Elves

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Elf
Weight: 100lbs - 250lbs
Height: 5ft - 7ft

Elves, also known as Mali in the Elven Language, are the swift footed and keen-eyed inhabitants of many different terrains, cultures, and races. High Elves live chiefly in their Silver City, Wood Elves in the trees within their forests, Dark Elven have caves and other underground places for their homes, and Snow Elves who construct citadels in cold and unforgiving environments.

The elves are the longest lived of all the races, some living well over a thousand years. Although they are the longest lived, they have the least new births out of all the races as a result of Iblees curse, only reliably fertile for the first five centuries of their lives and with elfesses only capable of conceiving ten to fifteen years after their last birth. This makes pregnant elfesses a very rare sight. And it is very unusual for more than two siblings to be seen growing together in the land of the elves, as elves mature more quickly than the shorter lived races, reaching the fullness of puberty in about two decades.

Elves

Elves have long ears, and tend toward fair skin and hair, just like Malin, their forefather. However, their time among nature has molded them toward a wide variety of appearances. Most Elves choose to keep their hair relatively long, with more active individuals braiding it back to keep it from interfering with their work. The length and texture of an Elf's hair usually speaks for their health and vigor, with longer and silkier locks considered almost seductive.

Elves are normally quite tall, usually reaching heights of five to seven feet tall.

Wood Elves

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Wood Elves (Elven: Mali'ame) have brown skin, ranging from a light tan to cocoa colored, and are the most likely of all the races to dye their hair green. Though it is usually a shade of dark red, wood elves are often also born as brunettes. On average they are the shortest of the elves, typically slightly smaller than the average human. Their size makes them the most agile and nimble sub-race, making them more suited for quick attacks and escapes in their favoured woodlands when they choose to fight. They live within their sacred forests, many take up druidism, while others simply live our their lives in coexistence with nature.

High Elves

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Those of the High Elf (Elven: Mali'Aheral) bloodline can usually be pointed out for their very long ears, platinum hair, and the golden tint to their fair skin. This tint is complemented by their hair, which is usually blonde, though silver and light brown hair is not unheard of. Their eyes range from hues of green to blue, occasionally even purple. It is also not uncommon for an High Elf's eye color to become darker as they age, revealing the accumulation of wisdom. They are the tallest of all elves, and are usually quite thin, making them the sub-race worst suited for physical combat.

Despite this they often excel at the use of arcane magic. They often have a strict code which governs their lives, and have a distinct hate for impurity and half-breeds.

Dark Elves

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Dark Elves (Elven: Mali'Ker) have quite dark skin, especially for Elves, usually twilight grey or obsidian, though rarely dark blue, with hair ranging from pale blue to black, but usually having white or silver hair as well. They are typically between the heights of their taller high elven and shorter wood elven brethren. They are also one of the most muscular elven sub-race, making them the best built for combat and the use of a sword. Though elven eyes are usually purple, blue, or green, and very rarely brown among Wood Elves, in rare cases, the eye color of a Dark Elf may include crimson or violet. They, like the High-Elves, have strict codes governing their lives, often not taking half-breeds into their city.

Snow Elves

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Snow Elves (Elven: Mali'Fenn) are generally as tall as a grown Human, usually ranging from 5'6 to 6'2. On average, they're muscular like their Dark Elven cousins due to the often harsh military training they take on as children. The average Mali’fenn has a hair color ranging from white to pale blonde, though light brown hair is not completely unheard of. Their eye colors range from white-silver to hyper blue, to a deep amethyst and everything in between. The Snow Elves are the most progressive people out of the Elven groups, making strict laws against discrimination and prejudice. They allow everyone within their borders but are still wary when it comes to other Elves, due to the multiple genocides made by their cousins. Their rigid government reflects the serious and militaristic personality of the Mali'Fenn people.

Aging

Elves develop very similarly to Humans for the first two decades, with both races reaching adulthood near the end of this time frame. Once this point is reached, physical advancement for an Elf slows down so much that it seems as if they aren't aging at all. Elves are also not burdened with the curse of mortality that is present in all Humans, leading to the oldest Elves having an age upwards of eight centuries. While they may be considered immortal by other races and even themselves, there have been cases of Elves dying of old age when they were older than 1000. Due to Elves still being affected by physical harm, such as disease, murder, and internal complications, it is highly unlikely for an Elf to live that long. As of the current date, there are only a few Elves left that are over 1200, as even the oldest Elves alive might not have met Malin, or were quite young when and if it happened. Despite the incredibly long lifespan, their mental progression does not slow. This can be attributed to the fact that "middle age" isn't reached in Elven culture until around five centuries after birth. For this reason, Elves advance their intelligence over many centuries, with relatively young Elves commonly being wiser than the oldest of Humans. Although an Elf reaches physical maturity within a couple decades Elven culture dictates that an Elf is not considered an adult for a longer time, usually half a century to a full century.

An interesting facet about Elven immortality is its eventual toll on the mind, which begins to unravel for Elves who make it to the old age of around a thousand years. As time goes on these Elves enter a state of insanity and lose any sort of mental coherency due to the shear amount of time they have existed. These eldest elves have seen numerous kingdoms rise and fall, dozens of generations of mortal friends perish, and even perhaps their families fading into time. This quite literally causes them to lose their minds.

Language

Despite a common misconception, the majority of Elves have little understanding of Ancient Elven and have instead spoken the Common language for at least four centuries. Why the ancient tongue was abandoned has not yet been revealed, however, it has been speculated to have been deemed an illegal language, thus explaining the difficulty scholars have had in piecing together the ancient language. While steps have been made to educate the next generation of elves on their language of heritage, pronunciation remains the most elusive element and may be the missing link in the forgotten practice of encouraging the growth of nature through whispered words. There are a few living Elves who know the old language and as such it is difficult to piece the language together in modern times and more often than not, words are sacrificed to make way for the modern understandings. The language itself has evolved very little, perhaps this is the reason very few Elves understand it.

Curse

The curse of the Elves is one of infertility. Both males and females Elves suffer from this curse, and so do all those descendants from Malin, which means half-breeds will also suffer from this curse. This is the same to all sub-races of Elves, as they are all affected by it equally. Elves age similarly to Humans in a physical sense until their twenties, making it possible for an Elf to have a child at this young age. This would, however, be highly unlikely because of both the curse and the Elven culture. An Elf would still be considered very young before the first half a century has passed of his life, and so not yet considered an adult responsible enough to raise a child. Elves would be taught to wait until adulthood before they have a child. An Elven couple would have to pass many years together before finally being able to bear a child. When an Elven female is pregnant and gives birth, she will not be able to have another child for at least ten to fifteen years afterward, but the norm for an Elf would be to wait much longer before having another child. When reaching middle age at about 500 years old, an Elf will become fully infertile, never able to have a child again. This is true for both males and females of the Elven kind.

Strengths

The Elves were blessed with peace within their forests, a trait they still value highly, and with long lives. As a result, they have become a wise race, finding more time to seek out knowledge from books. With age comes mutual respect for others, and consequently the government is run by a council of voices. What physical work they do set to is often done so with utmost respect to the world in its natural state, and thus they often keep their economy stable by using only what is required. With years of experience at their trade, some elves' hands become so masterful that it is a wonder to simply watch them working.


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Elf Woof Elf · High Elf · Dark Elf · Snow Elf
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