Elves often considered themselves the wisest, most intelligent and the oldest species of Efinia. However, it isn't completely true. In reality, Elves were created at the same time as Dwarves.
The elven homeland is situated on the western and northern shores of the Trei Bay, the biggest bay in the world separated from the Long Sea by the Elven Towers. The oldest elven city is Thelerion. Today it is the capital of the Treian Empire, the most powerful elven country.
Elves are humanoid, which means that they walk in an upright position on two legs and have a pair of hands free to manipulate objects. The characteristic feature of the Elves is long pointy ears.
Genetics and Reproduction
Elves reproduce sexually and give birth to live young. A female Elf's body goes through a monthly menstrual cycle. It last for about 28-30 days. The woman is most fertile between the 10th and 13th day of the cycle. On the 14th day ovulation occurs and an egg is released. If fertilization doesn't occur the egg dies. A female elf's pregnancy lasts for nine months.
Growth Rate & Stages
An Elf's childhood last for about 10 years after their birth. During that time they are under the care of their parents and generally live a carefree life. During that time parents teach them speaking, writing, basic mathematics and social skills. At the age of 10 an elven child goes to school where they learn more complex subjects.
Adolescence and Puberty
It is generally considered that an Elf becomes a teenager when they go to school at the age of 10. However, biologically they start to mature at the age of 14. Elves are fully mature biologically at the age of 20.
Elves are encouraged to leave their parents' house, find a job and start an independent life right after school. Many of them choose to continue their studies at universities for about 3-5 years. Then they start a job. This stage lasts to the end of an Elf life.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Elves are omnivores with a preference for plant food. They also regularly eat animal products such as cheese, milk and eggs. Elves eat meat only for special occasions such as holidays.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Elves live in almost the whole world. Their homeland is the continent of Antas, but they founded colonies in Efin many years ago.
Elves believe that they are the wisest and most intelligent species in Efinia. This is partially true. Elves tend on average to be more intelligent than most other species, but the difference isn't as big as they let you to believe.
Civilization and Culture
Treian Empire is the most powerful elven country in the world. Most of its territory is around the Trei Bay and has colonies in the southern Efin.
The first Elves appeared in the world about 8000 years ago around the Trei Bay. Legends say that Dagda, the creator of Elves, appeared between the Elven Towers and through her powers over life and death she quickend the evolution of elven ancestors.
Founding of Thelerion
The founding of Thelerion was an important milestone in the elven history. This was when Elves started the transition to a sedentary lifestyle. Thelerion became a template for most future elven cities, especially those around the Trei Bay.
Contact with Antasan Dwarves
About 300 years after the founding of Thelerion an elven expedition to the mountains in the west met with the Dwarves..
Since the beginning of their existence Elves have been eager to explore the world. While moving north they encountered other groups of Elves. There were Wood Elves who kept the pre-urban lifestyle and lived in forests. In the northernmost regions there was a group which Treian Elves called Northern Elves.
Colonials (Treian Elves living in the eastern colonies)
Elves are leaner than other species. Their bodies are generally thinner, but it doesn't mean that Elves are weak. Elves can be stronger than most other species. Probably only some Dwarves are stronger.