Elves claim to be the oldest race on the planet, but there is no evidence to support that. Elves are the longest living humanoid races, and many feel their race it immortal. One of the reason for this, is that two or the Elven Races do not die of old age. Once they have spent a number of years on Nor, (usually between 800-1000) they feel a pull to move on to the next world. They then leave Nor with their mortal bodies intact and enter the elven Realm of Arvandar. There is no body left behind, and other elves do not see this as a passing, only a momentary goodbye, knowing they will meet the elf again when it is their time to pass through.

It is believed that the first elves came here when the world was remade by the Gods. Some say there were created during the transformation of the world, but others say they were simply pulled from their existence in Arvandar and brought here. A third theory states that they survived the scourge and managed to reemerge after the transformation.

Despite all the theories, it is know that Elves were one of the races that were enslaved during the time of the overlords, and they were around during the Praxite Era. They have been here since the Current Age of the Gods.

Due to their long live most elves are isolationists, preferring to live their own way without outside interference and without getting involved in outside affairs. Very few events have caused the elves to get involved in the world's troubles. They do, however, recognize the ability of humans to take what they have and turn it industrious. Because of this elves have trade relations with most cities, letting the human do most of the work for simple goods, and then trading things that can only be made by elves. While elves are content to trade with nearby civilization for goods such as leather, food, etc., they have the ability to be completely self-sufficient, replace the good they receive through trade with alternate homemade versions. This is a great defense for the elves, for they can withdraw themselves from the world when danger threatens it. It is also the main reasons human and Elven relations are not much stronger. Several times in the past as trouble has threatened the people of Nor, the elves have left them to their own devices.

Grey Elves

Terrasti commonly known as Grey elves are considered the most "down to earth" elves. This could be because the Terrasti bloodline and human bloodline are more intertwine than any of the other races of elves. If fact, Terrasti culture is the only one of the three that does not disdain human-elf relationships. That being said, Terrasti have paid a great cost. They are not able to enter Arvandar. They are also the shortest lived of the race of elves, having an average life span of 300 years. Whether it is their closeness with humans that cause their similarities, or the similarities that caused their closeness, Grey elves are the only elves that get involved in human issues and politics. This is often a mark of contention between the races of elves, as the high elves often push their sister races to leave their isolationism behind and get more involved in the world.

Terrasti prefer wilderness living, especially woodlands. Like humans, the cultivate land, and build communities. The largest of these is Esendar. The main City of Esendar is a small forest, where the bulk of the elves live. The home of Esendar are made to looks like natural structures, and in many cases blend seamlessly with the trees of the forest. Around the forest, the elves work the land in large communal farms. Unlike humans, these farms are not owned by single elves. They are instead worked by those in the community who enjoy farming. Inside the city the elves live much as a human community would, with craftsman, laborers. While there are Elven Merchants, they do nor own the good they trade, but rather trade for the community.
Terrasti do not follow the traditionalist value of other elves. They worship Human Gods, and some have even taken to worship of the new faith. Elven Priest are not uncommon, and have no real discern able differences from Human priests. Elves are much less likely to worship darker gods such as Bennetar, or Tahkene, but it is not unknown.
One tradition Terrasti have not turned away from is ensuring that every elf is trained with a bow and sword. This mean that in addition to any permanent military force a High Elf Community will have, they can call on any of the race to battle if need be.
Terrasti are much less magical in nature than the older Elven races. Their Elven blood makes natural born sorcerers much more common than human sorcerers, but they are still rarer than Terrasti Wizards. Most Wizards of the Terrasti, learn magic the same way a human mage would. Through a spellbook, and study. The Powerful Magic of elven elders has been lost to Terrasti, and is one of the few regrets that they have.

High Elves

Ellasti are the Eldest of the Elven people. They are believed to live exclusively in Elvenhome, as Humans call it. Ellasti are an enigma to many, as the way they act is a contradiction in nature. They are both serious and frivolous at the same time. Listening to an Elder speak of the dalliances of a local noble, and the status of a war with the same amount of seriousness can be disconcerting. For Ellasti, some who have lived over a thousand years, very little in the word causes them much excitement. While this may seem like a recipe for disaster, the unique viewpoint of Elves makes this type of attitude a benefit. Elves can look at a situation and decided how much to invest themselves in it. This gives them a reputation for being aloof and disconnected. This actually allows them to make decisions based on experience rather than emotion, which is very important to a race that feels emotions much more strongly than human. When an Ellasti decided to invest in a situation, they will do so wholeheartedly, and without holding back.

