Elves are tall and generally slender. Their skin ranges from medium brown and red tones to very dark black. This is because they live outside, in direct contrast to, say, the Drow, who live underground and have pale skin.
You might think that the Drow have dark skin, because they are called the Dark Elves, but you would be mistaken, bacon! They have that name because they live in the dark. It is a common misconception. Anyway, Elves are among the oldest residents of Gantórann, but surface Elves have relatively few territories. The Elvish forestlands are vast, though.
Wood Elves are cagey and uptight. High Elves feign elusiveness but are pompous and overbearing.
This page is about surface-elves. For subterranean elves, see: Drow
Elvish culture is built around the natural world, rather than through it. Even the larger citadels of the High Elves are not dependent on conventional agriculture. They do very little to modify their surrounding environment, preferring to simply supplement it to meet their own needs. Skills like hunting and crafts are passed down through generations. Although Elvish children usually know who their parents are, they’re raised by the community as a whole. It’s common for an entire Forest Elf village to be equally responsible for raising one child, for example. In fact, a major coming-of-age milestone for an Elf who is initiated into adulthood is the receipt of their very own bed. Beds are extremely large, valuable, and ornate pieces of furniture, but apart from just being a nice gift, a bed marks the transition away from an ultimately transient and whimsical childhood lifestyle.
Elves are elusive and mysterious, but because they’re so lovely and graceful, they don’t elicit much fear from the average commoner. It would be a bit like seeing an antelope or something. You’d be like, “holy shit, it’s beautiful, I hope it doesn’t impale me with those horns! It shouldn’t, right? They don’t typically do that? I wish I had read up on antelope a bit more I can’t really believe there’s just one standing right over there. Should I be making eye contact with it? Is that a threatening gesture? How do you greet an antelope? Is it hungry? Does it like me?” and so on, until the antelope left.
The Elvish forests of Dathannachy. Mostly home to Wood Elves, but there is a High Elf Citadel.
High Elf lands, spanning the north west of the Third Realm. This region is mountainous and densely forested, with many rivers, hollows, and glens.
The High Elves of Galangal have very little military presence to speak of, and make no actual efforts to repel humans from their lands. However, humans tend to steer clear anyway, as do most outsiders. This is because High Elves are tiring. The architecture in their forest citadels is beautiful, and their martial capability (in theory) is mindblowing.
It’s rare to meet an elf from Galangal who won’t meet your gaze with a warm and practiced look of tempered pity. Of all their many vain conceits, they may take the most pride in their studious compassion for the poor, brutish races.
Their principal Citadels include: Ywhafn, Minden, and Findruim.
Wood Elf forest in the westland of the First Realm.
The wood is about 6,000 square miles, and is divided into 11 regions.
Wood Elf lands that cover almost the whole southern quarter of the Third Realm.