The Elven Kingdom
is a vast territory that encompasses large swathes of forest that can vary from border to border. A single king rarely is able to rule over such a large territory, one that is incredibly varied and home to not only different groups of Elves
but others that have found solace in the boughs of the oldest trees in the world. The fringes of the territory are very different from the interior, causing factions to form under the banner of the Elven Kingdom
to rule their people in the fairest way possible.
The Outlands is by far the largest separate faction under the banner of the Elven Kingdom
. This group encompasses all land around the fringes of the Elven Forest
except for those along the northern border. Those living in these areas are tasked with protecting and cultivating wildlife and the Aelinor Oaks
that make up the greatest number of trees in the forest. Led by their own council, the Outlanders
of the area have a great number of freedoms to live lives removed from the pomp and circumstance that often defines the lives of those near the capital.
Those that live in the Outlands choose lives far removed from the magic that is common amongst Elves
for simpler lives of hunting and living off the land. Instead of large cities, one will find small villages scattered throughout the Outlands that are led by a single family and a matriarch. Depending on the time of year, these villages may move or change, so the Outlands are as fluid as the forest.
The Outlander Culture
is centered on stewardship without magic, hard work over centuries to keep the forest thriving. It is not to be said that those elsewhere in the Elven Forest
are lazy and do not care about their homeland, but the Outlanders
take more time to listen to the trees and the creatures, learning the cycles that Lycana
had defined in nature. Instead of steeping themselves in sorcery, these people find the divine in nature, creating spiritual connections between themselves and the goddesses Lycana
and the Huntress
Demographics & Territory
While the overall population of the Elven Kingdom
may be diverse, the population of the Outlands is not. The largest majority, about 90%, of the population is Emerald Elves
, and other Elves
each make up 3% and the final 1% of the population is Avians
. Other people may pass through the Outlands, but due to the way of life, few people tend to stay and make these areas their home.
Much of the population of the Outlands is transient and will move throughout the year as the seasons and migration patterns of the wildlife change. It is common to see a village at one location during the summer months and find the same village much farther south during the winter months. While location changes, the names of villages do not so that travelers that understand the ways of the Outlanders
can easily find specific villages.
The Outlands is comprised of the heavily forested areas surrounding the Elven Kingdom's
borders where the trees are younger and the magic is not as strong. These trees are perfect for harvesting to build various things throughout the Kingdom and are often used as an export to bring wealth and other trade goods to the Outlands. Furs, meats, and other items that are gathered from the forest or created by the Outlanders
are also common as trade exports and bring a great deal of wealth and recognition of craftsmanship to the Elves
The boundaries of the Outlands are not permanent as they often change over the course of millennia as the Elven Forest
grows and changes. Most Elves
recognize the forest near the borders as the Outlands, except along the northern border, which is part of the Northern Outposts
. The boundary between the Outlands and the Deep Forest
is not completely known, but as the trees grow older, the further one gets from the Outlands.
is by far the largest section of the Bauxatehn
, but it is not a formalized force. This brigade specializes in guerilla warfare and long-range tactics, utilizing the skills they’ve gained from hunting throughout the Elven Forest
The Outlands is protected by one of the branches of the Bauxatehn
known as the Allanar
. This group specializes in guerilla warfare and long-range tactics that work well with the terrain and the way of life that is prevalent in the Outlands. This brigade reports to the Huntsmen Elders
, the ruling council of the Outlands, and exists mostly for times of war, although the Allanar
have been called upon for a variety of other missions including fire fighting, conservation efforts, and other jobs that fulfill the mission of stewardship that is part of the Outlander Culture
. Nearly all that live in the Outlands are part of the Allanar
as all, men and women, are trained as Fighters
so that they can survive on their own.
Training for the Allanar
is far more lax than in other parts of the Bauxatehn
as life in the Outlands is seen as training enough. The use of long-range weapons, including bows and spears, is very common as these are standard hunting weapons. Competitions against those in the Ayvelon
, the Spine of Kallex
brigade, happen frequently so that both forces can practice their skills and learn new techniques from each other due to their informal nature.
While most Elves
are untrusting of outsiders, the Emerald Elves
of the Outlands are more so. In centuries past, outsiders have often entered the Elven Forest
unannounced and scavenged for materials that were not given freely. Orcs
, and others were known for chopping down large amounts of trees or lighting fires that would spread through the younger trees, often doing great harm to the forest.
In most cases, these people prefer to trade and communicate amongst themselves, even going as far as to ignore those from the Deep Forest
or the Elderwood
that do not understand their way of life. Overall, the Emerald Elves
of the Outlands do not dislike others, including other Elves
, but tend to only offer respect to those that understand the hardships and stewardship that is an integral part of life in the Elven Forest