The homes of Elvenhome are built in the Trees of the forest, each one high off the ground. The elves have developed a society where they very rarely have to leave their homes in the upper branches. Walkways connect houses and major buildings. Some of these are merely thick vines, but the elves with their unnatural dexterity and magical nature are able to use these are humans use roadways. While elves do trade for good they do not make themselves, they do not need them to survive. The elves of Elvenhome, do not cultivate ground crops, but they do have an extensive tree farming society. The variety of fruit, and nuts makes it seem as if the Elves grow foodstuff on hidden farms. A Bread made from elven nuts, can be indistinguishable from one of flour. They also hunt Fowl that fly over the forest or nest in the trees and hunt animals that live on the ground.
The Old Pantheon as it is now know is not old to Ellasti , who claim to have been here before the Gods ever came to Nor. They believe the God have great power but are truly not gods in the old sense, but rather Powerful beings who have gained immortality and power. Because of this Ellasti priests see their worship as more of a partnership with a higher power. They agree to do a god's bidding in return for the power the God can provide to help the elven people. The exception to this is the worship of the One. The elves see the One as a true god, who help dominion of Nor long before the coming of the Human Gods. Some have taken to his worship, and devote themselves to his teachings.
Like Terrasti, Ellasti are trained in the art of war from when they are a child. Unlike most human armies, many elven warriors have seen battle and war and have been tested on the battlefield. When an event causes the elves to gather their army, most enemies are surprised to find that rather than face a groups of aloof frivolous elves, they instead face a group or serious determined warriors, who are all hardened veterans. Not only do the elves have a strong conventional army with expert swordsmen and archers, but they have the power of the Elven Peoples magic. Indeed, when the elves go to war, very little can stand in their way.
Many outsiders have tried to explain the way elves interact with each other, and have failed to do so. Just as you think you know what will happen, they do something different. Again, this is due to the Ellasti’s uncanny ability to decide whether or not to invest themselves in a situation. It is because of this, that it is possible (though unusual) for a Ellasti uncle to be completely invested in his nephews training and not at all be interested in his own son's. Rather than blindly follow in their parents footstep, most elves seem to gravitate to a relative whose interest most suit their own. Likewise an elder who take responsibility for an elf does so with all abandon. To outsiders this may seem like the elves have no real familial ties, but to High Elves it is just another aspect of their dual nature. Elven Children are very rare and blessed events. An Elven Female, if lucky will bare only two children, in her long life span. Elves are governed by a king, and there has only been one in recorded history. He is the eldest known elf alive today. There are elven Noble houses but the distinction seems to be on deeds rather than blood. Elven nobles are elected rather than born to their role. The Elven nobility is designed to provide a succession in case the king ever falls without an heir.
There are three absolutes that would help outsider in dealing with elves. First, is that an Elf knows his time on Nor is finite, and is merely a step in a greater journey. When it is time to leave, he will be reunited with family and friend in Arvandar for the next stage of the journey. This transition only happens though, if the elf does not die due to unnatural means. An elf killed before his transition never goes to arvandar. Aravandar does not automatically except any elf. There are rulers of the blessed realm who may bar entrance to Arvandar. Any Elf that has been exiled is not allowed to transition. For these elves their life on Nor is their last stop. The threat of being barred from Arvandar is a check on the power some elves. The more powerful you are, the more responsible you become, and the more harshly judged you are by the powers of the blessed realms. It is this reason the most powerful elves rarely commit themselves to action, as they do not wish to lessen their chance of transition.
The last thing to remember about High Elves, and all elves is that although they have a reputation of being sexually precarious, once an elf chooses a mate, if is for life. This is one reason Ellasti forbid –human/elf unions. While the human may spend a lifetime with his elven lover, once he dies, he dooms that elf to an existence of loneliness. A loneliness felt more strongly than any other race. While Elven society may seem confusing to many, remembering these three will often put some of their decision in the proper light.
Ellasti Magic comes in two varieties. Human Wizardry, and Ellasti sorcery. Elves can learn magic just as any other race can, thorough study and hard work. In fact elves are known for it, as they have a much greater time to learn. Some of the greatest wizards on Nor are Elves. There is another magic however even older than human Magic. Ellasti Sorcery is as rare as it is powerful. No elf born past the age of the Shadow has been gifted with the power of Ellasti Magic. Only the eldest of the Elves still know it. Unlike human wizardry, it is an inborn talent, that requires no spellbook, nor spell casting. It is unique to elves and unfathomable to humans. It is however very powerful, and very difficult to counter. Fortunately, the elves use it so rarely (as they do not wish to threaten their chance to enter Arvandar with misuse) and it is almost always for the defense of the elven people.
Some elves have been born with the power to cast human wizardry innately, like human sorcerers. The power is believed to come from their connection with the old magic, as most who can do this, are descendants of Elven High Sorcerers.
Relationship with other races
Like any other free race, any elf's feeling towards another race are an individual thing, however there are some general feelings of the majority of the race toward certain other races.
Humans — High Elves have a strange relationship with human. There feel human are reckless, dangerous, and foolish, but they also have a good amount of jealousy toward the race. They look at how much humans accomplish in their short lives, and see the difference between what an average human does and what an average High Elf does, even though the elf lives a much longer span. Human quickly went from a new race compared to the elves, to a dominant one. Most High Elves see Human heading toward a messy end, and are afraid of the damage they may cause on the way out.

Dwarves — The relationship between High Elves and Dwarves has always been a complicated one. During the time of the Overlord both races were enslaved, but the dwarves were used for hard labor, while elves were often given high position over the dwarves as overseers. They often received the easy work also, that required their mind rather than their body. When the Praxites ended the rule of the overlords, they saw Elves as a threat and tried to exterminate them. The also enslaved the dwarves, but stout race was often used to hunt down elves and destroy them. When the God arrived and freed both races, old animosities did not die easily, and even today there are those among both races who still feel the old hatred strongly. Even the most accepting have an in-ate distrust of Dwarves, not only because of the history of the race, but also because their thought patterns are so different.

Halflings — High Elves look at Halfling almost as parasites, living off of whatever community they can find. They are usually beneath notice, or an annoyance.

Orcs, Goblins, Trolls — High Elf Hatred for these evil races are unmatched, as it was these races that almost hunted elves to their extinction during the time of the Praxites. Even though dwarves participated, it was these races that did so of their own free will.

Wood Elves

Very little is known about the Wood Elves of Ebb. Some say they are wild and savage, but others say they are simply more reclusive. Scholars are willing to pay a lot of gold however for information about these mysterious elves.

Wood elves are currently unavailable to play as PC

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