Of Darker Days: The Rising Moon
-Elves: The ‘eldest’ of the races of Aldeya, elves primarily developed in jungle and forested areas, of which most of Aldeya is covered. While Elves, Humans and Dwarves share a common simian ancestor, elves are the most closely related to that primeval forest dweller. They prefer to make their home in trees and their magic is deeply rooted in nature. They are communal and form tight-knit clans that are fiercely protective of their members. Young are traditionally raised by the community at large, as such, they have different family dynamics from humans. A pair typically mates for life, their union similar to the ideal of marriage, and young produced by mating pairs are raised in the communal creche. The identity of a child’s parents is not a secret by any means, but everyone helps to raise the children equally. Since they have a longer life span than any other race, typically between 250 and 300 years, they are a slow and cautious race, prone to long-term planning and research. This has traditionally given them, as a whole, a much more stable government and lifestyle. As the world has become more accessible through technology many elves no longer live in the traditional style and many have adopted the common human form of living.
- Physical Characteristics: An elf is taller than a typical human with males standing between 2 and 3 meters and females about 2 meters tall. They have a slender frame with elongated arms and legs. Their feet are shaped more like a second set of hands which allows them a greater ability to climb and move freely in the darkness. Consequently they rarely wear any kind of shoe, but instead paint their feet with intricate designs. Their faces are long and narrow with ears more pointed than those of humans. Their skin color ranges greatly depending on the area they live, typically taking on colors similar to the trees of their home forest. These colors can vary from white, tan, brown and light green. Their hair is typically dark of color, but their eyes are usually bright blue and can pick up a greater range of wavelengths allowing them to see better in darkness.
- See also Good Races