Making their homes in the large forests of the land or in their great cities built during the Age of Magic, the elves of Southern Ohlm have been dwindling in numbers since the Age of Fear and are now uncommon. Elves, living up to 600 years old, still remember vividly the horrors of that Age and the huge hit to their population that it caused. Since the Age of Heroes many elves have decided to simply integrate themselves into the kingdoms of other races, rather than attempt to rebuild their own lost kingdoms. Those who wanted to remain independent found home with their kin in the forests, or in their ancestral cities that remained in their hands since the Fall.
Grass elves, sometimes known as city elves, are often the most commonly seen of their kin. In ages past some of the wood elves abandoned their ancestral home of the forest and constructed some of the greatest cities of the Age of Magic. Living in these great cities, grass elves became more focused on learning and creating new things. As such their cities and structures are often built in a strategic position regarding their research. Perhaps it is built in a location that has a thinner Spiritual Wall, allowing it’s mages to research the different layers of the Spirit World easier. Else a grass elf community may be located high in the mountains, where they have a clear view of the stars. Regardless of their reasons, the grass elves are found across the Physical World, even in the most remote places. Grass elves have the racial traits of high elves in the Player’s Handbook. Grass elves often have pale skin, with an occasional red tint. Their hair can be any common human hair color, however, it’s often blonde or light brown.
Far more reclusive than their cousins, the forest elves dwell in the wilds of the Physical World. Forest elves are often more concerned about their traditions and maintaining the balance of nature than they are with growing empires or the affairs of the other races. Nearly every large swath of trees in Vriem is home to a community of forest elves. Often forming a relationship with the fey that live there, the forest elves protect the forest from outsiders, and they protect the outsiders from the forests. Maintaining the balance between urbanization and natural chaos, the forest elves can be quite aggressive to those who enter their domains with ill intent. However, they are fiercely loyal and compassionate to those they befriend. Forest elves have the racial traits of wood elves in the Player’s Handbook. Forest elves often have tanned skin, some even darker shades of brown. Their hair can be any common human hair color, however, it’s often black or dark brown
Deep Elves, or Drow, dwell far beneath the surface of the world in the vast caves and long forgotten Elemental structures that makeup the Underdark. Imprisoned. Having been forced to flee to the deep places of the world after the Rampage of Thunder. Cast aside, the deep elves took up the demon lord Hundana, the Lady of Wrath, as their patron. Determined to eventually return to the surface and reclaim what they lost.
In a major setback during their first attempt at reclaiming the surface, Hundana was confronted by Izan. Who bound her with the Chains of a Thousand Memories in Asiij-inladee, a massive and wicked cathedral on the seventh tier of the Twin City.
The years of living in the darkness below the world, and manipulations of their patron, have altered the Deep Elves’ appearance. Their skin is much more translucent than other elves or humans, and lack pigmentation entirely. However the tissue below the epidermal layer has a faint deep-purple hue. Thicker areas of skin (chest, arms, back, legs) are deeper (darker) purple as the light diffuses more the farther it penetrates the skin, while thinner areas like the hands and eyelids are slightly more vibrant and lighter. Upon close inspection, one can actually see the entire spiderweb of dark-purple veins beneath the surface of the skin.
Meanwhile, their ears are larger than surface dwelling elves—amplifying their hearing. In addition, the larger size allows them to be used similar to whiskers, letting the elf know when they may be about to hit their head on something and they can sense changes in the normally-still underground air currents. Alerting them of danger, or prey. Else their appearance isn’t too dissimilar from other elves or Pure Elves. Though they tend to have much sharper angled features than their kin.