Races of Telus

Humans

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Elves

Sun Elves / Tahali

By far the most numerous subrace of elves, “sun elves” or Hallyn show the greatest variance in stature and physical appearance. Most commonly found in the nation of Llyntiroedd, they can also be found in the Imperium, Perlereik, and Khariya. Very few live in the Shards east of the Spine of Telus, but enough crossed the mountains before the Rebellion that a few families of pure Hallyn exist in those nations, though most have interbred with either the Seryllyn or Sylvan and favor one tradition over the other.

Sun elves generally speak Haliniath (or “elven” as Imperials call it) and Imperial Common. Generally speaking they share the base traits assigned to elves, but individual variations do occur. Socially speaking, they are the norm in Llyntiroedd, and accepted minority in Perlereik and Khariya, a respected foe in the Imperium, and a rare oddity in the Shards. Of all the Western races, the Hallyn have the greatest love for their absent gods, and most sun elves are open Contritionists.

  • Favored Racial Archetype: Base elf
  • Starting Languages: Haliniath, Imperial Common
  • Favored Religion: Contritionist, generally revering the union of the Artist and the Doctor
  • Relations: Friendly with most of the Western races save for Imperial humans, who regard them as honored foes.

Star Elves / Seryllyn

Adherents exclusively to the Artist among the gods, the “star elves” or Seryllyn hail mainly from the region west of the Sylvanwood known as Llynariel. They tend to be tall and graceful, with fair hair and features. Their speech and manner is lilting and precise, shaped in large part by their cultural emphasis on the arcane arts. Their cities tend to be shining alabaster monuments, with tasteful ornamentation enhancing the otherwise minimalist designs.

Star elves have their own dialect of Sylvan, called Seriliath, which though intelligible to speakers of Sylvan is better suited for expressing abstract concepts without reference to physical phenomena. The arcane influence on Seryllyn culture has led to a society which favors artistic and scholarly mindsets, though variations do occur. More so than any of the other Shard races, the Seryllyn tend to be Rejectionists, and it was this willingness to abandon the gods that sparked their deepest conflicts. While their relations are generally cordial with the other Shard nations, star elves are hated on sight by the dwarves of Altreik and the wood elves of Llynveyl, which has pushed their society toward an insular and excessively inward-focused path.

  • Favored Racial Archetype: Tower Elf
  • Starting Languages: Seriliath, Shardspeak
  • Favored Religion: Rejectionist
  • Relations: Friendly with most Shard humans and gnomes, but deep-seated enmity with dwarves and wood elves.

Wood Elves / Goeddellyn

  • Favored Racial Archetype: Savage Elf
  • Starting Languages: Goediath, Shardspeak
  • Favored Religion: Contritionist, reveres mostly the Doctor
  • Relations: Friendly but distant with dwarves, hates star elves, and generally untrusting of most humans

Moon Elves / Draori

  • Favored Racial Archetype: Dusk Elf or Drow race
  • Starting Languages: Undercommon
  • Favored Religion: No special preference, but cultural reverence for the Mother and the Artist
  • Relations: Feared by other elves, hated by dwarves, generally unknown to the other surface races

Dwarves

Children of the Stone / Steindvergar

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Children of Iron / Jarndvergar

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Children of Ice / Isdvergar

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Children of Night / Duergar

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  • Starting Languages: Undercommon, Dwarven
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Halflings

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Gnomes

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Orcs

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Races of Telus

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