Elf

Globe3.9.1.bmp The elves of Llowellen live within several distinct cultures. The mighty continent of Anupam is home to most of them: there the gray elves live throughout the forests above and the dark elves live in the underworld beneath; wild elves claim the deepest, darkest and most remote woods and sea elves swim beneath the waves of the Kalani Ocean as far north as the Isles of Tuyen.

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Personality: The long lives of the elves gives them a perspective on life unique among the Races of Mankind. Elves place great importance on the value of tradition, natural order and the Cycle of Life. Ancient customs exist only because they have been proven to work, elves are often heard to argue, change and progressive thinking can be dangerous and should be discouraged at all costs.

Physical Description: Elves are beautiful people, blessed with graceful ageless features, slim or athletic frames with little difference in height or girth between men and women. Most elves have dark skin tones ranging from a light sandy tan to a dark coffee brown.

Elves have no facial or body hair. Hair color can vary dramatically from a thick black gloss to a rich blond with most variations in between. Although traditions vary greatly, most men wear their hair short and well groomed while the women never cut the length of their hair, instead fashioning it into elaborate braids.

Relations: All elves adore the Seelie Fey and hate and fear the Unseelie. The Anupams and the Tuyenesian elves remain largely isolated during the time of the Old World and so they are a little wary of foreigners. The Kalani Ocean elves though have often visited the dry land shore of the different nations and cultures and they often exhibit a more cosmopolitan attitude.

Anupam elves revere and respect treants, whom they see as blessed by Anwen. Wererats are treated differently by different cultures, but more often than not are viewed as disgusting and wicked creatures worthy only of scorn.

The Kalani elves are willing to trade and deal with the kuo-toa and sauhagin although occasionally relations are strained due to border disputes with kuo-toa or raiding skirmishes with the sauhagin. Merfolk are treated almost as cousins, and are a well-respected and much loved neighbor.

The Tuyenesian elves maintain good relations with their merfolk, triton and weredolphin neighbors. Occasionally disputes may arise over fishing rights but these are usually settled amicably for both sides.

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Homeland: During the time of the Old World, outside of the elvish homelands, the majority of elves encountered will be the sea elves. The continent of Anupam and the Isles of Tuyen are tropical forests, immense in size and ancient beyond knowing. A heavy humidity soaks everything with thick fogs, tropical rainstorms and monsoons. The different land-dwelling elves can be found living throughout their lands from the coasts, to the river valleys, to the forests and mountains.

The other lands of the elves lie beneath the waves of the Kalani Ocean among extensive living coral reefs warmed by the ocean currents and ancient hydrothermal vents where the sea elves build permanent and floating homes and fish across vast kelp forests and deepwater brine lakes thousands and thousands of feet beneath the surface.

Religion: Anupam elves worship Anwen but very differently from elsewhere on Llowellen. They see Anwen, whom they call Shyamala, as the chief spiritual guide among a pantheon of deific beings who act as mentors but not as leaders. Shyamalan religion teaches that the divine comes from within oneself and not from some external source.

The Kalani elves worship Anwen not as a physical deity, but as four separate elemental forces with air and water being the dominant and preferable two – earth is viewed as an evil force that is to be distrusted and feared.

The Tuyenesian elves worship a union between an ancient Tuyenesian hero named Pololoa and Anwen that gave birth to the Isles of Tuyen and everything on them. Their religious teachings speak of the Isles of Tuyen being born, of Anwen, in the depths of the ocean and growing taller until they broke the surface of the seas. In addition to these shared teachings each island group has its own demi-gods and deific heroes who are worshiped locally – many of whom are in fact Fey or Fey-kissed individuals.

Language: Anupam or Kalanese. Anupam is the language spoken by the surface elves. Kalanese is the native tongue of the Isles of Tuyen. It is a complex language that is difficult to translate into anything but Anupam.

Female Names (Aquatic): Ahana, Kiri, Leilani, Patea or Seine.
Male Names (Aquatic): Lalo, Matene, Patii, Rangi or Whiro.

