If Her elves are any indication, The Mother must be resplendent in vibrant tones. She must be the most colourful being in all the cosmos.
Elves are the second sapient race in Tiyu Amara, after the humans
who are native to the world. They came to be in the world after The Collision
, when their plane of existence collided with the human one. On the continent of Abravost
, they are primarily found in Waal Zaimyatl
, the only elf-dominant country.
Just like the humans they have come to co-exist with, elves are a diverse species with many subtypes. The most populous of these are the Zaimyalkee
, who originally came from the Zaimyatl region in their home world. This region is where the great mountain of Chalsei Kóshoil
was initially located, which explains how many Zaimyalkee settlements and people found their way to Abravost. It is after their home region that the country of Waal Zaimyatl is named.
They are not the only ethnicity of elves, however. There are the Suungkee
, 'The Glowing Ones', who are most populous in the northern regions of Waal Zaimyatl. There are the Kailkoseltii
who mostly live in southern Waal Zaimyatl, and very rarely in a human-dominant country.
There are also the Skarhan elves, so-called for being found predominantly in the Republic of Skarhu
. In truth, they are the Lialpumpámtii
, a race of elves from a region known as Lialpumpám
. In the Collision, this region partially merged with the north western parts of Skarhu, hence their prevalence there.
Elf reproduction is made far easier by the fact that elves are species with only one gender. Barring health complications, any elf can reproduce with any other elf, as they possess dual (to humans) sexual characteristics. Gestation takes slightly longer than in humans, at around ten months.
Humans and elves are perfectly capable of reproducing, and this has become more common in recent decades. The only elves which aren't known to have had half-elves are the Kailkoseltii, who are notoriously hostile towards humans due to mistreatment under The Vosti Empire
. Half elves are most frequently Zaimyalkee and Lialpumpámtii.
Traditionally, elves have no gender, instead focusing on what role one chooses to play within society as a form of identity. These roles may relate to career path, disposition, or choice to be the bearer of children in a relationship. Through interaction with humans, some elves choose to identify as male or female depending on what fits them better. This is most common in human-majority communities, and in elves who do not live in Waal Zaimyatl. Elves tend to play a little loosely with the human definitions, leading some humans to be very confused and most elves to laugh hysterically.