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Without written language, their history will be oral, meaning myths, legends, and other stories would be common. They may have shamans or others that can communicate with the dead (or think they can) to learn about the past.
I would expect even more “worship” of elements given the magic is that way, so they could be like Native Americans in putting great reverence and respect on this. It also suggests loving the land rather than merely exploiting it, since their ability to do so is still new. Perhaps they are religious about this, which is suggested from real gods granting their magic.
They would likely be transitioning from a hunter gatherer life, and possibly a mobile one, to staying put and agriculture, so there could be an existing culture that is struggling to transition to another. Those skilled in hunting might not be in farming, or this new magic, and may resent changes that can be used to create tension.
Their medicine will be plant and animal based unless they can use elements to heal, but we don’t usually see that with elements. They may be communal in that resources are shared due to difficulty acquiring them, so a barter system is likely in place for transactions rather than using coins; with metal as you say, they can’t do that. Any “systems” like legal will also be rudimentary, such as relying on witness testimony or things like trial by ordeal, where the innocent are spared from death by a god (i.e., they survive) and the guilt die.

Basic Information


Elves have a standard bilaterian vertebrate form. This includes two pairs of limbs, five secondary digits at the ends of each limb, a distinct head with sensory organs, and a exoskeleton for support and defense. They typically walk with an upright posture, with one pair of limbs servings as the "legs" and used for locomotion, and the other pair the "arms" with the digits arranged in "hands" with distinct, disposable thumbs used for grasping and manipulation.

Genetics and Reproduction

Elves have two distinct sexes and produce offspring through copulation. The fertilized egg gestates in the mother's uterus for between twelve months to a year. At the end of pregnancy the newborn infant is physically and mentally underdeveloped compared to most other mammalian species, as with most upright mammals. The fertility of both parents is suppressed for up to ten years after reproduction due to the resonance between the child's magic and the parents. This reinforces the bond between the parents and child, and allows the parents to devote all of their attention to one care intensive child at a time.

Growth Rate & Stages

Elves have the slowest growth rate and longest lifespan of any race on Gliaclis. Adolescence typically lasts fifty years, though more of this time is spent mastering their magical abilities than physical development. An elf is generally considered to be a fully grown adult at 100 years old.

Ecology and Habitats

Elves are most comfortable in forested regions. They thrive in the

Civilization and Culture

Scientific Name
Homo sylvian sylvian
120 Years
Geographic Distribution

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Articles under Elves

The Time of Sages

0 PE and beyond

The first era of elves was covered by a council determined by lottery. The council was known as the Dfenu hwuz Nlum Wuw.

  • 1 ToS

    Creation Day

    The Choosing of the Elves
    Era beginning/end

    The god Futsofar selected 1000 elves who valued freedom enough to risk their lives. They were moved from the Garden of Life to Ohimyu on this day, which is celebrated each day as the first day of the year for the elves.

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    Month 13

    Establishment of Dfenu hwuz Nlum Wuw
    Political event

    The establishment of the council in order to organize defenders of the city to prevent further incursions by goblin invaders.

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    Month 11

    The Masung Thadro Trad
    Population Migration / Travel

    Dissatisfied with the current Elvin council, 351 elves collectively agree to abandon Zlwen Tsevmi and return to the wilderness. They become know as the Masung Thadro Trad (the lost 300) to those who remained in the city. These two groups remain at odds with each other for decades.

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    Month 4

    Establishing Tiv Welshi
    Cultural event

    In order to maintain peace between the different groups of elvish people, a series of annual games are established for friendly competition.

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    Month 11
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    Month 4

    Fur and Fruit Trade Route
    Financial Event

    As relations between the civilized and wild elves become increasingly friendly, they develop trade between the two communities. The wild elves provide fur and skins, while the civilized elves provide the fruits of their orchards.

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    Month 13

    Elven Alliance
    Diplomatic action

    As the relations between the wild and civilized elves continues to grow, they agree to mutually ally against the goblin tribes which plague both communities.

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    Month 12
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    Goblin Attack on Zluwen Tsevmi
    Military action

    The goblin tribes launch an all out assault on the elven communities, both civilized and wild, which persists for several decades.

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    Month 7

    Abandonment of Mainland
    Population Migration / Travel

    After two years of goblin raids, a large group of elves decide to abandon the mainland and establish a new community on Thrushu Syonwit (Crystal Island). While they maintain trade relations with their mainland counterparts, the two groups become political enemies because the island elves refuse to help.

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    Month 12

    Development of Lwardashi Writting
    Technological achievement

    Due to so many elders dying in goblin attacks and so much knowledge being lost, some of the younger sages begin to develop a rudimentary writing system.

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