The Age of Arcana
The Elves of Imaria are as old as the world itself, the silent heroes of the ages, whose blood run thick with mana. Some say that the Elves are the real protectors of the realms, allowing the humans the petty illusion that it is their royal bloodlines that are assigned this sacred mission. The Elves do not wish to discuss this theory and continue to live peacefully among the humans.
The Elves consider themselves sentinels of the realms, as well defenders of the human race. Political treaties, casual yet deep friendships, even familial bonding has brought the two races together for centuries. Over the ages the Elven race has divided into three major tribes, each having migrated to a different geographical region. Each tribe has become the keeper of their own domain.
The surface Elves, referred to as midlanders by their Deep and Arial cousins, are the most common elven tribe in the known world. They are separated into even more factions, each adapting to the differing terrains and climates of the world, The Surface Elves have as many different kingdoms as the humans, ranging from the Ice Elves from Crystalfellen in the north to the Desert Elves found near Khenbia.
The elves of the land are few and far between now, most of them exterminated during the rise of Iltheria. The remaining survivors wander the world as memory-keepers who have made it their mission that the world forever remembers the pain and blight brought upon the realms by the Iltherians. They are storytellers and teachers of lost lore, guiding the new generations as the broken world is rebuilt in order to avoid the darkest time of history from repeating itself.
The Deep Elves of Thar’Nandria, with their bruised, violet-grey skin and lush white hair, have chosen to protect the ley lines that are the main sources of mana. They have taken to the deepest cores of the world and keep the monstrous creatures of the dark from escaping and terrorizing the realms above. The Deep Elves are of a noble nature and often have surface cousins and friends come down to their homes as honored guests, offering them a getaway from the surface world.
Due to centuries of life underground the Deep Elves have become accustomed to their subterranean homeland and its proximity to the ley lines. Their vision is nothing short of excellent in the deepest of darkness and they are capable of blending in and out of the shadows without effort. These abilities make them deadly adversaries to their enemies in the underworld despite their frail nature. They do have difficulty seeing in the light, so they try to stay in their underground home except on moonless nights.
The Arial Elves from the overworld of Lunalia, with their teal complexion and pale gold or silver hair, are members of the tribe that chose to make its home in the skies. Ignorant folk of the surface realm tend to think the Arials live on the clouds or simply sleep on the air. More knowledgeable loremasters recognize the Arials as an ancient Elven socity that has taken up residence on the floating Isles of Arynthall and its nearby continent of Lunalia. The Arials, also known as Sky Elves, are a technologically advanced race which has mastered harnessing the mana from the ley lines in the atmosphere. With this source they sustain their mystical towns and grow forests and fields on their lands above the clouds.
The Arials have combined their mana-wielding enhancements with the mechanical aptitude of the Little Folk from the sky realm to create a wondrous transportation system of mana-powered flying boats. Similar to sea vessels, these airships were the main method of transportation between the surface and the sky realms until the Arials learned of the Iltherian Empire coming to power. In order to protect their realm the Arials docked, destroyed, or hid every ship they possessed, leaving just rumors of their existence on the surface.
The winged elves have learned much from the Little Folk that they share the sky with and have used that knowledge to construct fantastic creations that the surface realm can only dream of. They are much more used to the bright light of the sun and the shining stars than many other races due to constant exposure to the sky above. Like many winged creatures, the Arials are very quick with their feet on and off the ground.