The long lived neighbors of man, Elves as most people know them are the ancient and enigmatic urban neighbors of mankind, their enclaves nestled within the beating hearts of many large urban cities. Unlike the jungle elves that are said to live as one with nature deep within it’s most secluded lands the Exiled elves are an urban race as much as humanity and enjoy the eminities of life within the beating hearts of civilization having lost their true connection to nature long ago, a fact that still saddens them to this day.
Physical description: Exile elves are tall thin individuals averaging around 6’ in height with pale skin and delicate features and white hair. Attire for Elves usually would be considered gothic with heavy uses of blacks and other dark shades the contrast their naturally pale complexion.
Religion: Most Elves worship the fey lord Oberon in some form or another as if nothing else the being who gave them a connection to the powerful magic of nature through the teachings of the fey. Outside of Oberon many elves follow whatever prophets suite their fancy or allow them more access to the societies they exist within. In the north some of the elves of the frozen lands follow Naki-Ono, Lord of winter and spite for her power over the bleaker seasons and the power she grants to smite those that have harmed them.
Rights of passage:
Mhu’star Chéad: Translated as “The First Foolishness” in common, Mhu’star Chead is an elven right of passage meant to mark the first time that an elf becomes too emotionally attached to one of the other races of the world and is inevitably hurt when they come to find themselves outliving their erstwhile companions, sometimes to such an extent that they are the only people alive whom remember them. When asked to describe Mhu’star to non-elves, it is often described like losing a beloved pet as a child and the first time you realize that your onetime friend will be dust before you have truly even begun to live. Many of those with little association find this rite of passage queer at best to offensive but to the elves it is considered an important part of life and a bonding agent that brings them together and teaches them the detachment they need in order to survive amongst people who are often as great as themselves but so fleeting in their time here. The events of a Mhu’star Chead very considerably from elf to elf with many elves seeking comfort amongst their friend an family as they concede to the wisdom of their age and ask for their guidance in how to cope with this hard epiphany. That being said many of the greatest tragedy’s of the Mhu’star Chead have become the stuff of legend with tales of elves desperate to return their loved ones to this world going to whatever ends they can reach to return them often with disastrous consequences filling many an elvish opera house and historical document. This event is said to be the true mark that an elf has passed on from the realm of childhood and begun to truly understand what it means to be an elf.
Elves in other regions of Oki: Rarely seen outside of the glass and steel green enclaves they inhabit, these children of Oberon are not often seen outside of them or their immediate surroundings. That being said these enclaves dot the Imperium, the Confederacy, and the other environs surrounding them. Here they act as controlled biomes often mimicking either the local environment or one to the colonies liking.
Elves in the Frontier: The immortal children of Oberon, the elves are a mystery to many of the peoples in this harsh working land. So far from their forested enclaves at the core of the Imperium, there is little this far from their cloistered homes that would interest these pure blooded elves. Combine this with their winnowing numbers and the inherent danger of the region the likelihood of seeing one is rare.
Classes: Elves are often fond of classes that focus on their aptitude for magic and help them alleviate their weak constitutions. That being said nature magic holds a special place of reverence amongst the elves and feel a certain kinship and longing to understand the powers of nature.
Cleric: For those elves to whom the path of druidism is out of reach and the teachings of the witch are not an option often become clerics, preferring deities that give them sway over the forces of nature, magic, or the human body. Favored deities include Oberon, Monad, Naki-Ono, or Sanguine.
Druid: The pinnacle of elven magic, druids are those rare elves with both the understanding of powers of nature and the rare ability to truly ask for the aid of these primal forces. The rare elves blessed with the capacity to wield this rare gift are looked upon with awe by their peers often being elevated to positions of power and authority.
Oracle: Another alternate to Druidism, Oracles are viewed as conduits of nature divine, selected by nature incarnate to enact it’s mysterious plans. Elven oracles are often oracles of Ancestors, Lore, Nature, Wood. Particular note should be made of the Lore Keepers, Oracles who catalog and document the endless history of the elves.
Sorcerer: The scions of the immortal, elven sorcerers often rise due to the powerful magic flowing through the blood of most elves or as the products of rare dalliances with creatures they associate with, usually the fey. Though all bloodline types are possible the most common are Fey, Arcane, Celestial, and Draconic. Special mention goes to those who carry a Verdant bloodline which is both incredibly uncommon and highly sought after with many elves believe those carrying verdant blood to be the closest to true druidism.
Wizard: Not as common amongst the fare folk as some of the other magic classes, wizards still hold a prominent place amongst their hierarchy, seeking to study the nuances of arcane magic unfettered by the need to invoke patrons or call upon nature to control their magic. That being said many elven wizards practice lignumy or control over the element of wood, using arcane power to manipulate nature around them.
Witch: The backbone of elven arcana, witches are of the highest social standing amongst elven culture revered for their connections to their mysterious and often fey patrons. These arcanist are said to have a connection to the first world and the fey and through that the true power of nature many of them long to reconnect with. Second only to a true Druid, witches often fill the highest echelons of elven authority with many clan homes often run by a witch, wizard, or oracle.
Unfortunately the elves have found themselves severed from this connection to the powers of the natural world with no full blooded elf in memory having access to them. Thanks to this many elves go the path of the witch, often seeking patrons representing nature or the power of the wild. Much of this magic has been past down to them from the capricious denizens of the First World, the enigmatic fey, these strange beings seem to have an odd kinship with the elves and seem to be one of the only sources of primal magic the elves are still able to access. They also represent a large number of Oberon’s priesthood using the reverence to this powerful fey to bring them closer to nature. Outside of those they are also one of the most likely races to spawn oracles of nature or fey blooded sorcerers.