Civilization and Culture
Some half-elves choose human names, but others tend to elvish names. They do not follow, however, the the complicated naming rituals of the elven race. They never use elven "hatchling-names", and stick to elven "hunter names" that they had heard in their tales. This naming tradition is sometimes considered an insult betwen pure elves, so some half-elves try to have at least two names (one human, and one elvish), in order to avoid conflicts and cultural issues. LITTLE BIRD CLANS Elvish tribes have one totem bird for each clan, and so do each family of half-elves. However, they use small, city-bound birds, instead of great birds of prey or wild animals of the forests and jungles. Just like elves, Half-elves call themselves "of the bird" (Cholena-dai) when they say their entire name. Thus, "of the Chicken" or "of the Sparrow" are typical half-elvish family names. Sample half-elvish clan names: Chatan-dai (of the Hawk), Chayton-dai (of the Falcon), Chilam-dai (of the Snowbird), Chimali-dai (of the Bluebird), Chogan-dai (of the Magpie), Doli-dai (of the Blue Jay), Haiwee-dai (of the Dove), Howi-dai (of the Turtle Dove), Kele-dai (of the Sparrow), Kotori-dai (of the Barn Owl), Mongwau-dai (of the Little Owl), Pazi-dai (of the Yellowbird), Pules-dai (of the Pigeon), Wilu-dai (of the Chicken), Wuyi-dai (of the Vulture).
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
A GIFT IS WORTH FREEDOM, SOLIDARITY IS OUR STRENGTH Half-elves are a culture based on gift and solidarity. Despised between elves, enslaved between humans, half-elves value concepts such as freedom or solidarity much more than other races. Racial Tradition rules: half-elven characters will always be willing to hand over pieces of their equipment to their party members, and they will never reject a gift, even under suspicion that it is cursed. They will never have slaves. Broken any of these Traditions will risk the character to become Tainted.
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