Elf

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.

Types

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.

Reproduction

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.  

Interspecies Relations

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.  

Gender

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.

History

Prior to the Collision, elves and humans lived in separate planes of reality. Much of the countries of elves were at peace, having endured a century of conflict. With the Collision, this naturally changed. In particular, the region of Zaimyatl and the region of Lialpumpám suffered heavy changes, with the mountains of Zaimyatl being placed in the east of Abravost, and the marshes of Lialpumpám being placed into the north west of Skarhu. In addition, a major Kailkoseltii city was shattered and scattered off the eastern coast, in the region now known as the City Islands.  

The Vosti Empire

For the elves stranded in eastern Abravost, they found themselves under the rule of the Vosti Empire. After rough starts and the not-insignificant language barrier, arrangements were made that the elves could live in their old settlements, wherever they fell, and that much of the land east of the mountain range would be theirs as a vassal state. A peaceful deal in theory, but in practice it caused great tensions in areas where these borders were ill defined. The south east was a particularly volatile region, as the Kailkoseltii who chose to settle there found themselves constantly arguing and fighting with Vosti officials who wanted them moved further north/east.   These tensions, as well as many in isolated elven communities, would boil over until a decision for made for the territory to declare independence as Waal Zaimyatl in 107 AC. This decision infuriated the Vosti Empire, but the natural barrier of the mountains made direct assaults impossible, and defeat was conceded easily. This loss of territory remains a sore spot for the empire.  

The Republic of Skarhu

For those elves who found themselves in the newly independent Republic of Skarhu, it was quite different. While tensions were high in the early years, the elves were instrumental in the peaceful formation of the Skarhan Assembly and Skarhan Council, and the two species were quick friends. When new counties were proposed to be added to the founding four, first amongst them was one in Lialpumpám, or the Lial marshes. Elves have a high level of respect in Skarhan society despite their differences and low numbers.  

Post-Reunion, and the Separation

After Skarhu reunited with the rest of Abravost in 142 AC, not much changed. Many elves preferred to stay on the part of Abravost they started in, though some migration was inevitable. It was the development of Planar Magic, and specifically the discovery of portals, which changed things. With the ability to return to the elven plane now open to them, many did choose to go home. This was the case for many of Kailkoseltii in particular, which is considered the main reason they are the least populous elven ethnicity.   The Separation caused a great many problems. With the elven and human planes now firmly disentangled, all the portals failed, and the elves were left firmly and permanently stranded in Australia. This was not so bad for those in Skarhu who, like the humans they had found themselves with, were quite content where they were. It was earth-shattering for the elves of Waal Zaimyatl, whose society had started to form itself around the portals and the accessibility of their ancestral homes. With the outbreak of the Vosti Civil War just next door, Waal Zaimyalkee elves vented frustrations by invading in the south and north east, stretching their territory incrementally past the mountains. They later struck a deal with the fledgling Kingdom of Telziad to aid in defeating the Vosti Empire, in exchange for land in the north.   After the Civil War ended in 336 AC, Waal Zaimyatl settled back down into peace and into handling the needs of its stranded elf population. In the present day, much of the elf population throughout Abravost is peaceful.


Cover image: Elf by Ria Sopala

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This article was made for WorldEmber 2018


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