Way of Life for the Fair Folk
Culture and cultural heritage
BeliefsAll races in Isekai have a set of beliefs that they consider their law. Elves see their law as one of nature that does not bend or waver.
- All animals have are to be respected, even when hunted there shall be no cruel treatment of any creature.
- Orcs have no place in any Elven settlement, they are never to be allowed past any border.
- Káto is dangerous, new entrances are to be safeguarded and shrouded with powerful magic to avoid discovery from either side when encountered.
- Outsiders are cautiously welcomed.
FamilyFamily is important to the Elves as oftentimes magical prowess is determined by lineage. Certain family names in the Elven Kingdom bring with them great power and renowned, even outside of the family's originating area. Even the names Ylyndar and Llanowen, from the Northern Outposts and the Spine of Kallex respectively, hold a great deal of noteriety in Alfensil. Depending upon which part of the Elven Kingdom one is from, a family may be called a clan or house. In these families, elders and their knowledge are seen as integral to the family's identity, meaning that the keeping of histories and oral traditions are a large part of this culture. Elves do not take family to the same extremes that the Silver Elves do, as those without well-known names can still create a place for themselves, but connections to powerful or noble families are rather helpful in this society.
Property & OwnershipProperty and ownership are fairly simple in Elven society. Individuals, families, and organizations are all allowed to own property with no restrictions except for no one is able to own a plot of land. A family or person may own a house or a building, but land in the Elven Forest is treated as a collective property, one owned by all Elves. If one wants to construct a building that may possibly harm the forest in any way, permission must first be granted by the Elven King.
Taboos & InsultsNothing is considered taboo to the Elves as they often fully embrace their fey heritage. While they are wary of outsiders, they do not believe in censoring themselves in any way, often speaking in ways and truths that make other races uncomfortable. The greatest insult to an Elf is to insult their long ears.
Elven Culinary ArtsFeasts, festivals, and celebrations have become a large part of Elven culture and so too has elaborate food and drink. Each area of the Elven Kingdom has its own culinary specialties, but there are two specialties that all Elves partake in.
Elven WineElven Wine is a specialty drink of the Elves. Throughout the year, the flavor of this wine varies as only berries found in the Elven Forest that are in season are used to make this wine. It is said the flavor can very from a very sweet and smooth taste like a nice jam to something tart and more savory like a fruit tart.
Artisanal BreadAnother specialty of the Elves is their Artisanal Bread. Using wheat harvested in the Outlands, a variety of breads are baked throughout the Elven Kingdom using different ingredients and methods as well as a variety of decoration styles. Most markets in the kingdom feature at least one or two stalls dedicated specifically to bread.
Common Customs, traditions and rituals
Clothing & TextilesClothing is a form of expression, one that can easily be manipulated through color and cut, depth and type. Elves often invest a great deal of time, effort, and money into their appearance, even those that live outside of the high society that can be found within Alfensil. It is something that is easily individualized and a rampant trade within the Elven Kingdom.
Capes & TunicsCapes and tunics are the most common of Elven clothing as these items are often rather simple to decorate and customize. Capes are a marker of high society or wealth, dependant upon the color, but also have practical uses while traveling. Tunics are often made of simple cloths in a variety of colors but are one of the few garments made that can stand the test of time and durability that is the Elven lifestyle.
Artificial SilksSilk is a common material used for clothing throughout the Elven Kingdom, but a large majority of the silk used is artificially created. Researchers at the Unending Scroll have created a variety of artificial silks that are stronger and more resilient to tears and other flaws. This sustainably sourced material allows all Elves access to this luxury material.
History & TraditionAs long-lived as the Elves are, history and tradition are things that come in close-knit pairs. It is difficult to have one without the other, to a point that the preservation of history throughout the Elven Kingdom has become an important tradition that all participate in. Historical societies and others strive to preserve whatever history they can while honoring the traditions that have become an integral part of their culture.
Elven Historic CouncilThe Elven Historic Council is the main source of historic preservation and conservation in the Elven Kingdom. This group relies heavily on the training and knowledge of Archivists and Librarians to preserve the grand history of the Elves in the Unending Scroll. Through joint efforts with groups across the Elven Forest, a great deal of history and tradition has been preserved and survived the Eldritch War.
QurilionQurilion is one of many holidays celebrated by the Elves, but it is by far the largest celebration that is had for any holiday. Various groups throughout the Elven Forest celebrate this day differently, but all choose to celebrate the solstice and send prayers to Lycana and the other deities these groups worship.
The Elder RacesThe Elves were the first of the Elder Races to walk the land of Isekai, being placed there by the goddess Lycana. This origin and being tied so closely to the earliest races of the world is an integral part of Elves' identity as a race and culture. In many ways, this place in the world is seen like that of an older sibling, one that is there to teach and help. Elves take this role very seriously, often sharing what they have and teaching those races they consider children.
The Elder Races are the three most prominent creatures that inhabit the physical realm. These races are known as humanoid in nature and each of them has a connection to magic and to the gods that can be traced back to their creation stories.