The Sanguine Harvest
The elves are a fair, lithe race of creatures. Physiologically elves have a far longer average lifespan compared to the other races, typically elves reach adulthood at their 100th year and can expect to live beyond their 5th century. Despite this, their forms are rather more frail when compared to a humans and they typically avoid endangering themselves in frivolous activity like sport.
This gives the other races the misleading notion that elves are weak and ineffective warriors. Those who have faced elves in battle know this is untrue. Their natural grace and fluidity of movement gives them impeccable balance and the centuries they have available to them to train makes their elite warriors the most precise swordsmen of any race. Additionally, all elvish warriors are trained in archery, and the ability to craft and accurately use a bow and arrow is expected from all elves before their 40th year, whether they intend to become a warrior or not. The cultural importance of archery and their centuries of training combined with their natural grace makes elvish archers the best of their kind. This is to say nothing of the powerful magic said to be innate in all elves.
Elves live in synergy with nature, the spirits of the forest and the souls of elves are inexplicably linked. Accordingly, the Elves of Mitleia reside mostly within the Xaurian Forest. Mostly, this space remains untouched by the expansive humans, the industrious dwarves and the brutish orcs. The Forest contains the only Elven settlement on the continent, known to the elves as Galadmír. The settlement is found to the south of The Powder Trail, the road connecting dwarf and human lands.
Trees are hugely important within elvish culture, none more so than Lothekû or the Tree of Life. It is believed that the life of all elves is linked to the existence of Lothekû, although the exact nature of this link isn’t understood by many. It is believed that a secret society within Galadmír known only as The Keepers, exists to protect knowledge such as this, even from other elves so that the truth never finds its way into irresponsible ears.
After nature and a sustainable lifestyle, the next most important thing within elf culture is art. Elvish dancers and muscians are held in high regard and elven-made musical instruments are prized possessions even among the Humans and Halflings (dwarves generally don’t care for music, “what’s the point of drums you can’t march to?”) Elves enjoy annual arts festivals where the best sculptors, dancers, musicians and performers gather in celebration.
Few elves choose to leave Galadmír, preferring to be close to Lothekû. Those that do report a vague sense of despair, but an almost magnetic sense telling them the direction the Xaurian Forest is to be found, this gives elves a fantastic sense of direction.