however being a matriarchal society, family names often follow from the mother's side instead of the father's. The only time this is not the case is if the father had developed a fame and reputation far exceeding that of the mother or mother's family, which is very rare. First names that are given are meant to sound intimidating and powerful.
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8. Racial Relations
8a. Wood Elf Racial Relations
Wood Elves suffer from severe xenophobia, but notably their xenophobia is not as bad as that of their spirit elf brothers. For this reason, wood elves only get along with other elf races except the dark elf, frontier humans whom they view as being elf-like, beast men and anthropoids for their similar love of nature, and races of lore.
8b. Spirit Elf Racial Relations
Spirit elves suffer from forms of paranoia which causes them great difficulty in dealing with other races other than elves and faes. They are the only elf type that will get along with dark elves, simply because of their spiritual beliefs. In fact, if they could get past their paranoia, they'd easily get along with anyone regardless of race. They just have to learn to trust that person first, and trust from a spirit elf is hard to obtain.
8c. Plains Elf Racial Relations
Plains Elves get along well with most other elves except the dark elf and the spirit elf. They have a hatred for the dark elf but just a general distrust for the spirit elf. They get along great with the frontier human considering them almost kin, and get along OK with humans. Their relationships with talusians and deztunians really depends upon the individual and they are highly distrustful of the xodian. No elf, especially plains elves, can get along with any dwarf. Their relationships with the beast men and anthropoids is similar to their relationships with humans. They are leery of the races of lore, especially the fae. They usually steer clear of reptilian races and yeti.
8d. Dark Elf Racial Relations
Dark elves do not get along well with other races, even those that are similar to them or have the same beliefs. Dark elves even rarely get along with one another. They choose not to, desiring power for themselves over anyone else at all costs, not caring who likes them and who hates them.
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