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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Aquatic elves


Hi my dear friends. I hope everyone is having a great day! Today we journey into elven land or should I say the elven sea. Sea dwelling aquatic elves who live peacefully and avoid all contact with other races. I loved working on this posting I found this elf species to be quite interesting read. 
 
Wikipedia Aqua Elves

Aquatic elves (also called sea elves and Alu'Tel'Quessir in their own tongue[1]), are water-breathing cousins to land-dwelling elves. They live amid the waves and the ocean depths with allies such as dolphins and whales. Aquatic elves fight underwater with tridents, spears, and nets.

Description

Although they are of the same subrace, aquatic elves from the Great Sea have a different appearance to those from the Sea of Fallen Stars. The former have deep green skin, mottled and striped with brown. The latter have blue skin with white strips and patches. Both groups are robust and tall with long limbs, and long, thickly webbed digits. Their hair is usually thick and somewhat stringy, and can be blue, black silver or even occasionally red. The most unusual feature is the gills visible in their necks and over their ribs[2].

Sea elves are either lightly clad or wear no clothes at all. Their clothes are formed from underwater plants, in blacks, browns and greens. Warriors clip their hair, but other sea elves wear it long and flowing[3].

A certain type of mutated sahuagin, called a malenti, look like aquatic elves and occasional infiltrate sea elven society.[4]

Aquatic elves are isolationist by their physical nature, and by choice – though they are not quite as reclusive as the wild elves. They trust only themselves, their clan, and no others. They cannot understand why the surface elves do not understand that community and alliances mean survival, whereas rivalry and factionalism means death

The aquatic elves merely want to maintain their colony in Lake Sember and protect Semberholme as part of the deal[1]. However this caution is tempered with curiosity and sea elves can spend much time secretly observing the land bound races.

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~Aquatic Elves~
The Sea Elves of the Oceans

Few people have ever seen the Sea Elves,
but they are as numerous as their landbound cousins.
They partrol the deeps of oceans and large inland waters,
holding court beneath the waves.



Aquatic Elves have gill slits much like elves,
but can also survive out of water for a short time by breathing.
Their skin is typically silver-green, matching seaweed.
Some possess a bluish tinge to their skin.


Their hair complements their skin and is green or bluish green.


The Sea Elves play an important role in the underwater ecology.

They serve to keep the seas safer for the inhabitants.

Aquatic elves keeps the devastation of creatures
as saguagin, ixitzachitl and sharks to a minimum.


Because they fear the terrible creatures of the deeps,
they work together with the dolphins to keep at least some areas safe.

They follow ships and protect them and the friendly sea creatures.

Seaside communities often punish people who hurt the Sea Elves gravely.




Aquatic Elf communities consists mainly of those sea elves that live in a 5 mile area. There is a titular king or queen whom they pay homeage, but he/she has no real power over their daily life.

Sea elves live as they please, coming together under a ruler only in times of trouble.


They have cities of living corals, supplemented with glittering crystal domes.

Their undersea paradise is marked by farmers tending schools of fish, 
and the peace you can only find beneath the waves.

Magic and religion


Sea elves are the least magical of the elven races, although they still have as many mages as human realms. Those who are spellcasters devote their long life spans to study and become extremely skilled. They have developed a range of waterproof magical items, and a system of writing underwater.

Most aquatic elves revere Deep Sashelas, an undersea god of knowledge and beauty. Some are known to worship Istishia.
Culture

Aquatic elven society is based on family and clan – and although females can and do wield power they are patriarchal. Noble families rule, but in a benign and loose fashion rather than with an iron fist. Families or individuals may own their dwelling but most other property is held in common. Such communal ownership means theft is almost unknown.


The majority of aquatic elves live in the Sea of Fallen Stars, and the Great Sea. However smaller communities can be found along the western coast and in Lake Sember.

A large community of several thousand sea elves exists around the island of Evermeet.

 King Elashor, residing in the city of lumathiashae (or "Mother of Pearls"), holds sway over this realm. The sea elves of this area defend Evermeet from the many undersea threats such as sahuagins and scrags.


Arts and Leisure

The special acoustics of a watery environment lend themselves to music, and sea elves are exposed to the eerie and beautiful songs of the whales and other denizens of the deep. It is not surprising that aquatic elven bards have a range of powerful and evocative songs.
History

Aquatic elves were the last of the elven races to reach Faerun, and have always kept themselves somewhat apart from their land bound kin. At first they were nomadic wanderers but gradually they began to form separate communities. Sea elves have had a somewhat warlike history. They attempted to stay aloof from the conflict, but this failed and the destruction and turbulence spread to their homes, driving some of the Great Sea elves north into (the Sea of Fallen Stars). 



I hope you all have enjoyed reading this fascinating mythology as much as I have on Aquatic Elves. It seems like the further in we journey the more we discover about the unseen world.

Thank you very much dear friends for dropping by

With love, from your Fairy Lady 






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