The Wise Folk
Civilization and Culture
- Examples of male names include: Adrastos, Caedros, Deimos, Diomedes, Erevos, Galinden, Ivellios, Lamlis, Mentor, Mindartis, Paelios, Quarion, Sovellis, Tharivol, Venniel, and Xanthos.
- Examples of female names include: Ariadne, Astrea, Dara, Elama, Gaias, Ismene, Jarisiel, Kiirith, Laelia, Mialee, Naivara, Quelenna, Sariel, Savara, Therastra, Vadania, and Vesara.
Since the fall of Alphos, the elves no longer rule any political bodies. The survivors of the Elveswar have congregated in the cities of men, where they attempt to keep a reasonably low profile. They avoid rural areas, where folk are more suspicious of outsiders. Loyalists to the old Empire still live in and around the Forest of Veils.
- Elves are renowned for their fair and symmetrical features; their standards of beauty exclude relations with non-elves.
- Attractive features, for both males and females, include being of slight build, having fair skin, and straightened hair, unmarred by sweat. Strong-looking builds or skin touched by the sun indicate a life of toil, suggesting a lowly status to the elves.
- Cleanliness and hygiene are of great import to the elves, being that disease is one of the few things that can cut the elven life short. For the average elf, pestilence is their greatest fear. Elves tend to be clean and shiny. That's why.
- Elves mate to have children, but because 20 years of upbringing is so little time to an elf, they rarely mate for life.
- Elven children are typically raised by a single parent, but have a network of support from other elves.
- Elves do not marry, and they court fairly indiscriminately.
Major Language Groups and Dialects
- The elves have spoken Elven for millennia; it is a storied written language associated with historical and artistic texts, as well as the study of magic. It has barely evolved since its inception.
- The word "elf" in the Common tongue comes from the name of Alphos. The humans heard them referring to themselves as Alphosians, and became known as "alphs." Alphos became "elfs", which phonetically evolved into "elves." Thus, an elf is an elf.
Common Etiquette Rules
- Elves are often characterized as cold, aloof, and distant; their etiquette is defined by their lack of understanding of conventional morality.
- The fact that they are immortal has prevented them from appreciating life as deeply as mortal creatures do, and as a result, their culture does not demand any kind of universal decency. No one is entitled to empathy, kindness, or well-wishing. Their respect can only be earned through deed, and one can only expect to earn an elf's goodwill by extending his own first.
- Without an inherent moral compass, elves make decisions purely using their logic and weighing the potential consequences. Elves find displays of emotion, especially in crisis, distasteful. The sins related to excesses of emotion, such as anger and lust, are considered the worst in elf-culture.
- Many Wise Folk hold fast to the tradition that only elves should learn magic. There is little they can do about humans teaching humans the arcane arts, but an elf wizard teaching a non-elf magic is cause for concern.
- Moreover, magic has traditionally been restricted to elves of high birth. A lower-class elf learning magic is only slightly better than a human, dwarf, or halfling.
Even the Wise Folk themselves have forgotten the plane of existence from where they originated. They have been travelling the universe since their inception using their deep understanding of the Void. They came to the Free Kingdoms from the Court of Fey, where it would seem that the elves adopted many of their physical features, and their resistance to faerie-magic.
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
Elves hold little esteem for other races, who lack their mastery of magic and the seemingly endless base of knowledge granted by their immortality. They find their cultures primitive, and due to the constant worrying of death, the elves see mortal races as boring, worrisome, and unpleasant. They roll their eyes at the dwarfs' pride in their kingdoms (it's just a bunch of rocks), and find the halflings lazy and uninteresting. Human are rash, and orcs are a lot of uncultured brutes. Goblins are naturally the elves' mortal enemies, although they also reserve a special disdain for half-elves, who they see as bastards disguised as elves, but with none of the qualities that set the Wise Folk apart from "lesser" mortals.
- Elves mature around 20 years of age, but stop aging entirely around 50 years. Unless their life is claimed by violence or sickness, elves are immortal.
- Average Height
- Elves stand around 6', and are slightly taller than humans, on average. Women tend to be shorter to men.
- Average Weight
- Elves are naturally lithe and thin; they weigh around 150 pounds, and are rarely much heavier than 180 pounds.
- Related Ethnicities
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