Civilization and Culture
HATCHLING AND HUNTER NAMES Elves have two names during their lives. The first one is received from their parents when they are born, is their "hatchling name". The second name is chosen by the elf after he or she passes its first century of life, and undergoes an special ritual. This is known as the "hunter name". It should be noted that elves reach adulthood before they pass their "Hunting Dream", so many elves carry their hatchling names while being adults, and they can wait up to 80, 100 or even 150 years until their wise men and wise women allow them to undergo the "Hunting Dream". Hatchling names are genderless, and represent bird sounds. On the other hand, adult names have male and female gender, but sometimes they don't match with the biological sex of the elf. Sometimes, elves that are born male choose female names after their Hunting Dream, and viceversa. And their decissions are always respected in the clans. How is the ritual of the Hunting Dream done is not know, and it is said that changes from one clan of elves to other. But, however the ritual is done, it is known that it consists of various days of intense drug-induced allucinations and coma-like dreams, that allow the elves to reach one secret part of the Great Dream, where they "find themselves". That's why they come back from their dreams with a name in their minds. Sample Hatchling names: Buu, Chirpi, Graaj, Heew, Hoot, Hoot-Hoot, Jaye, Jaye-Jaye, Kaa, Kaak, Kraa, Kuaka, Neetoo, Pek, Pek-Pek, Uul, Uut, Yeet Sample male Hunter names: Akulei (He-Who-Looks-Up), Anoki (He-Who-Acts) Apenimoni (He-Who-Is-Worthy-Of-Trust), Bemossedi (He-Who-Walks), Bodawai (He-Who-Makes-Fire), Chesmui (He-Who-Is-Witty), Delsini (He-Who-Is-So), Demoti (He-Who-Talks-While-Walking), Dichali (He-Who-Speaks-A-Lot), Elani (He-Who-Is-Friendly), Ezhnoi (He-Who-Is-Solitary), Gosheveni (He-Who-Leaps-Greatly), Guyapi (He-Who-Is-Candid), Hahneei (He-Who-Begs), Igashoi (He-Who-Wanders), Illanipi (He-Who-Is-Amazing), Inteusi (He-Who-Has-No-Shame), Kagai (He-Who-Is-Chronicler), Kajikai (He-Who-Walks-Without-Sound), Langundoi (He-Who-Is-Peaceful), Maskai (He-Who-Is-Strong), Milapi (He-Who-Is-Charitable), Mojagi (He-Who-Is-Never-Silent), Nawati (He-Who-Is-Left-Handed), Nayati (He-Who-Wrestles), Nigani (He-Who-Is-Ahead), Ohankoi (He-Who-Is-Reckless), Pallatoni (He-Who-Is-Warrior), Payatti (He-Who-Comes), Wakizai (He-Who-Is-A-Desperate-Warrior) Sample female Hunter names: Anemya (She-Is-Superior), Chitsa (She-Who-Is-Fair), Enola (She-Who-Is-Solitary), Etenia (She-Who-Is-Rich), Eyota (She-Who-Is-Great), Gahoa (She-Who-Is-Mother), Halona (She-Who-Has-Happy-Fortune), Mausa (She-Who-Plucks-Flowers), Meda (She-Who-Is-Prophetess), Nata (She-Who-Speaks), Nina (She-Who-Is-Strong), Olathea (She-Who-Is-Beautiful), Onawa (She-Who-Awakes), Onida (She-Who-Is-Searched), Stinka (She-Who-Is-Magical-Dancer), Wenona (She-Who-Was-First), Winema (She-Who-Is-Chief), Yepaia (She-Who-Is-Of-Snow), THE BIRD CLANS Elvish clans have one totem bird each, that defines them. Elves call themselves "of the bird" (Cholena-dai) when they say their entire name. Thus, "of the Eagle" or "of the Raven" are typical elvish family names. As an interesting note, the word for "clan" (Teetonka) in Aknane (the elven language) is the same for "bird flock". Sample elvish clan names: Beshkno-dai (of the Bald Eagle), Dyami-dai (of the Eagle), Fala-dai (of the Crow), Gaagi-dai (of the Raven), Kewanee-dai (of the Prairie Hen), Kuntur-dai (of the Condor), Kwatoko-dai (of the Tucan), Luyu-dai (of the Wild Dove), Mochni-dai (of the Parrot), Neka-dai (of the Wild Goose), Onacona-dai (of the Snow Owl), Opa-dai (of the Owl), Pako-dai (of the Little Eagle), Quetza-dai (of the Quetzal), Sahale-dai (of the Desert Falcon), Sahkonteic (of the White Eagle), Shada-dai (of the Pelican), Sheshebens-dai (of the Duck)
Major Language Groups and Dialects
All elves can speak Aknane, the elvish tongue, but it has no written form. Aknane is fluid, with subtle intonations and intricate grammar. Even common phrases look like poems when translated, and sound like songs when spoken. Elven oral tradition is rich and varied, and their songs and poems are famous among other races. Many bards learn their language so they can add Elvish lullabies to their repertoires. More information on languages can be found here
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
THOU SHALT NOT RIDE ON THE BACK OF ANY ANIMAL Elves rely only their legs and hands, whether they have to flee, to climb or to run after a prey. Thus, in elvish culture the act of riding something as a transport, whatever the animal, is unacceptable. In their language calling someone a "rider" is an insult. Racial Traidtion rules: an elf character will always refuse to use a mount. Doing so will be considered a violation of the Tradition and the character will risk become Tainted.
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