The Dark Edge
Elvish History and Culture
Elves have existed as long as anyone has known. Legends and stories have led to the idea that elves were originally immortal beings and possibly the first to walk upon the material plane after the Gods, but a disease called The Withering crippled their culture, making them mortal. Even so, many elves live to be around 300-400 years old, and as such, have seen much of the world and is history. Elves used to live with nature, creating tribes among the woods and forests, and mostly keeping to themselves. However, when the humans and dwarves started building up their kingdoms and cities, most elves started integrating into those societies, creating trade partnerships and some moving into these populated areas.
There are still many elves that prefer to live among nature, and some outright shun their brethren for their integration into other societies, but for the most part, elf relations with other races are mutually respecting. Elves see the value in the other races, and promote social diversity. Elves are a curious race, and due to their ability to outlive most others, like to learn as much as they can from others – though some become cold and cynical instead. Many elves will find lovers in different races, particularly humans, because they find their lower lifespan creates a unique and differing mindset of urgency.
Most elves still feel a connection with nature, whether they are urbanized or not, and have strong innate survival instincts. They also typically will try to resolve conflict through diplomatic means rather than violence, though elves are swift and deadly warriors when required. Evles are very slow to trust others, and as such, it is tradition to not reveal their last names except to those they are incredibly close with, such as a significant other or best friend. Many elves go to great lengths to protect their surname from others knowledge out of tradition, though there are plenty of elves that shun this idea, usually those that have grown up in rural areas.