Whatever ethnicity they hail from, all elves are fae creatures often adorned with pale, wood-coloured skin and long, slender faces. An Elf's most notable and widespread feature would most likely be their pointed ears, commonly dressed with rings and other jewelry. Most elves stand slightly higher than the average human, however almost never being any taller than 7 feet. They tend to have slender, agile bodies which allow them to be fast on their feet. It is rare to find an elf that focuses on their strength rather than their speed, as their bodies are naturally adjusted to such maneuverability.
Elves are magical beings that seem to be more in tune with the nature of Ateon, often tapping into the mana of the world. Elves have high resistances to various types of diseases and the usual complications of old age. However, they are not immortal and can still be killed. Elven children in are rare in Templehelm and, as such their births are celebrated and cherished. Elves tend to be mentally well-developed and can amass knowledge easier than other races due to their longevity and fast minds. Advanced problem-solving, strategy, mathematics and so forth are little burdens for Elves. However, as they are not physically durable compared to other races, elves are often forced to rely on speed and quick thinking to see themselves through.
Elves are a numerous peoples, and populate many places on Ateon. There are five distinct Elvish ethnicities in the known world.
- A race of Elves from the northern continent of fallen Divia, unlike their cousins they are shorter and stronger but not as fast or swift. They are made mostly of Warriors using thin blades and light armor. They are very secluded and not very trusting of outsiders. Very few still remain in the world after Divia was scourged by the Black Blood Order, a group of humans who live to see the death of elves and other higher races.
- Divian Elves are an outlier in the common stereotype that elves are lithe acrobats. They are shorter than their cousins, with lean to muscular body types that complement more up-front swordsmanship than the acrobatics of Silvan rangers.
- A history of hardships dwindled the population of Divian elves. The Black Blood Order went to extreme measures to destroy them, even recruiting a lycanthrope from the Hini Tel'Mordraug, a community of elven lycanthropes.
- Divian lore states Elves were brought into existence by Tila the Divian, Goddess of the Forest.
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- Dark of skin, demeanor, and history, some parts of the world refer to Drow as "Dark Elves," "Black Elves," and "Night Elves". Few end up in Templehelm, but those that do tend not to be too sociable.
- Drow are dark and mysterious in appearance and nature. They are known by many around the world as thieves, warriors, conjurers, and downright shady individuals, but that is not the same in Templehelm. The few Drow that have come to Templehelm do not try to make a scene, nor do they act explicitly antagonistic.
- Their skin varies in hues and shades between black, grey, and blue. They often had fair hair, but some Drow, such as Dirus Nightshade, had black hair.
- Rarely encountered and aloof, arguably the most skilled in the arcane arts, some of them are even arcane inventors.
- They selectively breed for beauty, and high elves in various places may conform to common beauty standards with this practice. For example, farther north, they may look towards fair skin and blue eyes, but near the equator they make look towards tanned skin and brown eyes. They generally conform to styles of high fashion and nobility.
- High Elves that bother to be a part of human affairs often settle themselves in cosmopolitan cities and places renowned for knowledge, such as Temple City in The Free Land, or Tursh'kan which lies on the Setlian Coast of the Orci Desert.
- A very common race of elves, famed for their skilled archers and affinity with nature. Most live in woodlands, as obvious by the title "Sylvan" or "Silvan," which means 'of the forest.' They are very quick and agile and less wise and more inclined to being dangerous. They are the most widespread of Elves, and most common to have affairs, relations, and kinships with humans and other species.
- So common as to be simply referred to as Elves, THE Elves, Elves in general. The general stereotype for elvenkind.
- They are as diverse as humans are, but all tend to lithe frames and druid/ranger aesthetics.
- They don't usually look exceptionally different from humans, other than their pointed ears and long-lasting youthfulness.
- Named for their complexion, culture, and secretive nature, their true name is unknown, and are rumoured to not even have a name for themselves. Emeraldite Scholars made use of the riddle "Húmari", a word born of a misconception centered around the words "Whom are we?"
- Note, these are not actual elves.
- In ancient times, the Emeraldite settlers met the natives of Templehelm , and thought them to be Elves of a sort.
- One of the factors for the name "Dark Elf" is the skin of surface tribes. Their skin is tanned with a desaturated undertone, and those who don't see much sunlight tend to have paler skin that looks somewhat grey.
- They also were so reclusive as to isolate their communities in hidden places with hidden paths of travel between them.
- When compared to any true Elf, it can be seen that their ears are not as sharp and not as pronounced.
Elves and the Outlands
Ever since the fall of Divia, few lands seem to be dominated by Elves. Elvish populations in wider Ateon generally rest in the greater settlements which ring the Setlian Sea or in the many kingdoms of The Great East. Drow are more common in the southern kingdoms of that region, High Elves are focused almost entirely in the Setlian coastal settlements, and Sylvan Elves are evenly dispersed among most all lands that elves can be found. Of all the common peoples, Sylvan Elves are the only ones to have been able to survive, and even thrive, in the endless jungle of the Arcai Forest.
Elves and Templehelm
When the Emeraldites sailed across the Setlian, Elven trade ships found themselves intermixed with the great fleet. These are the roots of the Elven population in Templehelm. Furthermore, when Emeraldites first settled Templehelm, they thought the aboriginal inhabitants to be Elves of a sort. This does not seem to be wholly true, but the general populace does not care and often think of the natives as Dark Elves of a sort. In fact, most people make it a point to refer to them by the wrong names when possible.
The Elven population in Templehelm is mostly that of Sylvan Elves, but is still a recognizable minority. High Elves have been known to study in the cities of the land, Drow often live solitary lives, and Sylvan Elves are known to intermix with humans and birth half-elven children. Many human families in Templehelm are able to say they have at least one Sylvan Elf in their family tree.
A tribe of Sylvan and Half-Elven people was once found in the village Reausa, led by their Chief Tanthalas a Thyvorian ranger.
- Olwe the Ever-knowing, a High Elf of Thyvor
- Faeryn, a Drow Elf blacksmith.