To most that live outside of Káto
, the culture of the Silver Elves
can be seen as somewhat archaic and confusing. Most Silver Elf
cities and families fall under the traditional gender roles of the race, creating powerful sorceresses and weapons masters. This structure works well for this matriarchal society that worships the Huntress
as they believe it to be their task from the goddess to rid the Below
of its horrors.
also do not believe in a unified kingdom, but prefer to have scattered city-states throughout Káto
due to the chaotic nature of their homeland and this arrangement allowing them to better fulfill their task for the goddess.
All races in Isekai have a set of beliefs that they consider their law. Silver Elves
see their law as a divine right, one that is not to be ignored.
- Darkness is to be feared, to be loved, and to be used as a weapon against all that defy the Silver Elves. Those that wish to pass through our lands with the mark of Darkness must receive it through trial.
- Eldritch abominations and their worshippers will find their place in the grave, in the deepest reaches of Káto if necessary.
- Strength and skill are respected and second only to the judgment of a Matron Mother, two Matrons that disagree shall engage and solve their disputes in whatever way they see fit.
- The word of a Silver Elf is sacred, those that would disgrace themselves with a lie incur a life debt, and those that lie and it results in the loss of life shall forfeit their own.
These beliefs drive the Silver Elves
and their way of life as they try to survive the bleakness that is Káto
. Very few Silver Elves
harbor different beliefs as these are ingrained in them from the time they are children.
For Silver Elves
, their family and the Matron
of their house are the most important thing to them. Their names bring power and give them the ability to move freely through certain areas. To be cast from one’s house without joining another is seen as a grave punishment as it marks one as a traitor or outcast. A Silver Elf
without a house or one seen as a Third Son
is considered a grievous offense and one that should be erased.
families are called houses and are complex structures. Each house has a ruling family, one that is the origin of the name for that house. That being said, a house can have hundreds or thousands of members as the Matron Mother
of a house may recruit others to serve in the military for that house or to perform other duties. Those birthed by the matron are considered to be royalty in the house and will fill extremely important roles within that house.
Houses are matriarchal, being led by a woman that is known as a Matron Mother
. Oftentimes, this woman is the oldest of the house, but other women can be chosen to fill the place if others are deemed unfit. Matron Mothers
tend to rule their houses with iron fists, asking obedience and loyalty from those that are in her house. Usually, this means from her children, but men that are weapons masters may be traded between the houses to create stronger children.
Houses often have very structured gender roles, although some houses are seen as more progressive and have moved away from this very traditional structure. As the society is matriarchal, women are seen as more powerful and the ones that have the potential to be great leaders. Women are given their power by the goddess, this blessing seemingly a mark of their superiority. It is assumed that women of a house will become sorceresses or priestesses, those well-versed in magic and the ways of the goddess.
Men tend to be seen as nearly second-class citizens in Silver Elf
cities. Houses that follow the more traditional gender roles believe that only two men are required in the ruling family of each house, one to serve as weapons master and the other as a powerful book-learned spellcaster. Any sons born after the first two may be banished or given to another house as they are seen as unnecessary. In more progressive houses, all sons are kept and are free to learn whatever skills they see fit to aid their house.
Property & Ownership
Property is owned by the house that a Silver Elf
is a part of, not by an individual. Unless one is part of the immediate family of the house, very rarely will one have any possessions that are considered their own. The ruling family will often have their own weapons, books, and other items, but only if allowed by the Matron
Taboos & Insults
In most traditional Silver Elf
Houses, the biggest taboo is being labeled as a Third Son
or a traitor. These people are promptly erased from any record in the house as they are seen as a blight to the reputation of the house. These people and many other topics are forbidden to speak of in Silver Elf
society, but there are really no strict rules on what is forbidden.
The greatest insult to a Silver Elf
is to name them as a liar or coward in public.
Silver Elf Culinary Arts
Food is not necessarily an important part of Silver Elf
culture like it is in other cultures, but that does not mean that they lack specialties when it comes to the culinary arts. These foodstuffs can only be created with ingredients found in Káto
and cooked to the specifications of the Silver Elves
is a specialty drink of the Silver Elves
. Made from purified water that falls from the stalactites of the caverns of Káto
and a special subterranean berry, this wine is a drink known to be as heady and potent as the ales and whiskeys that come from the Great Furnaces
and the Cradle of Clay
. Sacred ceremonies are not held without this wine as it is seen as a necessity and a gift from the goddess.
Káto Wild Mushrooms
wild mushrooms are a delicacy of Kato as they are often rare and hard to find. Tucked in twisted tunnels and deep caves, only Silver Elves
partake in these mushrooms as very few others frequent the tunnels where they can be found. Some cities cultivate patches of these mushrooms in areas miles away from their walls so that they may enjoy this delicacy on special occasions.