A Sound Of Thunder
Elves, sometimes called sylvan elves to distinguish them from the eladrin who are also commonly called elves, are a long lived race found most commonly in forests, shrublands, and other wildernesses. In comparison with their close kin the eladrin or “high elves” the true elves have a closer affinity for the natural world over civilization and have more or less abandoned the eladrin focus on magic as a whole.
Physical Description: Although generally taller than humans, elves possess a graceful, fragile physique that is accentuated by their long, pointed ears. Their eyes are wide and almond-shaped, and filled with large, vibrantly colored pupils. Elven clothing often plays off the beauty of the natural world.
Society: The elves were born on the mysterious western continent in the area now called The Great Wild Wood, where they were slaves of the Dragons. Thousands of years ago, the elf slaves rebelled against their masters and eventually left entirely. They maintained a semi-nomadic lifestyle. During the Great War, the beleaguered rulers of Arkhosia brought in elf mercenaries in exchange for the return of their ancestral land, The Great Wild Wood.
Relations: Most of the elves give little thought to the outside world, focusing instead on the goals of their isolated family groups. While this makes much of The Great Wild Wood isolationist and impenetrable to outsiders, small parts of the elf nation deal directly with the outside world. Through the port city of Cernal, the elves sell their magical timber and worked wooden goods to members of other races. Because of this commerce, and the fact that the elves have held their continent for ten times the length of living memory, outsiders almost universally view the elves with a healthy mix of awe and indifference. All this is changing, though, as young elves continue to migrate to the outside world.
Alignment and Religion: Elves are emotional and capricious, yet value kindness and beauty. Most elves are chaotic good. The elves of The Great Wild Wood worship the spirits of the past.
Adventurers: Many elves embark on adventures out of a desire to explore the world, leaving their secluded forest realms to reclaim forgotten elven magic or search out lost kingdoms established millennia ago by their forefathers. For those raised among humans, the ephemeral and unfettered life of an adventurer holds natural appeal. Elves generally eschew melee because of their frailty, preferring instead to pursue classes such as wizards and rangers.