"The Forest breathes through it's children.
And we protect it with our every breath."
Wood Elf Traits:
Wood Elf traits as following: + 2 Strength, –2 Intelligence
+2 racial bonus to Survival.
Favoured Class: Ranger
Level Adjustment: Does not change from base elf +3
Practises and Basic Appearance
History has been lost with time, great knowledge’s of the past left unknown, and the Wood elves do not know now if they were the elves who were carved in Esitta Clar'gyse (The First Sacred Place) within the Mellim'disiel. They do not know if they were the wooden bodies of the Elves laid among the roots of the trees that were their parents and had life breathed into them by Reinn Anon. And because of this they will not claim a heritage they are not certain of. What the Thyl'ael do know however is that they have lived in the Mellim'disiel for millennia's, and are in tuned and tied to the trees and animals of the forest. These are the elves that say they can feel the axe bite into an elder tree, feel it's agony as it crashes to the forest floor, and the sorrow and fear of an animal as it is hunted.
Thyl’ael are a romantic people who would rather live among the trees and the animals, as scouts and druids but when they must take up arms are fearless protectors. They are stronger than their brethren and prefer roles as Rangers or warriors, and it is said there is no one finer then they with a bow. Curious and filled with vitality they are looked on by the Vodiael (High Elves) as younger, and less mature with their energy and simple wish to live in harmony with nature. As a people they are strongly emotional but are taught to be calm and level headed, arousing these strong emotions is not easily done. Unlike humans the Thyl'ael marry for love. Polyamary is an accepted practice as well as consensual incest and bestiality. Manmade structures and the trappings of civilization are seen as transient and impermanent, and will sap the strength of a Wood elve if they stay away from nature to long. Their homes are usually within the trees themselves or at the very least, do not make an impact on the natural surroundings. So close it is said that Thyl'ael villages resemble the forests around them that humans have walked through areas without even noticing.
Metal is not something worked with except long ago the Elven metal of mithral, the usual elven metal crafting is for the tips of their arrows. They were leather workers, armor smiths. It was the Vodiael who crafted the Elvish blades, and weapons, that knowledge lost.
They are willing and able to work with others, learn from other races and stand by the side of man during times of strife. But even so they still come across often as aloof and gruff, less charismatic in spite of their compassion and humility. They have their pride in their race and culture, but they raise compassion to be a highest virtue of which all Wood Elves should live by. Vodiael usually place a higher value on education then the Thyl’ael do, but this is not to say that the Wood elves are illiterate, far from it. Their education however is usually more hands on, survival skills in the wilderness, though there are Wood Elven artists, scholars and diplomats. Although many elves have arcane blood and could become wizards and study the books, it is not common to see Thyl'ael wizards or sorcerers, but much more common to see clerics and druids.
Frequently it is found that they are less concerned with the outside world then other elves, and their politics are taken care of by small Druidic councils. Because of this wish to stay out of politics they have very few noble houses; nobility reserved for the Vodiael of their society.
Sere'th all die in the completion of their destiny or falling in battle, and unlike mankind they come back remembering the life they lived before, but never their death. Thusly this keeps incomprehensible the very idea of mortality and death.
Green or brown eyes, a variation on this may occur though hazel is a color only humans have and rarer eye colors are shades of purple. Their hair goes through white and silver through the shades of blond and brown to jet black. Wood elves do not have red or orange hair. Thyl’ael are more muscular than other elves, and as many of them are rugged as they are androgynous. They prefer comfortable but efficient clothing, leathers and dark shades of green and earth tones to better blend in with their natural surroundings.
Thyl'ael are deeply religious, Sila Vor Lady of the Stars and Elfkind being always within their prayers, and Enyala Eelm, Lady of Nature comes after. Every home has a personal shrine to both Goddesses in equal, the small statues standing side by side; and prayers are said at dusk and dawn. Involved as they are with the seasons and nature they celebrate the Spring Equinox, Fall Equinox and both Solstices, Summer and Winter.
Spring Equinox is a fertility rite and celebration of love,
honouring Enayla Eelm and Naik'lea Goddess of suffering. Summer solstice
celebrates the Midsummer fair, honouring Nau'ar God of the Sun and Rina'Lin
Goddess of Music when the Mellim'disiel is open to all races and cultures for
trade and Elven entertainment. Fall Equinox is a time of remembrance of the dead
and when those Thyl'ael unafraid of the Myr'ael (Shadow Elves) together honour
Sjel'Nnharma God of Death and Tin Du'hil Goddess of the Moon. Winter Solstice is
celebrated in the fields with dance and gifts, and hopes for the new year below
the stars and the void of space , honouring Sila Vor Goddess of the Stars and
Nanqa God of Darkness.
All Original names and references to the story they are from are Copyright of Nathanial Davidson.ont>
Picture is not my own.