The Elves of Toril (Forgotten Realms)
The elves of this world possess all the
standard elf abilities, but their appearance is markedly different. They
are of human height and taller, though there the resemblance ends. Like
their more typical cousins, they are much more slender and delicate in
appearance. There are five separate and distinct subraces in the realms.
The elves of the Realms are one of the oldest races native to this
world. While humans were living in caves, learning to hunt one another,
the elves flourished. Their nations spread across Toril, and they lived in
harmony with the land. But, as humans became more and more civilized, the
elves had to retreat.
Although they were once the most powerful
group of the Realms, the elves are a race in sad decline. They retreat
from the world in ever-growing numbers. One day, humans will find the
Realms devoid of elves. The greater world will no doubt miss their
Gold Elves :
call them sunrise elves or high elves, although they do not closely
resemble the standard high elves and, indeed, seem more like grey elves.
Gold elves are generally viewed as the most civilized and, at the same
time, the most contemptuous of the other races. They are the nobility of
elves on Toril, leading the other elves in the Elven Way. They are
equivalent to the Silvanesti on Krynn.
Also known as
moon or grey elves, although again, the name is the only similarity to the
typical grey elf. They more closely resemble high elves than grey elves.
(note: this is a name only issue, gold elves are grey elves, silver elves
are high elves.) They are the most commonly seen elf on Toril, and the
most adventurous. Although moon elves are considered less noble than gold
elves, the Queen of Evermeet, Amlaruil, is a moon elf.
wild or forest elves, they are equivalent to the standard sylvan elf. They
deal almost exclusively with other elves, keeping any contact with other
races to a minimum. Since they try to live far from humankind, they are
one of the least seen races of elves. Although they do not have a kingdom
of their own, they permeate every elven nation.
These too are
fairly uncommon, but are not as reclusive as wild elves. They swim in two
waters: the Great Sea, and the Sea of Fallen Stars. There is only a slight
difference between the two, one race breathes salt water and the other
fresh water, but they can survive in either. Sea elves make their homes
anywhere, but are most commonly seen around the island retreat of
Like their drow
cousins, the dark elves are almost universally shunned for their evil.
Cruel creatures living underground, these drow emerge only at night,
trying to avenge themselves on their "oppressors", the elves
responsible for their underground retreat.
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).