Silver Elf Culture
Way of Life for the Elves of the Below
Culture and cultural heritage
BeliefsAll 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.
FamilyFor 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. Silver Elf 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. Silver Elf 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.
Gender RolesSilver Elf 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 & OwnershipProperty 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 & InsultsIn 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 ArtsFood 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.
Stalactite WineStalactite Wine 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 MushroomsKáto 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.
Common Customs, traditions and rituals
Clothing & TextilesWhile clothing is an important part of ceremonies and daily life for the Silver Elves, it is something they pay little attention to in terms of creation. Most, if not all, clothing that can be found in Silver Elf cities is imported from the surface. It is seen as a wasteful endeavor to create clothing, but armor does not fall within this mindset.
ArmorDue to the somewhat vengeful nature of the Silver Elves and constant hunting that occurs, armor is an important part of life in Káto. Certain entities within Silver Elf cities, to include Gem Dwarves, Dwarves, and others, create armor, but unless something specific is needed, most prefer armor created by Silver Elves. This armor is often created from Black Chitin to a house's specifications.
ImportsClothing is one of the most heavily import items in Silver Elf cities. Silver Elves have a love for silks and other expensive materials to show wealth and power. Many of these items could not be easily made in Káto even if the Silver Elves had an interest in doing so, and as such are imported from across the world. Oftentimes, these items are in more muted colors, to include blacks, purples, and dark reds, but some Silver Elves are not opposed to bright colors.
Holidays & MythsA culture of tradition, holidays are extremely important to the Silver Elves as they are often celebrations of the goddess or a family's history. Many of their holidays are seen as rather morbid, their myths being similar in nature, but Káto does not lend itself to happy stories.
Day of the DeadThe Day of the Dead is a day where Silver Elves pay respects to those that have passed. On the last day of Winter's Evening, Silver Elves spend time contemplating the passing of loved ones and writing the Promise of Night, a letter that is meant to aid in moving forward from one's death.
HarrowingThe Harrowing is an old myth of the Lost Paths, one that fills many in Silver Elf cities with deep superstition. On this day, it is said that a castle appears somewhere along the Lost Paths that lures people in, only for them to never escape. No one has ever lived to tell whether the myth is true, but Silver Elves take the myth rather seriously and tend to not travel on the days of the Harrowing.