The Exodus of Uyr
Elves are naturally an adaptive race and have fared better than most others on the continent. They are the most prevalent race in the more temperate and inhabitable regions and have a dominating presence over almost all the continents’ forests. They mainly inhabit villages suspended from the treetops, building small villages in the tangled trees that wend through the country West of the Great Lake. Other elves use their culture of living life out on the limb to reside in cliff dwellings cantilevered against the rock faces of Amwa, or to make a living as trailguides and swords-for-hire.
Elves are risk takers by nature. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” is a sentiment the elves would approve of. They’re not usually foolhardy, but their lifestyles have made them almost fearless in the face of danger. They use this clarity of thought during trouble to take calculated risks, often astonishing other races with the results.
For the elves, surviving and thriving are deeply interdependent, and you can see this worldview in their daily lives. An elf rarely lacks the equipment for any task that might arise during the day, whether it’s dispersing voor slug infestation or climbing a cliff. What an elf lacks for in preparation, he makes up for with improvisation and quick thinking. It’s no surprise that elves are prized by planeswalkers as guides regardless of the terrain or their knowledge of it. Using zip-lines and expert climbing techniques, the elves fearlessly span the gaps between branches or cliff faces. Indeed, some of the branch paths elves take are impassable without their guidance and skills, as they often leap breaches and climb hidden trails. Of course, to benefit from the elf’s skill and wisdom a potential employer must be quick enough to keep up. Elves are notorious for thinking of their own survival first and expecting others to do the same.
In the Elfhame, elven society has become something of luxury and class division, where many members of the aristocracy have grown out of touch with the ways of elves in most other regions. The elves here are taller than their [Alizzaszi] counterparts, but shorter than the elves of El-Abar to the South. They live in large societies with the wealthy enjoying the canopy of their hierarchal cityscapes, and the lower class confined to the forest floor and the dangers one finds there.
Outside of the Elfhame elves have small village clans that include everyone allowed to live in the settlement. Leadership is decentralized and communal, although those with a combination of age and the relevant skills associated with a given decision tend to take the lead. In mixed-race settlements, non-elves are often inducted into the clan or become de facto members but tend to be gently encouraged to live at the periphery of the settlement. Overall, elvish social organization reflects their high degree of self-sufficiency. Individuals are expected to look after their own needs first and foremost, then their families, and finally the clan at large.
In the woods of El-Abar South of the Elfhame and West of Amwa is an elven society society built into a lone mountain that rises out of the forest center. They are thought to be more skilled than those of the Elfhame, both in combat and craft, innovation of ability and ingenuity of thought. They live out a much more basic and solitary lifestyle then those of the Elfhame, and are renowned as the world’s most talented archers.
The Alizzaszi elves once native to Uyr are a breed worlds removed from those found the rest of the world over, raised on barren soil in a brutal tribal environment. They are thought to be descendants of elves of another region, though historians are in disagreement as to which.