Pol-Muyyaqar: of the Desert
Ghosts of the Desert
Elves, like Humans, have explored and settled the farthest corners of the world. The Elves of the Alk'kir desert are a sub-race of the Itie'lman; those called the Blind Elves or the Western Elves or the High Elves. Properly, the Elves of Alk'kir are numbered among the High Elves due to their shared history, though they do not have many of the physical features many attribute to a High Elf.
While the Empire of Juraedon and the Kingdom of Alk'kir are nominally overlords over the Alk'kirian Elves, in truth Elves are too wily, magical, and powerful to be tamed by anyone lesser than themselves. A system of live and let live is approached.
The Elven race reached its brilliant years during the Mythic Era, but now they are on the decline and their glory wanes just as the moon makes way for the sun.
The Elves of the Alk'kir Desert have their own peoples and tribes and their own names which they give themselves. As a general term calling the Elves of the Alk'kir Alkirians is correct -- they live in Alk'kir after all. As a general people and clan, the Alk'kirian Elves are descendants of Elves who were once part of the Muyyaqar clan, headed by the first Tentyric King Is-Isil. Though the Alk'kirian Elves do no identify themselves as part of this clan of people anymore, after so many years, it is still proper to call them the Pol-Muyyaqar.
The Pol-Muyyaqar of Alk'kir are darkly colored, ranging from a coffee brown to a black like jet. They have dark hair, usually black; those to the east have dark brown hair. The western Desert Elves have fleecy hair that tends to curl tightly, and men and women alike braid their hairs into tight tails. The eastern folk have frizzy, thick hair that they grow down to their waists or feet. The Pol-Muyyaqar have wide, dark eyes, usually colored brown, though at night they become like bright, yellow fires. Their lips are full; some of their noses are lithe and flat and broad, others have bold noses slightly hooked; foreheads are full and those to the west have sloped foreheads; and cheekbones are tall. Their statures are high. Their extremities range from slightly gangly to perfectly proportional. They are light on their feet and don't impress footprints on the sand. Usually muscular, the Pol-Muyyaqar are also of the muscular and curvaceous build that is considered youthful and beautiful across Alk'kir, with strong hips, full chests, and long necks.
Listed below are the peoples and tribes considered Elves of the Alk'kir.
Sand Riders of Penbos
The Elves, though diminished, still retain the wisdom and the skills of far ages past, and can do wondrous things beyond most Men. Most famed among the tribes of the Desert Elves are the Tribes of Penbos. The ride along the dunes on long, thin boards with sails attached. If the winds are low (they rarely are in the western sandlands) then beasts of burden - large snakes that shimmy over the dunes - will tow their skates across vast distances. The Elves of the Tribes of Penbos also use white hawks to catch prey in the desert. These hawks can travel far and swiftly and require little food or water. These hawks are clearly touched by Elvish magic.
The Elves of Penbos are sometimes - heretically - worshipped as guardian spirits. Travelers who have underprepared will sometimes be rescued by these Elves riding on their sand gliders, and cared for a short while before being dropped off at a communal well.
The largest tribe of Desert Elves is the Asarmoth tribe. The Desert Elves are, like all their kin, declining in numbers and strength. They are a nomadic people. Sheep and tent are their prized possessions, and the Desert Elves wander among the great pyramids which their far forefathers built. They are content to decline and to reside in the Halls of Ashka until the Final Days.
Not much else is known about these Elves. They are reclusive and are among the smaller tribe groupings in the Alk'kir desert. They do love to dance and sing under the desert night sky; like spirits shimmering beneath the midst of innumerable stars.