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'''Elves''' (<span style="font-size:xx-small;">Royal:</span> ''Rafë'') are a humanoid species that almost exclusively inhabit the [[Drylands]]. With only about 50,000 individuals, the elven community is small but very diffuse, mostly inhabiting the Drylands' coasts. For much of history, elves were the only sapient species known to the [[Snow Empire]] that they also did not rule, though the discovery of the [[Panthiors]] and [[Danoians]] in the 1900s has changed this. Elves are isolationist and reclusive; fewer than 100 elves are known to have left or been taken from the Drylands in all recorded history, the most famous among them being Lord of [[Zeminar]], [[Lorewell]].
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'''Elves''' (<span style="font-size:xx-small;">Royal:</span> ''Rafë'') are a humanoid species that almost exclusively inhabit the [[Drylands]]. With only about 50,000 individuals, the elven community is small but very diffuse, mostly inhabiting the Drylands' coasts. For much of history, elves were the only sapient species known to the [[Snow Empire]] that they also did not rule, though the discovery of the [[Panthiors]] and [[Danoians]] in the 1900s has changed this. Though they differ very slightly in appearance from humans, elves are most known for their preternatural lifespans and their unique plant, earth, and healing based [[Natural Magic|natural magic]]. Elves are isolationist and reclusive; fewer than 100 elves are known to have left or been taken from the Drylands in all recorded history, the most famous among them being Lord of [[Zeminar]], [[Lorewell]].
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== Appearance ==
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Elves are distinguished from humans by two general features: the characteristic pointedness of their ears, and the prominence of their cheek bones. Otherwise, all their characteristics fall within the normal human range, though they are in general taller than most populations of humans in Gera. Their skin color ranges from relatively pale to slightly dark.
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== Abilities ==
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All elven natural magic abilities come from the fermented Drylands cactus that they consume, though this unknown everyone, including the elves themselves. The elves attribute their abilities to the land that they live on. Elves can, once a month, perform a purification ritual. The ritual will revert their body to that state it was in a month before. In addition, all but the most worst diseases will be cured and all but the most severe wounds will heal. Elves generally begin performing the ritual at ages 22 to 25, and assuming the perform it every month (and continue eating the cactus necessary to fuel it) they become functionally immortal. They can still die from injury, poison or disease (if the disease strikes at an inopportune time and kills them before a month has passed since the last ritual), so the average lifespan for elves is about 250 years old, with the oldest known elf having lived to about 850.
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In addition, about one in ten elves have some level of [[Epzin]]. However, Epzinic magic is shunned by most clans, as it is claimed to be "dirty magic," suitable only for humans, an inferior species in their eyes. As such, the minority of elves that do have it rarely utilize it.
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== History ==
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Elves have inhabited their region of the Drylands for an unknown span of time. They had encountered humans, almost always Netkhal, but occasionally Waioloyan several times, but the encounters were rarely amicable. The elves were fiercely protective of both their culture and their territory and defended it with natural magic. Because the Drylands were seen as relatively undesirable, most nations that were in close proximity to the elves avoided their territory.
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The first nation to pose a true military threat to the elves was the Snow Empire. During the Eagle Plan, they attempted an invasion. The Elven War, fought from 1367 GY to 1369 GY, was a relatively small-scale conflict; the majority of the Snow Empire's troops were focused on subduing northern Gera. However, the elves put up

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Elves (Royal: Rafë) are a humanoid species that almost exclusively inhabit the Drylands. With only about 50,000 individuals, the elven community is small but very diffuse, mostly inhabiting the Drylands' coasts. For much of history, elves were the only sapient species known to the Snow Empire that they also did not rule, though the discovery of the Panthiors and Danoians in the 1900s has changed this. Though they differ very slightly in appearance from humans, elves are most known for their preternatural lifespans and their unique plant, earth, and healing based natural magic. Elves are isolationist and reclusive; fewer than 100 elves are known to have left or been taken from the Drylands in all recorded history, the most famous among them being Lord of Zeminar, Lorewell.

Appearance

Elves are distinguished from humans by two general features: the characteristic pointedness of their ears, and the prominence of their cheek bones. Otherwise, all their characteristics fall within the normal human range, though they are in general taller than most populations of humans in Gera. Their skin color ranges from relatively pale to slightly dark.

Abilities

All elven natural magic abilities come from the fermented Drylands cactus that they consume, though this unknown everyone, including the elves themselves. The elves attribute their abilities to the land that they live on. Elves can, once a month, perform a purification ritual. The ritual will revert their body to that state it was in a month before. In addition, all but the most worst diseases will be cured and all but the most severe wounds will heal. Elves generally begin performing the ritual at ages 22 to 25, and assuming the perform it every month (and continue eating the cactus necessary to fuel it) they become functionally immortal. They can still die from injury, poison or disease (if the disease strikes at an inopportune time and kills them before a month has passed since the last ritual), so the average lifespan for elves is about 250 years old, with the oldest known elf having lived to about 850.

In addition, about one in ten elves have some level of Epzin. However, Epzinic magic is shunned by most clans, as it is claimed to be "dirty magic," suitable only for humans, an inferior species in their eyes. As such, the minority of elves that do have it rarely utilize it.

History

Elves have inhabited their region of the Drylands for an unknown span of time. They had encountered humans, almost always Netkhal, but occasionally Waioloyan several times, but the encounters were rarely amicable. The elves were fiercely protective of both their culture and their territory and defended it with natural magic. Because the Drylands were seen as relatively undesirable, most nations that were in close proximity to the elves avoided their territory.

The first nation to pose a true military threat to the elves was the Snow Empire. During the Eagle Plan, they attempted an invasion. The Elven War, fought from 1367 GY to 1369 GY, was a relatively small-scale conflict; the majority of the Snow Empire's troops were focused on subduing northern Gera. However, the elves put up