Slightly shorter than humans, elves are lithe, slender, and graceful in appearance. They have sharp, angular features and long, prominently-pointed ears. In spite of their delicate appearance, elves are a resilient race and deceptively strong. Although most possess light complexions, some elves exhibit more dusky tones akin to their woodland homes. Their hair ranges from fair hues to earth tones, and even (though rarely) reds or greens. Facial hair is seldom seen on elves, but is not impossible. Elven eyes are similar to humans in terms of overall appearance and coloration, but the pupils are slightly elongated, giving them enhanced vision in dim settings. A typical elf stands anywhere from 4½ to 5½ feet tall and weighs around 115 to 170lbs.
- Height: 4ft 6in + 1d12 in
- Weight: 110lb + 5d12 + STR + CON
Ecology and History
Elves are a graceful and noble race of humanoids that prefer natural settlements to worked stone or industry. Elven communities can most commonly be found among deep, lush forests, waterfalls and along wooded mountains where they build their homes, either in the trees or around them. Elves are nearly immortal, and do not hail from the mortal world as it is known to most. Their kind comes from a distant realm that few have ever seen, although rumors claim its splendor is beyond description.
Elves have a unique sense of fashion and style, preferring delicate, detailed and artistic clothing matching the colors of the forest. This even includes the fine weapons and armor they craft, favoring design and grace over pure function and resilience. Despite the apparent fragility of their work, Elven Craftsmanship rivals that of even the Dwarves, utilizing secrets in metal work brought from another place unreachable by other races. Elves rarely sell to outsiders, as they guard all of their secrets carefully, but on occasion a worthy individual might be bestowed a gift of elven make as a reward for a service performed.
Most elves view themselves above other races, though more as a point of fact than of false bluster. They rarely feel the need to show their superiority, but rather treat others as children, and, in terms of age, this is quite often the case. Elves are wary of humans, seeing their tendency to use what they want with little regard for the environment around them as an affront to basic Elven values, though they recognize individual humans on their own merits. Dwarves and Elves rarely see eye to eye for a number of reasons: Dwarves live in the ground, the Elves above them; Dwarves are materialistic and rough, Elves value art and beauty. If it were not for their mutual hatred of green-skinned races, the two peoples would most likely be enemies. Elves view Halflings and Gnomes with a similar modicum of respect, seeing them as children of the earth in a sense, and tend to treat them with care, as they mostly seem harmless. Elves do not like Half-orcs. Historical records are varied on exactly where this hatred comes from, but some such archives claim that the two share an ancient lineage, long since separated by a cataclysmic event that left the two forever altered.