Genetics and Reproduction
Ecology and Habitats
Dietary Needs and Habits
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Elves dominate the areas around Lake Lunarch. A small number of them can be found in Tengu Town and Ghal Pelor as well. These are either merchants or elves that are outside the social hierarchy system of Melanthris
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Dark Vision, generally more alert and perceptive than other sentient species
Civilization and Culture
Among the elven nobility, male names are generally chosen by the father and picked from names used by the paragons of the house he belongs to. Female names are generally chosen by the mother by whatever manner she chooses. Naming traditions vary more among the peasantry. Some of them emulate the naming traditions of the great houses they serve. Others have family traditions they follow.
The Noble Houses of Melanthris- Comprised of dozens of houses but only a few have true influence among the elves. Zaor the shipmasters, Inas the architects, Mirosaer the bankers, Celodin the magicians, Mithienye the wine makers and Antralis the champions. The Royal Court of Melanthris- Dominated by the Sorolwyn bloodline and their loyal servants
Physical beauty is very important among elven kind, especially in Melanthris. They value graceful features, healthy and displays of wealth, station and value. These types of things suggest a good bloodline and social station for the individual as well as the family.
Males are expected to be ideal specimens of their family name and House. They are also expected to be educated as well as self sufficient. Females are expected to be healthy and to carry themselves with dignity. Being educated is important but not as much so as it is for males. They're expected to be very aware of the social status of their family and house.
Among the high born marriage is more of a political factor than a romantic one. Such courtships are generally negotiated by the matrons of the two families. It is very common for high born elves to have more tender and loving relationships with romantic interests other than their married partners. Among the peasantry courtships typically happen at the many harvest festivals and feasts that take place there. Romantic compatibility is far more important among them.
The high born view relationships as successful if they strengthen their house's social status. The peasants have a different take. They view relationships as a personal matter and the love and satisfaction from the relationship being the primary matter of importance. Also, children are of the utmost importance in the peasantry. A relationship should yield more farm hands and allow the family to grow and prosper.
Average Technological Level
Magical advancements are the primary science among the elves. Most spells were perfected by elves before ever being cast by another race. Metallurgy, alchemy and mathematics are other significant advancements among them. Elves are also known to produce the swiftest, most elegant and powerful sailing ships.
Major Language Groups and Dialects
Common Etiquette Rules
Displays of fealty toward those of higher social station
Common Dress Code
Noble elves do their best to dress well every day. The peasantry wears what is needed to perform their job but would never present themselves to the nobility without donning their finest clothing
Culture and Cultural Heritage
Social status is the backbone of elven heritage. It dictates almost all interactions between elves
Disrespecting those of a higher station, speaking out of turn
Paragons from the noble houses and the rulers of the Sorolwyn bloodline
Common Myths and Legends
Conflicts with the Serpent People of the south, tales from the earliest days of expansion and exploration
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
Among the nobility most members of other species are seen as of a lower social status.