Female Names (Dark Elves): Pelpirsil, Solsindril, Sunisia, Thallinvril or Yelrallin.
Male Names (Dark Elves): Burdylvid, Chorisald, Dromelra, Durisvra or Nothriluld.

Female Names (Gray Elves): Leela, Malini, Salila, Sarita or Thyanelaha
Male Names (Gray Elves): Anand, Mithil, Mohan, Ulhas or Vandan.

Female Names (Wild Elves): Amalaa, Ambaa, Saralaa, Talaa or Umi.
Male Names (Wild Elves): Acanda, Arvind, Palin, Tanu or Vasan.

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Elven Racial Traits

  • Elves gain a +2 racial bonus to Dexterity and a -2 racial penalty to Constitution.
  • Medium: As Medium creatures, elves have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Elf base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Elves have immunity to magical sleep effects, and a +2 racial saving throw bonuses against enchantment spells or effects.
  • Low-Light Vision: The elves can see twice as far as humans in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. They retain the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
  • Weapon Proficiency: Elves receive the Martial Weapon Proficiency feats for the longsword, rapier, longbow (including composite longbow), and shortbow (including composite shortbow) as bonus feats. Elves esteem the arts of swordplay and archery, so all elves are familiar with these weapons.
  • Elves enjoy a +2 racial bonus on Climb, Listen, Search and Spot checks. An elf who merely passes within 5 feet of a secret or concealed door is entitled to a Search check to notice it as if they were actively looking for it.
  • Automatic Languages: Anupam or Kalanese.
  • Bonus Languages: Anupam Kalanese.
  • Elves always gain Knowledge (elf) as a class skill.
  • Racial/Evolved Levels: Elf

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Elf Levels

Elves can take up to three levels in ‘elf’ at any time. Not all elves, however, take racial levels (or all three of them).

Hit Die: 1d8

Skill Points at 1st Character Level: (2 + Intelligence bonus) x4.
Skill Points at Higher Levels: 2 + Intelligence bonus.
“Class” Skills: Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Jump (str), Knowledge (elf) (Int), Knowledge (all skills taken individually) (Int), Listen (Wis), Sneak (Dex), Spellcraft (Int), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str), and Survival (Wis).
Armour Proficiency: An elf with levels only in elf (no actual class levels) is proficient with light and medium armor; and with shields.
Elfsight: At 1st level, an elf’s racial bonus to Search and Spot checks increases to +4; their low-light vision increases to that of three times a human.
Weapon Proficiency: The elves are proficient with all simple weapons and all applicable regional weapons.
Predict Weather: At 2nd level, elves can predict with a 100% chance of success what type of weather the surrounding locality will experience for the next 24 hours.
Disdain the Divine: At 3rd level, Anupam elves gain a +1 bonus per four levels to saving throws against divine spells.
Water Roil: At 3rd level, Kalani elves can cause the water around them to roil once per day, per three levels. Creatures in the water find themselves tossed about. All creatures in the water failing their saving throw must spend the next full round keeping themselves afloat or else begin to drown. Creatures who can breathe water merely suffer a -2 circumstance penalty to attack rolls, saving throws and checks during that round.
Glamor: At 3rd level, a Tuyenesian may will themselves to appear beautiful to anyone looking at them.. Not only will they appear strikingly attractive but all Bluff, Diplomacy and Gather Information checks against those affected gain a +5 circumstance bonus. This ability may be used once per day per three levels. It does not change any specifics about an individual’s appearance.

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The Evolved Elf

Elves who undergo the Unseelie Evolution ceremony may grow up to 6 inches taller and become 50 pound lighter lending their frame a more exaggerated slender and elongated appearance. Evolved elves also become much more agile, nimble and quick on their feet. Their wits improve and they become even more at home in the water as the most skillful of swimmers.

Artwork by Brom, Tony DiTerlizzi, Leonid Kazienko and Michael Komarck. Used with love and not permission.

Cartography by Ian Hewitt.