When Creation made the elves, she gave them the essence of the earth. Strength, patience, and sturdiness represent the race easily. They were also born with the innate connection to the planet itself, one would call their connection an actual give-and-take relationship. There are two basic types of elf, the Nün elf and the high elf.
The Nün elf (pronounced “noon”) is the actual pure-blooded elf. They are darker skinned than humans, with dark hair and typically green eyes of varying shades. They have a distinct connection to the planet itself, communicating and partnering with its energy and its nature to control and to protect themselves and their families. The word “Nün” is an old elven word meaning “caretaker.” They have sharp features, with highly pointed eartips and everything seeming to be more angled than a human’s features. They are approximately the height of the average human, although a bit more on the slender side.
Nün elves are highly focused onto magic. They can actually sense the presence or absence of the ley line energies beneath their feet, which aids them in performing magical abilities. Not only that, but they are also able to directly influence nature itself, whether it’s using a tree to build a home or convincing an animal to assist them with some task. The ancient city of Seiis, before it was turned into an actual city of brick and stone, was an enormous tree summoned by ancient Nün elf conjurers. It has since been destroyed except for the stump, which after magical energies flowed into the area, became a small mountain. The Nün elves’ communion with nature is not, however, one-sided, and they almost always take extremely good care of nature itself.
Nün elf culture is very much based around rural applications and nature itself. They live simple lives as farmers or wood-shapers. Their art is based on the dedication to nature, and most of it is done in homage. If a tree is felled by some natural event, the Nün elf will turn it into a work of art, and instead of carving in a story paying respect to some ancient elf, it will be respect paid to the tree itself. They have festivals and holidays based around natural events such as the solstice or the appearance of the Destroyer in the sky. Religious identity is based on the worship of nature and Creation, although they do not consider themselves part of the Church of Creation – theirs is a much more basic religion than that of the Church.
Nün elves do not see a difference between their sexes. Females are as much a part of society as males. They, in fact, often see the females as stronger in many cases, after all it is they who provide the world with life. They see other races as partners although they are critical if they waste natural resources. Other races see the Nün elf as a strong and stalwart companion, they can always be trusted, even if they’re a bit too uptight.
What do you get when you mix the freedom and power of water with the strength and sturdiness of earth? You get mud or silt, and over time a rock. This is the high elven race. When the primes were created, it was inevitable that some of the races would gather together to have children outside of their own. Any half-orcish child is sterile. Tallis cannot have children with any race other than tallis. However, the combination of human and elf was not only viable and fertile, but in a stunning turn of events, these hybrids were cocky enough to declare themselves the true elven race – the real goal of Creation. In another twist, the Nün elves don’t seem to mind too much.
High elves have the typical elven traits of much more slender and pointed features – although their ears are a bit shorter than the Nün elves’ are. They also have human-like traits such as their skin, hair, and eyes being varied tones – although they’re more typically fair skinned because of their proximity to the Northern humans.
High elves still have the innate feeling and ability to sense the ley line energy beneath them, but at the same time they’ve lost the true communion they have with nature. This makes them excellent, although not natural, mages.
The culture of the high elves borrows much from human culture, favoring architecture and stone work to the wood and aid of nature that the Nün elves employ. The high elves enjoy the aspects of architecture more in line with the Gothic period, with pointed arches, buttresses and ribbed vaults alongside stunning works of stained glass and fresco paintings. Their art and music is very over the top with expression, and most of it is of a sort of religious nature – though the stories sometimes get a bit twisted around. Holidays are almost entirely religious in nature, and many of the high elven cities and towns are also centers for the Church of Creation.
Socially, high elven culture still believes that women have the same place as men. There are sometimes high elves who feel otherwise and try to put down the women in their lives, but they are rare. They get along with most of the other races, but are bothered by the orcs and tallis – the former because they’re nomadic and the latter because they’re a bit tough to understand. Other races tend to see the high elves as arrogant and proud, but they know them to be extremely good allies and trust them to always be happy to help out a friend.
With that, the elven races are done, and next time I’ll explain the third prime, the orc.