Elves are an old and reclusive race. generally shying away from the other races they prefer the solitude of their ancestral forest homes. building elaborate and aesthetically beautiful structures that mimic their natural surroundings, they are more a part of their environment than the other races. Elves are also very fluent and advanced in the study of magic as they are the only race that does not have a innate fear and suspicion of magic. it is also why Elves are generally distrusted by the other races, their familiarity and acceptance of magics and those who practice them making others uneasy in their company.
Elven society is located in two main ancestral homes, the largest in Lemulain Forest (near the Iron Spine mountains) and Rjalanon Forest far to the north on the western edge of the Rainy Sea. there are many other settlements in various forests throughout Palantine but even these rarely trade directly with other races.
Elves are generally thin and possessed of delicate features and frames. they are fair skinned and devoid of hair (except on the top of their head) which is straight and thin, ranging in color from platinum blonde to dusky blonde. as Elves reach old age their hair turns a biright silver.
Elves live much longer than humans. between 250-300 years. They reach maturity at around 30-40 years of age (before that time they look very adolescent). at that age they look like an adult and their appearance will not “age” until they reach about 250 years of age. at that point their appearance will significantly age and their hair will turn a bright silver. at old age they also become very fragile and their strength lowers severly. it is for that reason that seeing an old elf abroad is incredibly rare.
Not commonly known to most folk is that there are actually three distinct races of Elves, each holding to their own customs and beliefs, but all sharing a common love of natural beauty and the natural order of things.
Sometimes referred to as Wood Elves, or Common Elves by their cousin races, the Nm’Rueax are by far the most abundant of the Elvish races. In fact, there are so few of the other types that interact with society at large, that it is believed they are the only Elvish race. By comparison to their shy and elusive kin, Wood Elves are adventurous and gregarious to a fault, mingling freely with the other races, sharing ideas, and even living with them from time to time. They are sturdier of build, though still thin and lithe by Mannish standards, than the other types of Elves and they possess sandy colored hair with light blue, green or grey eyes to compliment their rustic demeanor. Slightly shorter than other Elf-Kind, they are still generally taller than most men, standing from 6’-6 ½’ on average. They are among the finest craftsmen of all the races, though average by Elvish standards, crafting items of function and natural beauty. Their works are much sought after by the other races for their enduring quality and aesthetically pleasing natures. Starting early, a Wood Elf can spend decades learning the subtle intricacies of a craft or trade before ever crafting an item “worthy” of sale or gift. The only member of Elf-Kind that engage in city building, new Elven settlements can be found from time to time, sometimes near Mannish settlements, but always in a forest, built into the natural scenery.
The L’irelle are sometimes called High Elves by educated scholars. Raven-black hair distinguishes the high elves from their kindred, and brown or hazel dominates eye color. On average, 2-3 inches taller than Wood Elves, yet still possessed of a slight and nimble frame, they appear as regal in their bearing. A love of beautiful things, expressed by skill in craft, sets High Elves apart from all the races, even the other Elvish races. Believed to be found in only two magnificent cities across the land, artifacts from these people are rare indeed. Even by Wood Elf standards, items created by their High Elf cousins are greatly treasured. In the world of Men, L’irelle items of beauty can sometimes be sold for a small fortune. From a natural talent, or perhaps lack of fear, of the Essence of the world, most items of High Elf construction are enchanted as well. When inclined to create weapons of war they produce glorious, feather-light armors as hard as Dragons Scale and eternally sharp weapons of stunning beauty. Some of the most powerful artifacts known to exist came from the enchanted forges of these Elven craftsmen.
The least known and most lordly and adored of all Elves are the S’Faille, or Fair Elves. They have golden blonde hair, piercing, deep-blue eyes, and pale, delicate skin. Garments of white, silver or gold enhance the nobility of the Fair Elves demeanor. Also the tallest of the Elven races, they stand nearly 7’ tall, but their most striking feature is the barely visible aura that they project at all times. It is often the case that Fair Elves, in the rare instances when they are encountered, are mistaken for some other Fey creature, and not seen as an Elf at all. In fact, perhaps in some connection to this constant glamour, all Fair Elves can instinctively cast spells. This may further compound this misconception. Being the most attuned to the natural order, Fair Elves build tiny, self sufficient communities, in usually the most hard to reach and exotic locales, where they spend their days singing and playing instruments. When forced into conflict, they wield weapons and spells with equal comfort, often employing their song to enchant and dismay their foes.