In Due Time
Graceful and wise, the Race of Elves are one of the great peoples of the Known World. When the world was young, Elves learned primarily from the Moon goddesses, Adjia and Djara, and the Earth goddesses Geniché and Geteema. From these goddesses’ tutelage grew the various tribes and cultures of the Elves as they are known today. Elves of the forests, hills, and mountains often claim descent from Adjia and Geniché’s followers, while the many witches and wizards of the Elvish courts may similarly claim descent from Djara and Geteema, though in neither case is this universal. Time, migration, and intermingling between the various Elvish stocks have made it practically impossible to identify most Elves’ ancestry, though some of the more reclusive and regionally isolated peoples are more easily identifiable. And while scholars may point out these differences, it is important to note that Elves regard themselves, as Humans and Dwarves do, as a homogeneous race—Elvenkind—and their regional kin viewed as ethnicities or clans of the whole, despite some identifying as differing branches altogether.
Elves, like the other great peoples, are found throughout the Known World, though they are fewer in number than Men. And while they effectively share the culture, abilities, and inclinations of their more populous human neighbors as determined by region, climate, history, and the Gods, Elves do have some differences. Generally, Elves place great emphasis on aesthetics, beauty, form, and balance. Elvish crafts and architecture are easily identifiable for their elegance and precision, elvish works in art and music are renowned for their beauty and intricacy, and their works are highly valued as a result.
Physically, Elvenkind are as varied as Men. Elves are similar in height to humans, though they are more lithe and graceful, with Elves’ pointed ears their most readily identifiable characteristic. Sharp features, high, prominent cheekbones, and large, expressive eyes are common. Elvish coloring, similar to humans, varies based upon region or climate, with skin ranging from ivory to mahogany, hair blonde to black, and eyes all colors of the rainbow. The residents and descendants of Drow display the most striking deviations—a wide range of grey and bluish-grey skins, their hair is often white or black, though platinum blonde, blue-black, and red are not uncommon, and their eyes are often grey, gold, blue, purple, or red.