The elves, being as graceful and in tune with nature as they were took to the forests of the realm, making it their homes. The great forest Manadh Calad, known as the Dark Forest by the non-elven races, was where the majority of the elves took up residence. Dark Elves lived along the forest floor, much unlike their High Elven kin. The Dark Elves built almost no cities at all, but rather lived inside the trunks of hollowed trees in small villages, hiding amongst the darkness of the forest floor below. The elves often separated themselves based on blood. All elves, especially High Elves, thought themselves the supreme race and have always refused to have relations with any other race, purposely secluding themselves inside the giant forests of the realm. Any elf who was known to have relations with a non-elf was shunned by their people and often times referred to as a “Mud-Elf” and anyone who showed sympathy for these elves were shunned as well. To have a child with a non-elf was one of the upmost blasphemous crimes an elf could commit; the offspring of such a match were often times called abominations by the elven people and were banished from all elven cities and villages along with their parents. Thankfully, the Dark Elves are not quite so harsh with this as their High Elven brothers are. When the war began, the elves were the most resenting in joining forces with the others; however they had little choice in the matter if they wished for any chance to survive. While many elves fought in the war alongside the others races, countless of them were forced to flee from the war, many elves were forced to take up shelter inside of the city of Barkamsted and in this many conflicts arose in the city between the elves and other races for the first several years of the city’s development. Eventually, after many years of internal conflict things have died down quite a bit and there are now many half-elves living in the city along with a large influx of human elf relations, however there are still many elven families who live in the city that refuse to treat any other non-pure blood elf as an equal. Discrimination amongst the elves is still a prominent issue today.
Dark Elves in contrast to their ‘Cousins’ are shorter in stature, approximately five to six feet tall. Like the High Elves, both genders reach sexual maturity around 25 years old as well as adulthood at an approximately 30 years old, though tend to have a shorter lifespan of approximately 200 years before expiring. Dark Elves are just as depicted by their name, dark-skinned. Their skin greatly varies how dark the tone of their skin, ranging from ashen-grey tones to completely onyx depending on which family they belong. While it rarely happens that their hair are naturally dark in shade, light grey and white are by far the most common found in their society. Unlike the High Elves whom possess greatly varied eye colour, a Dark Elf will always be born with red pupils of seemingly random intensity. Observations has so far included maroon, pink, crimson, lava and burgundy, although many other types of red exists outside of our observations. Unlike their cousins, the Dark Elves possess powerful bodies while retaining the same amount of agility and flexibility. They retain similar traits such as long ears, but are completely incapable of utilizing magic, highly in contrast to their cousins. To date there is yet to be a Dark Elf capable of magic. Instead their senses are vastly superior that of a High Elf, with an additional ability to see clearly in darker areas without the need of light.
Additional notes: Their lack of magic is perhaps the most interesting aspect the Dark Elves possess. This combined with their slightly more bulky frames and heightened senses make for excellent scouts stationed in the wilds. They also possess the same cosmetic traits and incredible metabolism as their cousins, making them suited for long stays outside city walls.
Dark Elves as a whole worship both Kinos, god of the earth and seas, and Perities, god of the hunt. However unlike the High Elves they did not often construct shrines to Kinos, they would simply give thanks to him often when gathering from the forests floors. They did much the same to Perities, giving thanks to him upon successful hunts.