Elves

Appearance

Elves are similar to human height, standing between 5 1/2 and 6 feet tall with slim features. On the average most elves tend more to be closer to five foot ten. Typically they weigh between 115 and 130 pounds with elven men being the same height and only slightly heavier build than the women.

Either long or short, their hair colors range from a blue so pale it looks silver, black, reddish purple like the calderiana, blond , and mountain pine brown.

Their skin tone also varies. The colors are either a shade of slate gray or a light gray occasionally mixed with tan. Eyes are round, slightly larger than the typical human with colors tending towards either hazel, blue, gray or green.

Beliefs

Dkar Po the Shepherd – also called ‘Dkar the White’ or ‘Father Shepherd’ – is the husband to Zia Lngan Ma the Protector. He is always rather tall, dressed rather plain except for a rich cloak – or wrap – made from the whitest mountain sheep wool. His hair is black, long and often braided and tied off with a sprig of snow lotus. His skin is a faint tan or weathered tan, and he is always shown with a quarterstaff made from a rich, dark wood that is said to be so heavy that only himself, Zla Lngan Ma or their son, Wangdue, can actually lift it. Tied to the staff are colorful silk flags, at his belt often hangs a crystal sword.

Domains: Community, Weather, Animal, Good

Zia Lngan Ma the Protector – also called ‘The Huntress’ or the ‘Storm Mother’ – is often depicted wearing red in some fashion, secured with a bronze belt or clasp. Usually it is in the form of comfortable traveler’s robes or robes trimmed in red. She has slate-gray or even blue-gray skin and white hair that seems to flow as if thick mist or clouds. Her eyes are usually a deep, electric blue. She and her mate, Dkar Po, are the parents to five children. She is often depicted with a longbow and quiver of lightning bolts, or holding a longsword with a blade of lightning. Of the two, she is the one who is shown heading into battle. However she is not known for battle as much as her son, Rabten the Hammer.

Domains: Protection, Air, Liberation, Good

They have five children:

Rabten the Hammer

Domains: War, Glory, Protection

Dawa

Domains: Liberation, Chaos, Good, Darkness

Tinley

Domains: Magic, Knowledge, Rune

Wangdue the Mountain

Domains: Strength, Good, Nobility

Lhundup

Lhundup is the the youngest of the children. He is the sun god and considered a trickster.

Domians: Trickery, Charm, Artifice, Sun

Names

For Elves there are two main sources for personal names; they either come from their parents or from a holy person. However, it is not uncommon for parents to request names for their children from a great hero or holy person.

In requesting a name, the holy person or hero will write the name on a piece of blessed thread. When the thread is woven into the blanket for the newborn, it is considered christening the newborn with their name. If the parents choose the name themselves, they obtain a piece of blessed thread from the local temple and write the name themselves. Once done, they sew the name into the blanket as if the thread and name had come directly from the holy person. Either way, it is felt that the action of sewing the name into one of the first garments the newborn will use conveys a special protection and blessing upon the child that will follow them through their days.

In general, Elves do not normally have or use ‘family names’ as do dwarves, humans, halflings and so on. For instance, the Grindhewer family would all have the last name ‘Grindhewer’. The first name may change, such as Titas, Alexia, or Marstis, but their last name would be ‘Grindhewer’. In an elven family, the first and last names of all members might be different. The family might consist of Tenzin Farwalker, Darson Wong, Chodak Tearsong.

In general, an elf would introduce themselves with only one of their names, such as “I am Darson”. In more formal occasions, they might use their full name and a portion of their lineage, such as “I am Darson Wong, son of Tashi Sinjin and Kesh Fon”

Examples of female elven names: Julienne, Tashi, Disha, Sohni, Dorje

Examples of male elven names: Tsering, Wong, Yonten, Chodak, Kalsang

Traits

+2 Dexterity, -2 Constitution, +2 Intelligence

Medium: Elves are Medium creatures and receive no bonuses or penalties due to
their size.

Normal Speed: Elves have a base speed of 30 feet.

Low-Light Vision: Elves can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.

Elven Immunities: Elves are immune to magic sleep effects and gain a +2 racial saving throw bonus against enchantment spells and effects.

Elven Magic: Elves receive a +2 racial bonus on caster level checks made to overcome spell resistance. In addition, elves receive a +2 racial bonus on Spellcraft skill checks made to identify the properties of magic items.

Keen Senses: Elves receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception checks.

Weapon Familiarity: Elves are proficient with longbows (including composite longbows), longswords, rapiers, and shortbows (including composite shortbows), and treat any weapon with the word “elven” in its name as a martial weapon.

Known languages: Common, Fa’lain (Elven)

Bonus Languages: Harpin (Harpy) , Minosh (Easterling Human).

History

It has been written in the oldest elven records, that their people were born of the mountain, when Zia Lngan Ma and Dkar Po looked down from their mountains and longed to hear more than the wind blow among the rocks, snows and mountain trees. From that desire, the Storm Mother and Father Shepherd drew up the first elves from the slate and snow of the mountaintops. The ancient writings say those first five groups, or clans, were sent out into the mountains and then later the forests at the root of the mountains, in this way Zia Lngan Ma, Dkar Po and their children could hear more than just the cold winds blowing across the snow. To this day, the elven holy leaders place symbols on brightly colored prayer flags representing each of the original clans with a winged horse in the middle of each prayer flag which is said to carry the words to the Holy Family of the Mountains.

Armed with that belief, elves set forth from their ancestral mountain home and slowly spread through the forests at the foot of their mountains. Over time the tribes, through trade or a need of mutual defense against the ravages of humans to the East or the warring Dwarven clans to the North, formed an alliance which grew into the kingdom of Samakar.

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Elves

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