Briar Elves were the second Elvenkyne to pour forth from The Wyld, following after the Peak Elves' exodus. These rugged Elves are nothing like their Ravenpeak kin and make up the most prolific species of Elf on Haven. They are legendary for their inhuman speed and agility, but their intrinsic connection with nature is their most respected quality. Outside of Tuatha Carnes, their mystics represent some of the greatest masters of Druidry on all of Haven. Within their uninviting woodland villages, they live rustic lifestyles while practicing a unique way of life guided by nature and their honored rituals passed down for innumerable generations. These closely guarded rituals and traditions are all that remain of the Briar Elves' past; rumored to grant them incredible gifts, least of which is their exceptionally long lifespans.
Briar Elf History
Briar Elf history begins not in Haven, but centuries before in the depths of The Wyld. Here the Briar Elves were born beneath the Wyldwood Trees' twisted eaves and amid the remnants of the dying Eld. Few of the grand Eld sorcerers of yore survived the cataclysm of Los'Mozakas, many of the Eld that did were merely desperate survivalists intent on enduring through their people's annihilation. These Eld woodsmen scorned The Glow that had led to their people's destruction and fostered a culture determined to survive without it. These frontiersmen chose to journey across the unexplored Wyld in the vain hope that land would lay beyond the maddening jungle.
The harrowing trials and ordeals that followed came to define these prolific Eld as the Briar Elf people of today and established much of their abnormal ritualistic culture. They came to believe that The Wyld would herald the doom of all sophontic life and saw its Wyldqueen as the face of evil itself. These Elves lived in constant conflict with the wretched monsters of the jungle. When Narti fell and subsequently rose as the Wyldqueen, they learned to curse her name as she turned the jungle's full malevolent force against them to eliminate them from the continent. Survival became the desperate hope of these Elves as they clawed their way out of The Wyld, while Narti enthralled hundreds of their people to her service and murdered countless more. In this time of crisis, the Briar Elves learned to harness the power held within their blood and began their cannibalistic practices that continue to this day. Rumor has it that these Elves devour the flesh of their dead and slain enemies alike, sophontic or otherwise, as part of twisted blood rituals capable of bestowing immense power, gifting visions of both past and future, or even granting decades of additional life.
While their beguiled kin became lost to Narti's madness and rose as her Wyld Elves, these Elves escaped into Haven and united beneath their seething hatred for the Wyldqueen and the twisted jungle that she commands. They found no kinship among the city-born Peak Elves that had arrived before them, and the feud that sparked between these two Elvenkyne continues to burn brightly. The Peak Elves only use the rumors of Briar Elf cannibalism to ridicule and slander their woodland kin as distasteful and barbaric savages unfit for civilized life. The fact that many Briar Elves live considerably longer than their city kin only serves to grow the divide between these two groups further and the Peak Elves make no attempt to hide their cruel opinion of the mad savages. Today from within Wyldkeep and similar druidic bulwarks, the Briar Elves wage war with Narti to protect Haven from her many evils and keep much of The Wyld's cursed beasts and plantlife locked away.
Up to 350 years old, reaching maturity at 35.
6 to 7 feet tall.
Around 120 pounds.
Briar Elf names are often simple and direct things with little to no flair or differentiation between genders. Their names are always only a handful of syllables and usually end in a vowel. Some follow a similar rhyming pattern found in Peak Elf names, while most others lack any real meaning and are often merely shortened versions of traditional Elven names that are pleasant to hear or say. The most important name to Briar Elf is their blood name, which traces their origin, through their blood, to the First of the Eld: Eldac, the God-Sorcerer. They represent this link through a series of semi-repeating letters or syllables that can be interpreted by their mystics and elders as a part of one of their few openly held Rituals of Blood.