Nunnehi (NUN-i-hee | /'nʊn ɪ hi/)
The wood elves take "down to earth" to a whole new level
The coppery-skinned elf maid also turned to regard them with enchanting copper-flecked emerald green eyes.Wood elves are darker-skinned than Alfar or Sidhe. Their skin tones range through warm copper to a rich burnt umber, and their eyes, flecked with metallic copper sparkles, are amber, and a range of shades of green, grey and brown. Their hair might range from as light as a honey-blond, through a coppery red, to a rich ebony black, and very rarely, green.
Major language groups and dialects
Culture and cultural heritage
Shared customary codes and values
“So how is it, then,” says a wrinkled, elderly Nunnehi who might well be carved of wood, “that a mage can create things which do not exist?”Elders hold an extremely important place in most Nunnehi cultures. Elders councils will often lead clans or tribes, and if they don't, they usually advise the leadership. It is considered extremely rude to interrupt an elder who is speaking.
Narissa is so focused on her anger and grief that she almost doesn’t see the Nunnehi approaching her. The wood elf clears her throat. Narissa looks up into green eyes that seem familiar. “Lady Narissa? I’m Jenna. I’m a friend of Blackjack’s.” Ah yes, Narissa remembers now. Blackjack has been seeing her off and on for a few years now. Narissa doesn’t think they’re serious; just keeping each other warm in the storm. “Nice to meet you, Jenna. What can I do for you?” “I just wanted you to know . . .” She tosses her copper hair back and smiles. “I wanted you to know that all of us here—we all support what your husband is trying to do. We’re going to vote for him.” “Who’s ‘all of us here?’” “All of us,” says Jenna, sweeping her arm around the bar. Narissa looks up into a sea of nodding heads. She realizes the bar has fallen silent, and it is full of elves of all the local races; wood elves and sun elves and moon elves; Nunnehi, Alfar, and Sidhe.Nunnehi are active members of their community, regardless of whether they are members of a diverse metropolis or a small nomadic tribe. Since they value the wisdom of their elders, they tend to take the long view. Part of that usually includes looking out for the community as a whole, with the understanding that anything that benefits the community will benefit the individuals within it in the long term also.
Average technological level
Common Etiquette rules
Common Dress code
Art & Architecture
Common Customs, traditions and rituals
Birth & Baptismal Rites
Coming of Age Rites
Funerary and Memorial customs
Common Myths and Legends
- Vara Nightsong and the Moon
- Brothers of the Storm
- Herne's Vow
- Valrik Stormbringer
- Kaimen Stormbringer
They found him in the Leafy Bough, chatting up a tattooed wood elven girl with a short sword at her hip.Nunnehi value personal expression. They frequently use bodypaint or face-paint, use henna and natural dyes for their skin or hair, get tattoos or body piercings, and even use ritual scarification. This varies broadly between region and culture, and often has cultural as well as personal significance. For instance, there may be a particular scarification pattern or tattoo that all members of the tribe get upon their rite of passage. Or there may be a traditional clan pattern of body piercings. Clergy may get tattoos to signify their faith when they take their holy vows, and druid orders might dye their skin in particular patterns or get a particular tattoo as well. However, many of these choices are dictated by personal preference and expression, just as they are in some human cultures.
“That’s a good idea,” Lord Sunfall agreed. “Perhaps I’ll take Selene and do the same thing. Selena’s got her own life now . . .” He trailed off, and filled the silence with another sip of wine to cover his hesitation. “She’s taken up with a pair of Nunnehi twins out of Caer’Thun. It sounds as though things might be getting serious.” Narissa probably knew a great deal more about this than he did, because Selena sent her frequent letters. One was a somewhat grim swordsinger; the other was a priest of Loki. Narissa was not surprised. The balance was probably perfect for her, and likely was also filling the hole in her life that used to be her brother and best friend. Narissa was happy for her. People had been sure she would never settle down. It was just like her to get involved with elven twins, who were exceedingly rare, and usually the subject of prophecy and much speculation. Regular pot-stirrer—that was Selena all over. “Good for her,” she said happily.Nunnehi are as free and varied with their relationships as Sidhe are, although what is acceptable is often limited by cultural and financial circumstance. For example, having multiple wives is not common in resource-poor areas among nomadic Nunnehi because numbers of children are a strain on those resources -- although multiple husbands might be perfectly acceptable. Divorce, although technically as easily accomplished as it is among the Sidhe (saying, "I divorce you!" thrice in a row in public and tossing the other elf's stuff out the door,) is frowned upon and strongly discouraged, due to their complex, intertwined family bonds. Elves with irreconcilable differences are encouraged to seek counselling from the clergy or the family, and to live apart if they can't live together. Nobody expects monogamy during the separation, however.
- Ancient Druid Order of Gar'nes
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Elves are a humanoid sentient species who have spread throughout much of Known Space.
Descending mostly from the ancient nobility of elvenkind, Alfar still tend to hold many of the positions of power within elven nations.
The Sidhe, commonly known as moon elves, are all about freedom of expression.
The Rua'alfar, or star elves, are the remnants of the royal families of the old Avalonian Empire. During the height of the Empire's power, they occupied all significant positions of power and authority.