Elves are not beautiful nature-lovers. The elves can, on the whole, be described as tradition-minded, collectivist, and value reciprocated relationships above societal assumptions. They are patient due to their immortal lives but are fierce, awesome, and unrivaled in traditional open-field mundane warfare thanks in part to their Elf Songs.
The Elves of the East and the South traditionally worship their ancestors above any gods. The Southern Elves worship their ancestors and the First Elf above all else; each family has a shrine dedicated to their direct ancestors.
The Eastern Elves worship the Living God-Emperor first, by law, and their ancestors second.
The Elves of the West are culturally atheistic due to heavy trade with Dwarves and Men but this of course varies on a personal basis. They are renowned as excellent ship-builders, shrewd traders, and logical peoples.
The Island Elves worship tribal gods which represent aspects of their jungle surroundings. They are said to have four arms and darker skin, typically using ladders rather than stairs to take advantage of their physique and the vertical nature of their environment.
- Elven Empire
- Theocratic Elves (Dunmeri vibe)
- Western Trading Elves
- Shogunate Jungle Island Elves
Culture of the Elves
Elves are marked by tragedy and loss. In formal naming, Elves will add appellations based on what (or whom) they have lost. Foremost among these tragic appellations is the loss of a father/mother or son/daughter, followed by the loss of a life-friend or spouse. These additional names would not be used in normal conversation, but to ignore them in a formal setting is considered very rude.
Humans find this practice touching if not a little silly; however, for the eternal Elves the loss of, say, a father would cleave their lifespan in two. A human child may know their parents, if they are lucky, for sixty to eighty years. Elven children know their parents for one hundred to over one thousand years. Such a pillar of an Elf’s psyche leaves a terrible remnant in the wake of its loss, and for this reason do Elves honor their losses in this way.
Scholars of man conjecture that there may be more practical reasons for this practice. When addressing an Elf who has lost her mother, it would be unthoughtful to mention or ask about her mother. Especially for humans, who consider the wound from a death a decade ago to be healed, the reminder that the passing of a loved one only ten years ago is relatively fresh for an Elf.
Lastly, acknowledging these losses helps in Elven interpersonal relations: with the revelation of a loss-appellation, one will know that this Elf has suffered a grave personal loss and survived, and that you may be able to relate to them on some level concerning the nature of your own losses.
Loss of a Mother: Shindsuryanoko
Loss of a Father: Shinpitaranoko
Loss of a lover: Aiwakesa or Kasaichinka
Loss of a twin: Sorardhēka