The Elvenkyne, or Elves as they are most commonly known, are made of the bloodlines descending from the venerable Eld. These Elves originate from the far-flung continent of Eldavar before they crossed the Endless Ocean to settle on Solith's easternmost shores. This slender race of sharp-eared, strong-willed humanoids rose to dominate the wildlands of Los'Mozakas until rot and ruin befell their people. Rather than face their annihilation as pestilence and ruin toppled their grand works, the progenitor Elves chose to cross The Wyld's cursed jungles. They endured the warping effects of its malignant miasma, which stripped the Elves of their grandeur. Today, many Elvenkyne strive to preserve what little remains of their shattered culture and dream of the stability lost by their Eld ancestors.
The Elvenkyne arrived on the continent of Solith millennia ago as the fabled Eld, who warped and twisted the land to fit their whims and wills. The Eld sorcerers of yore constructed cyclopean monuments to their greatness, perverting the natural world and erecting the foundations of Elven civilization that continue to stand to this day. Their rise to dominance over Los'Mozakas is an achievement only rivaled by the First Men's conquest of Haven and the Udirkith's vast Moorwald empire. If not for the disaster that befell the Eld, Elves would have never crossed The Wyld and would have happily remained the lords of their isolated paradise. Yet when Solith's lifeblood poured forth from the earth to scorch the land and choke the sky in ash, the Eld could only watch in horror as war and pestilence toppled their mightiest gods and brought an end to their marvels.
Faced with their annihilation, the Eld journeyed across The Wyld, braving the warping energies of its maddening miasma in the vain hope that they would survive untouched. The Elvenkyne were born within this cursed jungle, as corruption devoured them and their rich culture. Though they were once known to live to see as much as five centuries, modern Elves rarely live into their third century. The oldest living elf today is believed by the Geneology Houses' estimations, to be no more than thee-hundred and twenty-six years old. Even the greatest among them would fall to the temptations of The Wyld's as Narti did when she betrayed her people and became the Wyldqueen.
Though littlehistory survived through the last years of their harrowing exodus, nearly all Elves recognize The Wyld as a den of vile evil and corrupting power. After Narti fell to the jungle's corruption, she fervently pursued the genocide of all Elves that would not bow before her. Though she allowed the Peak Elves to emerge relatively unscathed into Haven, she butchered those that remained trapped within her jungle. In contrast, her loyal brood of Wyld Elves thrived under her rule and now seek to spread The Wyld's influence beyond its borders. Those who survived Narti's massacres and clawed their way into Haven became the Briar Elves that now vigilantly guard against the cursed jungle. They constructed the massive fortresses of Wyldkeep from which they wage a neverending crusade to contain The Wyld and its wretched Wyldqueen. Meanwhile, the bigoted Peak Elves plot from within their capital city of Ravenpeak as they seek to bring back the Eld's long-lost greatness and the supremacy of the Elves. Though lost after the disappearance of their patron god Ram, they now find a new place in the world under the guidance of Lord Tennant.
Between 200 and 300 years old.
Between 6 and 8 feet tall.
Between 80 and 120 pounds.
All of the Elvenkyne, regardless of their lineage, have a natural propensity towards at least one form of magic. This gift manifests as an otherworldly ability to learn and master the manipulation of The Glow, manifestations of Primal Energies, or the sculpting of Thaumaturgic Miracles. Elven spellweavers, druids, magi, shamans, chantors, and thaumaturgists are among the most skilled and well-practiced casters on the continent. Only the Udirkith's mastery over artifice has ever rivaled the inborn skill of the Elves.
The Elven Gods
Narti holds a unique position in Elven culture and society as one of only two surviving divines of the original Elven pantheon. She is one of the oldest living creatures on Solith and is ardently worshiped by the Wyld Elves, openly condemned by the Briar Elves, and begrudgingly tolerated by the Peak Elves. While Oul, mistress of beasts, has managed to find widespread acceptance among the Beastfolk of the Gorgewald Forest and shows little interest in her complete alienation from Elven society.