Once the most widespread and influential race in Erenel, Elves are a race full of beauty and grace, created by the Architect in the likeness of his children Asanna and Luniwyn. Now, they are a secluded people that face the backlash of their ancestors’ choices following the Great Sacrifice.
To be an Elf in the Era of Inner Flame (EoIF) is to live as an offshoot of a once greater people. Faced with the stigma of Vyse Tyranal’s betrayal, many Elven civilizations keep to themselves, where human expansion has not yet reached. Made in the image of Al’Madoon and his daughters Asanna and Luniwyn, the Elves were once a people chosen by the Architect. As creatures of magic, they take naturally to tethering the bond and universally feel strong ties to both Erenel and the Trance. Unlike the other races of Erenel, Elves don’t sleep. Instead, for a few hours each night, they enter a meditative state, during which they remain semiconscious as their mind “floats” in the Trance and connects with Al’Madoon in his subconscious state. True Elves who have not been twisted into devils by Vyse Tyranal also enter this meditative state.
Like the four seasons of Erenel, Elves also live their life in four phases – spring, summer, autumn and winter. An Elf only postpones their needed sleep with meditation and must enter an extended dormant state during which they undergo maturation. An Elf forms into a chrysalis in their dormant state as their body forms a hard exoskeleton covering. This process subjects them to the dangers of the world and its inhabitants. It is not uncommon for an Elf to die during their transitional period before wakening. After 1 year, the Elf emerges and begins their next phase until their death at the end of their winter phase. The first phase of an Elves life is the spring state, full of childlike wonder and curiosity. This phase lasts from birth until the Elf turns 100. The second phase sees an Elf become an adult as they enter their summer state. While in their summer phase, an Elf is at their athletic peak but often suffers from temperament issues. A summer phase generally lasts until the Elf reaches 250 years of age. Entering autumn, their third phase, an Elf begins to feel their body slow. Now wise with experience, an Elf in their autumn phase is believed to be the most intelligent of the four stages. Autumn lasts until the Elf turns 400. The final phase and end of an Elves life is the Winter phase. Here, age finally sets upon the Elf as they live out the remainder of their lives to around the 500-year mark.
Easily recognizable by their physical beauty and pointed ears, Elves are tall and lean, weighing 100 to 160 pounds and can stand over 6 feet. Males Elves are only marginally heavier and taller than females. They typically have light or no facial hair and little body hair to accompany their sharp features. After transitioning from spring to summer, an Elf emerges with horns or antlers dependent on their ethnicity but often overlapping in style. Lunar Elves grow curling horns similar to a ram or antelope. Solar Elves often grow antlers in likeness to an elk or moose. Because of their fallen bloodline, True Elf horns are more chaotic in shape and tall like a gazelle. True Elves who have left the horrors of the Below often file down their horns to show their disdain for Vyse Tyranal.
Civilization and Culture
An Elf is considered a child until they enter their summer phase. During their first century on Erenel, they are given a one syllable child's name. After emerging from chrysalis into their summer phase, an Elves name is extended and more responsibilities awarded.Children Name Examples: Ael, Cael, Cy, Gael, Nim, Sai
Adulthood Names: Aelwynn Caelador, Cyennal, Gaelindann, Nim'eral, Saiveliss