Although the Elves as a race are in decline, they created a lasting legacy that will forever mark Erenel. Drawn to their mystery and beauty, some Human wanderers give themselves to a homestead in the hope of gaining "enlightenment," a ritual performed to change willing Humans into being more Elf-like.
Elves typically keep to themselves out of shame or stubbornness for their past transgressions. However, humans are an adaptable and curious race. Many of which seek out Elf homesteads in the hope of gaining enlightenment from the time before the Era of Inner Flame (EoIF). These humans are "enlightened" from a distinct rune etched on their back or shoulder during the infamous Ritual of Iswa and become Elf-Like. Humans who successfully complete the Ritual of Iswa are known as Nolimon. Their bodies become more graceful and elegant. Their ears lengthen, and they began to feel a natural affinity to the Bond similar to Elves, though not as prominent.
Nolimon tend to be of sturdier build than Elves but more slender than most Human with the same range of skin complexions. Nolimon typically share eye and hair colors with their former human ethnicity and can grow more prominent facial hair. Their ears are tapered but not as long as a normal Elf.
Genetics and Reproduction
When a Nolimon reproduces with another Nolimon, Human or Elf, the child will always take the mother's race. Nolimon are born following a 9-month pregnancy, although it is rare since most Nolimon choose not to mate with other Nolimon. They believe it is an important gift to choose to perform a Ritual of Iswa rather than inheriting "enlightenment."
Civilization and Culture
Nolimon will either retain their previous Human first name or replace it with an Elf naming tradition. However, they will no longer keep a formal last name, instead choosing an "elder" name. Elder names tend to draw inspiration from the society who helped perform the Ritual of Iswa.
Elder Names: Aloro, Dalanthan, Liadon, Selevarun, Yaeldrist