The Elves of Krynn (DragonLance)
The high elves settled the world of
Krynn long ago, and their history on this wondrous world is rich. On the
continent of Ansalon, the main branch of elves was called Kagonesti, the
source from which all other elves sprang. These others quickly abandoned
the sylvan role, taking up more civilized pursuits.
realm of elves on Krynn was called Silvanost, after their great leader in
the first Dragon Wars. The Silvanesti are a fair skinned race with eyes of
blue or brown and hair ranging from light brown to blond-white. Hazel eyes
are a sign of the line of Silvanost. They are reminiscent of the grey
elves in their attitude and outlook, for they are haughty and most
concerned with racial purity.
Qualinesti broke from the Silvanesti centuries later over a dispute on how
to best deal with the non-elven world. Under the command of Kith-Kanan,
they left Silvanost when it became clear that the Silvanesti had stagnated
as a society. They travelled west until they found a place where they
could live in peace and freedom from the structure demanded by the
Silvanesti. The relations between these two are strained at best.
The Qualinesti most resemble high elves, and are the most commonly
seen elf on Krynn. They are slightly smaller and darker than the
Silvanesti, with blond to honey-brown hair and blue or brown eyes.
The Qualinesti are more friendly than the Silvanesti. They have
traded more openly with other races, and built the mountain fortress of
Pax Tharkas as a joint effort with the dwarves of Thorbardin.
elves of Krynn are the Kagonesti. Although they are the first race of
elves to ever set foot on Krynn, they are disregarded by the other races,
shunned as wild and uncivilized. The Kagonesti, however much they dislike
this situation, have chosen to reject civilization and it's "corrupting"
values. They prefer, instead, the wild harmony of nature, the contact with
the earth that the other elves seem to have thrown away in their quest for
newer and better forms of government.
elves are about the same size as both the Silvanesti and Qualinesti, but
are much more muscular. They are very tan and draw designs on their faces
and exposed flesh with clay and paints. Their hair is dark, ranging from
black to light brown, with a rare throwback to the silvery-white of their
ancestors. Their eyes are hazel.
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).