The Elves of Oerth (Greyhawk)
The elves of Greyhawk are the
stereotypical elf, resembling the 'standard' elf in every respect. There
are two subraces that are unique to Oerth, Valley elves and the Grugach.
of grey elves derives their name from their home in The Valley of the
Mage. As servants or allies to the Mage, they protect the land in exchange
for the Mage's ability to protect them from outside threats.
Most other elves despise valley elves. The common belief being that they
have sold out their dignity and their independence for the fleeting
protection of a human mage.
Like sylvan elves,
grugach live in the deep pristine forests of unpopulated areas and also
tend to be much less civilized. One area in which they do differ is their
While ordinary sylvan elves are onery and unfriendly,
the grugach are downright vicious. Sylvan elves resent intrusion into
their lands, but grugach will usually kill those who do so, regardless of
race. Grugach cannot stand the company of any other humanoids not
naturally of the forest. This includes druids and other elves, although it
does not apply to nymphs or dryads. On the other hand, they possess a
close kinship with the animals of the woodlands, dealing with them more
equally than with humanoids.
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).