Elf Race Info
Their are seven different races of Elf.
- The Avaeriel Are the rarest of the elven races on Syrik, the Avaeriel, or winged elves, live a reclusive existence, seldom seen by outsiders. Such is their scarcity and seclusion, that their status is almost that of legend, and many believe tales of these winged elves to be little more than myth and wild fancy. Created by the goddess Aerdrie Faenya, the Avaeriel are a winged elven race that dwells high in the mountainous peaks of Suokaen. Some of the Avaeriel however have come down from the mighty peaks to live in Synderin, to be closer to their goddess.
- The Dökkálfar or Dark Elves dwell within the earth, deep in Svartalheimr. They are a dark-skinned humanoid race of magicians and tricksters. The Dökkálfar were created from the blood-soaked soil of the Yggdrasil. The Dökkálfar once lived with the Ljósálfar in Álfheimr but were cast out, traveling the nine planes until they were given sanctuary by the Dvergr.
- The Drow are a cruel, cunning, and dark reflection of the elven race. Also called cursed elves, they dwell deep underground in elaborate cities shaped from the rock. Drow seldom make themselves known to surface folk, preferring to remain legends while advancing their sinister agendas through proxies and agents. Drow have no love for anyone but themselves, and are adept at manipulating other creatures. While they are not born evil, malignancy is deep-rooted in their culture and society, and nonconformists rarely survive for long. Some stories tell that given the right circumstances, a particularly hateful elf might turn into a drow, though such a transformation would require a truly heinous individual.
Legends say that the drow were a small group of Tylaern, who left the light of Corellon Larethian seeking dark magic to empower themselves. Soon after they came to worship Lolth the demonic spider-queen, for this Corellon Larethian cursed them, darkening their skin and turning their eyes blood-red.
- The Felaern or Halflings were plucked from the ground as turnips, and given life by the goddess Yondalla. They are a short elven race of farmers, most preferring to stay in their burrow then to adventure.
- The Ljósálfar or Light Elves are the people of Álfheimr. They are a light-skinned humanoid race of magicians and healers. The Ljósálfar were created by the first drops of rain created by Freyr dripping off the Yggdrasil.
- The Melaern or Wood Elves were sprouted from the Anga trees of Synderin by the goddess Thalaera M’Haaren. They are a nomadic race of hunters, living in the towering forest canopies of Synderin.
- The Tylaern or High Elves are the long-lived children of Corellon Larethian and the natural world, similar in many superficial ways to fey creatures, though with key differences. While fey are truly linked to the flora and fauna of their homes, existing as the nearly immortal voices and guardians of the wilderness, elves are instead mortals who are in tune with the natural world around them. Elves seek to live in balance with the wild and understand it better than most other mortals. Some of this understanding is mystical, but an equal part comes from the elves’ long lifespans, which in turn gives them long-ranging outlooks. Elves can expect to remain active in the same locale for centuries. By necessity, they must learn to maintain sustainable lifestyles, and this is most easily done when they work with nature, rather than attempting to bend it to their will. However, their links to nature are not entirely driven by pragmatism. Elves’ bodies slowly change over time, taking on a physical representation of their mental and spiritual states, and those who dwell in a region for a long period of time find themselves physically adapting to match their surroundings, most noticeably taking on coloration that reflects the local environment.