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Elves, Grey
« on: March 21, 2008, 10:29:21 PM »
GREY ELVES

Appearance
Grey Elves, are the least common type of elf, and are somewhat shorter than their elven brethren, not growing much taller than 5\'0".

Grey elves are pale haired (all shades of blonde, including dark blonde (ochre) and strawberry blonde (auburn)) and their eyes are either amber or violet. The features of an elf are delicate and finely chiselled, with narrow faces and high cheekbones, slanted eyes and pointy ears.

They have a pale complexion, regardless of their time spent outdoors.

They are not as sturdy as humans but are generally more agile. Nimble and graceful, elves walk so lightly that they tend to surprise people by showing up near them, without trying.

Clothing
Grey elves favour clothing of wispy white, silver, gold or yellow, and will accent this with vivid purple or deep blue.

Lifespan
Elves live for many centuries (up to 1200 years) and are vigorous almost all the way to the end. There are no such things as immortal elves, though there is a constant mystery surrounding them due to their seemingly ageless lives. Their hair will silver in the last couple of centuries of their lives.

Region
They tend to live in isolated areas and value their independence in what they view is a corruptible world.  Dense forestry is a favourite.

Society
Grey Elves recognise the authority of a royal overlord, who in turn swears allegiance to a King or Queen. The laws and restrictions on Elven society are few when compared to humankind and practically negligible when compared to dwarven society.

Their families are important to them but so is the path of enlightenment.  All elves are raised in a studious environment as the pursuit of knowledge is held in the highest regard.  A cerebral society, grey elves tend not to revere their warriors so much as their academics.

Ecology

Elves produce fine cloth, beautiful music and brilliant poems and paintings. It is their performance in art and craft that they are most recognised.

Race Perspectives
Elves find dwarves to be restrictive and dour, and their strict laws and regulations unpleasant. However, they have high respect for dwarven craftsmanship. Elves think more highly of humans but find their search for financial gain and power to be rather sad. They immediately mistrust their dark elven kin, and find their woodland kin rather untamed but tolerable. Orcs and half-orcs are not tolerated and considered beasts that should be slain.

Name
Elven names are always flowing and have a certain uniqueness of sound to them. The Elven names always mean something, in Elvish.

Using this Elven Name Table, which contains prefixes and suffixes of names and their meanings, you can make up a really nifty sounding name AND know the Elven meaning of it.

For example, using this table I could make up the name, Cythas Teasen\'ddare
Cy meaning Onyx, Thas meaning Harp, Teasen meaning Trackers and Nddare meaning The Winds, so I have a name which means Onyx Harp Windtracker.

Languages
The languages known are Elvish, Orcish and Common.

Strengths
Elves have an almost innate natural ability with the bow and arrows and it doesn\'t take long for an elf to learn and master such a device, even when self-taught.

They can see further in the dark as their eye-sight is a great deal better than humankind. This is a natural ability of the Elven race.

Weaknesses
Not physically strong in terms of being able to carry weight, their endurance is in the form of stamina not strength. The lightweights of the world, should someone deliver a physical blow to them, it would render them unconscious and vulnerable. An elf is better off not being in arm\'s reach.