The Elven Way
All elves follow the way- "No Elf shall do intentional harm to
another Elf, and except in a case where an Elf acts with malicious
intent, he shall be helped by other Elves." This pact protects all
those of Elven blood. Any Elf found to be in violation of the Way
through action or inaction shall be cast out (N'Tel
Elves... A Summary
By Lywnis of Tel'Mithrim
There are many creation stories of how the elven race came about.
Elves and magic originated close to the same time, and it was only
later that the creation of humans, dwarves and other lesser races
came about. Although interesting, the following is where we are at
today as this world often becomes a confusing place.
There are four primary branches of the elven race, most common
being the high elves, then gray and wood elves and unfortunately,
dark, drow elves. Elves tend to be a bit slimmer than most humans,
and depending upon variety, either taller or shorter than humans, but
rarely an average height. They do not have facial hair. (Although
some elves have been seen with beard disguises)
The spoken language is one that is as flowing as a melodic brook.
An elf may live to be older than 1,200 years and is generally about
130 before he earns the stature of being accepted as mature by other
elves. It is very rare, if ever, that an elf is ever known to pass
from this life due to the wearing of years. Before that happens, they
become compelled to depart the realms of men. Where they go is
Elves are generally not evil, with few exceptions such as the
drow. Most would be considered neutral as the world is seen more as
gray or a balance of good and evil, life and death. Often times there
will be a tendency to lean towards being good, just because of the
caring of others and nature.
Elves are quite handsome and have a greater appreciation for
nature's beauty, dancing and singing. Their humor is clever, as well
as is their song and poetry.
As compared to human and dwarves, elves are generally brave and
not foolhardy. Their common drink is, unless of course a good Fey
wine would happen to be available (sometimes even a poor one if
given the choice of ale), that of mead, preferably heated to a
blood warm temperature. Drinking to the excess is uncommon, although
there are times when a bit of Fey wine or a bit of Dwarven spirits
are misjudged. Ale is a very uncommon and somewhat bitter beverage.
However some of us have traveled so much with the dwarven clan, a
slight taste has been acquired in order to become a gracious acceptor
of an offered mug.
Relationships with humans is often times distant. Whether it is by
choice or that a human is often hasty, indecisive, and comparatively
short lived is questionable. Dwarves are competent allies and some
make good friends, but they have different lifestyles that are not
generally compatible with elves. Elves do not care for the caverns,
caves or mines that our dwarf neighbors are so fond of.
To some other races, elves are sometimes considered aloof, snooty
and frivolous and have personalities that are impossible to fathom.
In fact they are not, perhaps because of their longevity. Elves have
learned the benefits of patients before passing judgment and take
time before making judgments. This is also why the waiting period
before acceptance into the Grey Company is generally one month. For
an elf to not even have patience that long sometimes shows traces of
having spent to much times with the other races and their values.
Although they do not make friends easily, elves consider
oftentimes associates and friends as near equals. An elf-friend is a
very close, dear and honorary title that is difficult to earn and
given to those who are stoic, honorable and follow many elven ways.
Likewise, an enemy of the elves is never forgotten, especially the
evil ones of the woods.
All and all it becomes apparent why the elves have always endured
throughout the years and are the most superior of races. With values,
pure hearts, respect, honor and closely held blood ties, the elven
race will continue far long after man has gone.
Peruse the listing of the main Elven Subgroups,
or take a look at Elves of Oerth (Greyhawk),
Toril (Forgotten Realms),
or Middle Earth (JRR Tolkien).