In game mechanics
Elves will follow standard Pathfinder rules as detailed in this link.
Social difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆ - Elves are celebrated for their grace and beauty which offers a tremendous boon in dealing with the races of Ayn. Although slightly xenophobic and mistrusting, elves make good company and have reaped the benefits of being acceptable in the eyes of most. It is not uncommon for elves to be spoken fondly of or even fetishized.
One of the original two guardians of the planet, elves are the oldest race of humanoids, tied only with the orcs
. They were designed, initially, to tend to the fauna and flora of the land, and thus hold a deep connection with nature with many often reverent. However, not all are woodland dwelling creatures, with many capable of integrating almost seamlessly into civil society, and some outliers even pursuing potentially damaging, to the environment, careers such as wood harvesting or machine crafting. It may have something to do with their ability to empathize with not simply beasts of the land, but other humanoids.
Another trait to their favor is their world renown beauty. Although beauty is truly subjective and some may dislike the grace and elegance of an elf, their general lack of natural blemishes and high metabolism grant them favor in the eyes of many. Their youth is retained as they age, granting them an almost immortal aesthetic as they move through the ages with poise, only showing signs of their years in the later parts of their life. Their voice is likened to a melody, as most elves are soft spoken and thoughtful in their speech.
In part due to their long lives and also their kindred spirit with nature, they are quite comfortable with their bodies and will wear clothes to accentuate their form, from tight leathers made to not restrict their bounding leaps, to high fashion dresses meant for socialites, their clothing arrangements are geared aesthetically first, and then functionality second. An elven seamstress may spend decades crafting a dress with ornate trimming and accouterments to make an ensemble just right, but considering their long lives, this is not unreasonable.
Their most recognizable, physical feature is of course their elongated ears, which can grow to varying lengths and points. Often a boon, helping them to hear, it is not uncommon for a faint twitch to occur when picking up sound. These ears are slightly more sensitive the further up, purposefully so for picking up the ebb and flow of faint wind currents, but is not crushingly so. A cut ear suffers pain akin to a knicked toe.
A final, aesthetic key feature is their lithe and nimble forms. While perfectly capable of developing musculature, elves are hardly paragons of the 'stout' body archetype. This, of course, is necessary for creatures meant to navigate tree tops or tangled forestscapes.
Elves maintain a standard humanoid appearance with two arms and legs, a head, and a torso. The only physical trait that would set them apart would be their elongated ears.
Adulthood for an elf is 110 years of age, yet they retain their youthful looks nearly into their elder years, only showing signs of age around 340 years old. Their maximum lifespan is 425 years, but natural death is expected to occur around 380-400.
Although elves can be seen in any society willing to accept them, they feel most at home around green, warm nature such as forests and meadows. Here they will treat nature as its own sentient entity, granting it respect and reverence.
An elven diet is notoriously light, often fish for meat and berries, nuts, or other fruit and vegetables. elven wine is often a tasty, fruity beverage that, while containing alcohol, is meant more for consumption and not simply intoxication.
Elven names are often meant to sound melodic and can sometimes be complex. Surnames are meant to act as a second verse to the 'song' that is a name. It is a good surname if it flows smoothly from the first name. A family intent on having children and passing down their surname will often fashion the child's first name to compliment their last. These last names can be chosen upon marriage, or many will take the woman's surname assuming it fits their own.
Male: Turandyr, Mallanas, Evelaindil
Female: Selarania, Kyvaria, Delarianna
Surname: Elysiannadel, Onnatelaste, Ciallalah
It is generally frowned upon to desecrate nature in some fashion.
Elves are naturally predisposed to dislike orcs
and their allies, often viewing them as brutish, lacking culture, and generally agents of destruction. While it is possible for an elf to foster a friendship, or even relationship, with an orcs
, often their fellow kin will ostracize them for entertaining such a 'savage creature'.
Elves are also generally standoffish to dwarves
on the basis of their disregard to woodland nature, and generally consumptive habits. Rare individuals can even find dwarves inferior due to their short stature and inability to run for long distances.
Elves tend to favor humans
, though are primarily curious to their ways and ability to adapt. Mutually beneficial alliances have often fostered favorable interactions between the two, except in the case of the Sasoyan Elf
, which has a soured history.
They also share an intense bond with florians
, which they created, as well as pleaded with Birchum - God of Nature
to breathe life into ( More can be found on this here.