The Peak Elves of Haven were the first Elvenkyne to emerge from The Wyld following the Eld's exodus from the far eastern coast of Solith, known as Los'Mozakas. They appeared as a vast, pale-skinned horde of desperate refugees that had barely survived their trip through the cursed jungle. These self-declared reborn Eld went on to settle the easternmost of the Twin Peaks under Ram's protection and guidance. Under the careful tutelage of the God of Harvests and Lord of Plots, the Peak Elves rose to prominence as Ravenpeak's ruling elite. They sculpted their ideal society in which blood, deceit, and arcane prowess ruled above all. The disappearance of their patron Ram has shaken the very foundations of their community, and Lord Tennant has risen to take control of the Raven Capital in his absence.
Peak Elf History
The history of the Peak Elves begins at The Wyld's edge, unlike most other Elvenkyne who mark the cursed jungle's dapths as the birthplace of their cultures. Little is known as to precisely why Narti allowed these Elves to venture out of The Wyld while simultaneously butchering and subjugating the likes of the Briar Elves and Wyld Elves. Their migratory horde of pale-skinned Elves was simply allowed to emerged one day from that leafy abyss terrified and lost, as the once-grand Eld had been stripped of their identity and left like newborn lambs at the edge of the deranged woodland. These newborn Peak Elves shared the same instinctual eloquence, graceful ease, and even the same natural magical talent as their Eld ancestors. Yet, these Elves were not the god-like sorcerers of yore, but instead, were merely battered mortals seeking shelter from the torturous thicket. When Ram came to their vast convoy and offered them the safety of his mountain, the Peak Elves eagerly accepted his proposal, and in exchange, they embraced the harvest lord as their new god. On the slopes of the Twin Peaks' Raven Mountain, they made their home like a seedling finally allowed to stretch its roots, thus blossoming into a mighty and ancient oak.
When the Peak Elves constructed the capital of Ravenpeak, they used what few arcane secrets of the Eld that had survived their exodus to directly mold the city from the rock and stone of the Raven Mountain. This strange effect can still be seen today in the city's oldest and most important structures, where the buildings quite literally sprout from the earth as if it was perfectly natural for stone to reach up and grow into sturdy walls, delicate arches, and elaborate reliefs. The beautiful works of Ravenpeak's expert arcanists rival even that of the Eld's ancient marvels and far surpass the paltry works of any mundane master. Thus they gave birth to a city of pure opulence and flaunted wealth wherein the Peak Elves ruled as the noble-born upper echelon of its society.
These Elves have dominated their city for centuries and, in turn, were ruled by Ram's careful manipulations. Thus these Elvenkyne were molded into a rich culture of political spies, plotting nobility, and skillful arcanists. In tandem, the church and state worked to control the civilian population by steering public opinion and punishing dissenters harshly. The Elves that did not govern the people worked to policed them as the commanders of the Steelforged Legion that continues to instill law and order in the Raven City today. In the wake of Ram's disappearance, the Peak Elves have struggled to maintain their vice-like hold over the civilian population as the Raven Court houses once more look to consume one another. Only the strong hand of Lord Tennant and his concise goals for the city's future have kept these Elves from turning its streets into a warzone.
Around 200 years old, reaching maturity at 25.
7 to 8 feet tall.
80 to 100 pounds.
Peak Elves have three names: a birth name; a heart name, which is taboo to ever speak aloud and guarded closely; and lastly a family name, prominently denoting their ancestry with pride. Most of these unisex, polysyllabic names contain some internal rhyme or pattern that gives them their graceful flow. Their names are things of subtle beauty with near countless hidden meanings in their native High Elvish, and many are passed down from parent to child. Names are a matter of Peak Elven pride as they represent both ancestry, status, and identity; therefore, no one should disregard when one makes a binding Oath of Names.
High Elvish is the preferred tongue of the Peak Elves and is rarely ever taught to non-Elves. Its subtle, flowing form can be extremely difficult to decipher and full of countless hidden intricacies.