Tall and fair, the race of elves - as well as their various offshoots - are graceful and beautiful, often very proud. They dwell in forested areas and excel in many fields, depending on the individual's strengths and weaknesses. Very powerful in both magic and physical might, elves and drow are excellent allies of the light.
Average Lifespan:: Immortal
Average Height:: 6 feet
Average Weight:: 120 pounds
Location Found:: Forested areas, mostly - though can be found abroad.
*all statistics based on averages; extremes in any direction, or found in odd locations, are always allowed.
Species info credited to Blazeh/Verridith, Aehryn, and Fyfergrund.
Heartwoodian elves; The Heartwoodian elf is perhaps the most fair of all elven races; taller than the Vystrian with generally light hair and keen eyes, they are the swiftest and best with a bow. Usually garbed in green or gold vilam, rangers will often wear armor underneath thick traveling cloaks. Others will wear simple tunics and breeches in woodland colors decorated to their liking, and Lords and nobles will often wear white and gold. Many elven weapons will be hand-crafted by the weapon-maker class, carvers who detail each bow with skill nigh unparalleled and matched by very few.
Vystrian elves; The more secretive, lesser race of highborn elf lives in the forests and mountains of Vystriana. Darker haired, usually brown or dark blond, their locks are shorter in length than their Heartwoodian brethren. Clothed in garments of silver and grey, with little footwear and sparse armor, they are also more human-like and shorter. It's not uncommon to see elves with a high variety of skin colors, as well as thick, curled hair, though they are traditionally found to have adapted to living away from Vystriana and have traveled far abroad. Their ears are not as long, and slightly rounded at the tips.
Dark elves; The dark elf is split into two differentiation bloodlines; the elder, which comes from the Heartwoodian elves and forests of Evylon; and the younger, who travel from across the sea. The elder is dark-haired, usually black or very dark brown, with light eyes. The younger has dark skin, grey, deep brown or almost black, and white or white-blond hair; their eyes are bright, and oddly colored. Both are tall, and both wear whatever garb meets their fancy. Most wear tones of black or dark grey, however, accented with silver gilt. Their armor bears many times the mark of D'issan, their capital; a rearing panther with dragon's claws, wings of the same color spread on its back. Some variations include a wingless gold dragon in the same pose, though this is very rare.
Heartwoodian elves; Heartwoodian elves, though peaceable and warm in times without war, are greatly protective of their families and homeland. When their borders are threatened, they will rise to war or fly to the aid of allies, using their swift arrows and keen blades to sever life from those who threaten what they hold dear. By far, the Heartwoodian elf is the most compassionate and self-sacrificing race of this species.
Vystrian elves; As stated before, the Vystrian elf is a secretive and mysterious race. Straying from war and sometimes ignoring the cry of allies in need, they are fiercely protective of their own lives and hold pride and honor above all else. Because they have suffered many losses to the ravages of war, the Vystrian elf will avoid it at all costs, though to gain the trust of one is to gain a great ally. If need is dire, they will come to another's aid.
Dark elves; Despite their history of violence with their Heartwoodian brethren, the elder line of drow is noble and takes their Evylon brothers' compassion deeply to heart. Many are kind, and wish only to live in peace where they have settled. Many of these become dragonriders. Others value the ability to fight above all else, joining the regimented military ruled over by the Authoritarians of D'issan, some of the most skilled fighters in Vystrian history. Many of the younger line follow this path, though it is not uncommon for the elder to find solace with the blade as well. Rumored to have the weapon-making skills rivaling that of the dwarves. Both bloodlines hold a dark centuries-long feud with the deathcats to the south, and all vow vengeance to their destruction.
Heartwoodian elves; Heartwoodian archers are unparalleled in the art of the bow, rivaled by none. Their skills at magic are great, as well as their stealth; the rangers of Evylon's elven armies train for years to become such, acting as scouts and messengers, knights and guards, patrolling their borders and keeping those within safe from harm.
Vystrian elves; Those located in Vystriana value magic above all else in weaponry, as well as the healing arts. Using a form of Heartwoodian and draconic magic mixed, this race applies it to enchanted weapons and blades. More than one elf has also become a gifted seer.
Dark elves; The ability to wield a sword with utmost skill falls to that of the dark elf. Using their blades and a specific variety of elemental magic called Leanfir, spoken using the drow language, they have a strong military with iron-willed soldiers. When bonded to a dragon, the use of magic is only strengthened, and skill is sharpened with blade and bow. Physically, they are weaker than that of their Heartwoodian relatives, but vastly overpower the Vystrian elf in all but magic.
Classification: deep-dwelling drow. Location: far underground; though otherwise abroad.
The night elf, or deep drow, is a race of subterranean-dwelling drow that have completely forsaken the light their cousins still cling to. With pitch-black skin and long hair that can range anywhere from a deep red to silvery white, their bright eyes have adapted to see heat signatures given off, glowing scarlet whenever this ability is tapped into. The sun, torchlight, any light brighter than the faint mage-stones that they utilize beneath the earth can harm their sight, and sometimes drive them to blindness. These deep drow were given the name of night elves for their venturing to the surface world only at night; this is when they may hunt or trade, before withdrawing back to their underground sanctuaries.
The pure elf, as opposed to the two bloodlines of drow and the high elves of Felnova and Evylon, is a rare occurrence in the offspring of younger-line dark elves. Once the founders of the younger bloodline, the pure elves of Alubria embraced the light as the embodiment of all things, good and evil; darkness was a thing to be abhorred. A cataclysmic finale to a war long-fought stole away the pure elves' light, destroyed it, leaving them as the dark-skinned, white-haired drow all know of today.
Few pure elves are born every few years; with white skin, white hair and long, thin ears, they could be considered one of the fairest subtypes of elf found in any Realm. Their bright eyes glow with soft luminescence, and can be any color, though are usually very saturated. The glow brightens and dims to their emotions. Pure elves may also control other elements, though darkness and shadow is unknown to them; all have a proficiency in light, and many more are able to wield it with an ease evasive to most. Regarded with a mixture of shock, disgust and awe among their dark-elven brethren, they still garner respect for their wielding of the darkness' eternal enemy - though because of the distrust built between the two factions, most pure elves leave their dark-skinned parents upon turning old enough to strike out on their own.
Classification: long-eared elves adapted to living underground. Location: Ristell's Underground.
Unable to withstand living on the harsh surface of Ristell, the high elves moved underground to live side by side with their drow cousins. However, to compensate for the darkness which rendered their sharp eyesight largely ineffective, their ears started to grow in size to grant them superior hearing. But, as their large ears began to resemble those of some xeriin, the elves used their magic to reshape their ears into a longer, more slender appearance, three to five times as long as typical elf ears, which allow them to hunt effectively even when they can't see their prey. However, other other elves tend to snub them for their 'flawed' appearance.