One of the readers of the blog asked if I could write something about Elves. I haven’t met a real live elf in this lifetime yet, but my half-fae’s father was an elf, so I know about them from those memories. Because I’m elvin half-fae, I’d love to meet up with some elf-types some day. Sadly, I probably won’t be able to because they don’t like humans much.
Most elves don’t have a lot of magic, although they’ve produced a couple of strong wizards who got pretty famous a long, long time ago. Langoureth’s brother Myrddin was a really amazing wizard, but he was an exception.
Usually, an elf will have a special talent for one kind of magic, and that’s it. One of the most common magic types is being able to enhance the properties of a non-magical object. This can make an arrow into a super-arrow by making it faster and more accurate. But they still have to shoot it from a bow–they can’t make it fly by itself or anything. This talent appears to only work with natural materials. Trying to make a microwave work better wouldn’t work because of the plastic and chemicals. An elf with the right magic can also give a warrior some extra strength, which explains why elvin Warriors are so darn strong even though they’re not muscular.
Even though they could magically enhance other things, they usually stick with making better weapons. I guess people’s choices about their stuff can tell you a lot about them if you pay attention.
The Dragon Tenders and Farmers can communicate with animals with their special ability. It takes a lot of magic to become a Dragon Tender. My friend James (who was Myrrdin in a past life–yeah, it’s complicated), says that Dragon Tenders don’t really talk to animals, they just send them pictures and feelings. Because we all know animals can’t actually understand language, right? Not even fae animals like dragons and pixies.
The other two kinds of magic that are most common among the elves are for healing and tracking. Really good trackers apparently like to become Assassins because Assassins are really respected in their culture. That’s not at all true for Healers.
Healers don’t get much respect from the rest of the elves because most of them are women. But they’re in high demand because the elves get into a lot of wars and are big risk-takers. They’ll hunt something dangerous just to show off how strong they are if there isn’t any war to get into.
What else can I tell you? Well, elves don’t like humans. And they really hate people who have a fae parent and a human parent because they want the fae bloodlines to stay pure. I’m not sure that’s true of all the elves, but the majority of the elves have to do everything their Elders tell them to do or they’ll be whipped, put in jail, or maybe even killed. Their government is not nice. I don’t think most elves would risk talking back.
Elves live in large communities, and they like having a lot of shared social events. Family is really important, and kids are kids for a long time. An elf isn’t considered a grown up until their thirtieth birthday! But that might be because they live to be over a hundred. Some of the current Elders are even close to two hundred.
The compounds have big group dinners every night, and there are lots of group gatherings where the elders talk–mostly to tell everyone how to behave. Sometimes it’s a party with contests like sword-fighting among the warriors, and the common people (who do all the work while the guys at the top blab) get to cheer on their favorites. That part of it sounds kind of exciting, but I’d skip the “conform, or else” speeches, thanks.
I know people are worried about the elves because some of the bigger compounds have been nasty to humans who try to visit. I hope that with elves being so much like humans we could get to know each other better and get along. Plus, elf-guys are hot :-)
Let me know if there’s anything else I left out that you want to know about!
Tanji Ross, Sorceress
Three Months, five days after Fae Day