Quick, wary archers who freely roam the forests and wilds
- Average Height: 5´ 4˝–6´ 0˝
- Average Weight: 130–170 lb.
- Ability Scores: +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom
- Size: Medium
- Speed: 7 squares
- Vision: Low-light
- Languages: Common, Elven
- Skill Bonuses: +2 Nature, +2 Perception
- Elven Weapon Proficiency: You gain proficiency with the longbow and the shortbow.
- Fey Origin: Your ancestors were native to the Feywild, so you are considered a fey creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin.
- Group Awareness: You grant non-elf allies within 5 squares of you a +1 racial bonus to Perception checks.
- Wild Step: You ignore difficult terrain when you shift (even if you have a power that allows you to shift multiple squares).
- Elven Accuracy: You can use elven accuracy as an encounter power.
Wild and free, elves guard their forested lands using stealth and deadly arrows from the trees. They build their homes in close harmony with the forest, so perfectly joined that travelers often fail to notice that they have entered an elven community until it is too late.
Play an elf if you want . . .
✦ to be quick, quiet, and wild.
✦ to lead your companions through the deep woods and pepper your enemies with arrows.
✦ to be a member of a race that favors the ranger, rogue, and cleric classes.
Physical Qualities Elves are slender, athletic folk about as tall as humans. They have the same range of complexions as humans, tending more toward tan or brown hues. A typical elf ’s hair color is dark brown, autumn orange, mossy green, or deep gold. Elves’ ears are long and pointed, and their eyes are vibrant blue, violet, or green. Elves have little body hair, but they favor a wild and loose look to their hair. Elves mature at about the same rate as humans, but show few effects of age past adulthood. The first sign of an elf ’s advancing age is typically a change in hair color—sometimes graying but usually darkening or taking on more autumnal hues. Most elves live to be well over 200 years old and remain vigorous almost to the end.
Playing an Elf Elves are a people of deeply felt but short-lived passions. They are easily moved to delighted laughter, blinding wrath, or mournful tears. They are inclined to impulsive behavior, and members of other races sometimes see elves as flighty or impetuous, but elves do not shirk responsibility or forget commitments. Thanks in part to their long life span, elves sometimes have difficulty taking certain matters as seriously as other races do, but when genuine threats arise, elves are fierce and reliable allies. Elves revere the natural world. Their connection to their surroundings enables them to perceive much. They never cut living trees, and when they create permanent communities, they do so by carefully growing or weaving arbors, tree houses, and catwalks from living branches. They prefer the primal power of the natural world to the arcane magic their eladrin cousins employ. Elves love to explore new forests and new lands, and it’s not unusual for individuals or small bands to wander hundreds of miles from their homelands. Elves are loyal and merry friends. They love simple pleasures—dancing, singing, footraces, and contests of balance and skill—and rarely see a reason to tie themselves down to dull or disagreeable tasks. Despite how unpleasant war can be, a threat to their homes, families, or friends can make elves grimly serious and prompt them to take up arms. At the dawn of creation, elves and eladrin were a single race dwelling both in the Feywild and in the world, and passing freely between the two. When the drow rebelled against their kin, under the leadership of the god Lolth, the resulting battles tore the fey kingdoms asunder. Ties between the peoples of the Feywild and the world grew tenuous, and eventually the elves and eladrin grew into two distinct races. Elves are descended from those who lived primarily in the world, and they no longer dream of the Feywild. They love the forests and wilds of the world that they have made their home.
Elf Characteristics: Agile, friendly, intuitive, joyful, perceptive, quick, tempestuous, wild.
Sub Races There are three sub races of Elf, Lathlani (High Elf), Doulathan (Grey Elf), Aralari (Wood Elf). Statistically, there is no difference between them, but these subraces allow a diversity between elves themselves.
✦ Lathlani (High Elf) Considered to be the most common elf, they are the most accepting ofother races, and interract freely with them as equals. Their hair color is mostly browns and blonds, but either silvery-white and midnight black are possible.
✦ Doulathan (Grey Elf) Taller and grander in physical appearance than others of their race, gray elves have a reputation for being aloof and arrogant (even by elven standards). They have either silver hair and amber eyes or pale golden hair and violet eyes. They prefer clothing of white, silver, yellow, or gold, with cloaks of deep blue or purple.
✦ Aralari (Wood Elf) Their hair color ranges from yellow to a coppery red, and they are more muscular than other elves. Their clothing is in dark shades of green and earth tones to better blend in with their natural surroundings.