The Elves of Mythandar are much like those depicted in popular fantasy - fair, noble, magical, somewhat alien and very long-lived. According to legend (and their own traditions), the elves are the first born of the mortal races, given souls by the primal earth-goddess and endowed with Power. Thus they are known as the Elder Race. Once they dominated the lands north of the Inner Sea, from the west coast south of the Winterborne River to the ancient forestlands along the Varya (Easting) River. All of Elderwood, the Eastmark and Wildewood were the elven realms of Noldoran, Ealdas and Talquenos. As mankind spread north and westward and encroached on their ancestral lands, elven territory and numbers diminished. Now, they rule only the forested realm of Everwilde where non-elves are forbidden to enter except by leave of the lords of elven kind. There is an informal alliance between the Elves and the human kingdom of Anglamar established long ago by Thelron the Great.
Ethnically, all elves are of the same type - medium in height, slim and graceful, with greater speed and coordination than humans. They have the classic features: pale skin, narrow, handsome faces, almond-shaped eyes, pointed ears. They live far longer than men, 500 years or longer among the oldest High Elves, and are much more resistant to infirmity and disease. There are two bloodlines in the West. High Elves, the "nobility" of elven-kind, are among the tallest, with golden hair and gold or green eyes. Moon Elves (or Gray Elves) have black hair and eyes of palest blue or gray. The two groups intermingle with the characteristics of one or the other parent breeding true in their children.
Elves possess unique and extraordinary abilities - keen intellect, superhuman physical agility and senses, and natural magical talents. Though not immortal (nor immune to physical injury), they live for centuries, gaining experience and Power as they age. Elves are also Lawful in nature. They are basically good, adhering to the ideals of personal freedom, fairness and generosity. However, they have learned to be cautious when dealing with other races in general and humans in particular.
* Typically, an elven child will possess Weak Power, increasing to Typical at maturity and Superior in middle age (300 years or more). The eldest elves possess Power at Fantastic level or higher.