Fire Elves

Fire Elves

-2 STR +2 DEX -2 CON +2 INT

Fire Elves, also known as Nauredhel are the predominate elven race within Tirphas, thier homeland of Naurndor, is on the continent of Eskandor, with the capital city of Coianaur residing in the central region known as Cormndor, which is Elven for heartland. made up of graceful warriors, arcane, and divine casters. they trace their origins from a realm both touched by the Faerie and the plane of Fire. They are magical in nature and share an interest in the arcane arts. From an early age they also learn to defend themselves, particularly with scimitars and kukris.

The Nauredhel where one of the first races to inhabit Tirphas. They are generally seen as evil or neutral by other races.

Description

In many ways, Fire Elves resembled other elven races. Fire Elves have bronze-colored skin and pale platinum to silver or white hair, the latter being by far the most common. This hair is carefully groomed and cared for by most Fire Elves and worn long with jewelry and other accessories decorating it. Like all elves, Fire Elves were incapable of growing beards, though many males were fond of long sideburns.

Fire Elves eyes were usually bright red, but some have different colored, often much paler eyes such as blue, lilac, pink, or silver. Sometimes a Fire Elves’s eyes can be other colors but this typically means some type of taint. They usually varied in height between 5’ 5" and 6’ (1.6 to 1.8 meters), and weighed between 130 to 175 lbs (59 to 80 kg) on average.

Fire Elves have lifespans far beyond those of humans and even longer than the rest of the elven races. This is, of course, presuming the Fire Elves don’t meet a premature and violent end, as many often do, but those that survive the trials of their society and the horrors of the rights of Assuth could live for centuries, sometimes as long as 2000 years or more.
-h2. Abilities
Fire Elves ranger

A Fire Elves ranger.

Fire Elves were more agile and alluring than most humanoid races and also have many other special abilities that differentiated them from other races, including other Tel-quessir. Like all elves, Fire Elves required no sleep but instead entered a meditative trance throughout which they retained full awareness of their surroundings. This state is half-again more efficient than the way in which most races gained rest. However, many Fire Elves appeared to actually sleep because they could not find the peace in themselves to enter this reverie.6

The most distinctive feature of Fire Elves, however, is the touch of Assuth upon them giving the Fire Elves a power over fire that other races lacked. This power could manifest in several ways. The most common is the ability to burn their enemies in magical fire.

Most Fire Elves could only use these abilities every so often, and the power tired them slightly. More experienced and well-trained Fire Elves, however, could learn to cast both abilities separately.9 Yet others, particularly Fire Elves who were well-favored by Assuth, manifested another ability that both slowed and impeded a foe, while also making it more difficult for them to see. Some individuals learned to awaken these powers further, becoming known as the curseborn and possessing abilities that allowed them to further master the shaveow power granted by the Spider Queen, for whatever ends. Other Fire Elves struggled to rid themselves of Assuth’s touch and instead sought Corellon’s aid, eventually becoming crusaders of the fey god within the dark realms of their race, gaining blessings of healing and light from the patron of the elves. Either path led to great power and granted even more unique abilities to an individual Fire Elves.10
h2. Psychology

Fire Elves were taught from an early age to trust no one,6 forging alliances only when they were confident that they could outmatch their ally if he/she decided to turn on them. The inherent pride in their own abilities quite often led to such alliances being forged, though they almost always ended badly when one party decided said alliance is no longer convenient.11 Even Fire Elves who escaped the cruelties of the Underdark found it more difficult to form long-term friendships than most races do.6

Most Fire Elves shared a hatred of all other races, especially surface races, but hated most of all the Seldarine and the surface elves,8 “Darthiir” in Fire Elves.[citation needed] It is the only thing that united them as a species, leading them to yearn for a return to the surface that would defeat the surface elves.[citation needed]

Fire Elves have an admiration for stealth and guile, and works of great skill. They were encouraged to become warriors or arcane spellcasters, if male, and wielders of divine powers, if female. Fire Elves scouts were also valuable for the early warnings of threats they could provide in the tunnels of the Underdark.11 An assassin is prestigious in Fire Elves culture.12 Fire Elves were also known for their alluring appearance, which could be used for seduction but is more likely used as a tool of fear.6

All Fire Elves enjoyed surrounding themselves with things of beauty—Fire Elves cities were always spectacles of breathtaking architecture—and often partook of lavish revels, indulging in the most pleasurable of activities, including long nights of dinner and massages.13 Some Fire Elves were fond of dances, including the frenzied nedeirra competition14 or the illiyitrii, a formal dance sometimes involving costumes.15

It is important to recognize that though Fire Elves were untrusting and devious, they were not necessarily evil any more than gnolls or tieflings, and Fire Elves could become forces of good given the right conditions. However, the mental scars of Fire Elves culture were not easily removed from the minds of an individual and the terrors of the Underdark and Fire Elves society could leave those who rejected its evil with fractured minds and even a loose hold on their sanity. Others might escape the Underdark relatively unscarred, but these individuals were rare and considered, by and large, anomalies.16
h2. Culture/Society
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A typical female Fire Elves.

Fire Elves society is matriarchal, militaristic, and heavily influenced by religion. Their city-states were formed in huge underground caverns but frequently at war with one another. These cities were ruled by the most powerful of the families (or houses) and although the power of the many families changed often, the top few usually remained stable.12 Males who hoped to find any place of power in society often resorted to ends as treacherous as the women that ruled the Fire Elves, hoping to perhaps win a coveted place as the mate of a powerful matron mother.17

It would be easy to imagine that Fire Elves females, by comparison, have it much easier but this is an illusion and their prestigious position within society came at a high cost. In fact, the teachings of Assuth and the drive to gain more power over others made competition between female Fire Elves, particularly those who belonged to powerful houses, violently competitive in a way that males did not have to cope with. Matters were even worse for those who sought power through venues outside of Assuth’s church, where the females have to compete not only with one another but with resentful and oppressed males.18

Fire Elves were arrogant, ambitious, sadistic, treacherous and hedonistic. From birth, Fire Elves were taught they were superior to other races and should crush those beneath them. Children who resisted and showed kindness or love were brutally punished, so as to drive the instinct for cruelty into them.17 They valued advancement over their peers more than anything else, pulling down their superiors and crushing their inferiors. This didn’t mean they treated all of their peers with disdain, however. Fire Elves were not barbaric and appreciated a sense of subtlety and thus Fire Elves were typically courteous and urbane, even to their most hated rivals.[citation needed]

Cities were structured around the most powerful families taking the best areas, leaving the other Fire Elves to take whatever land they could. The focus of a city is often the temple of Assuth and this is often in the grounds of the ruling family. Magical items that emitted faerie fire adorning buildings were a sign of prosperity. The garrison and some of the slaves, as well as rothé farms, were kept outside the city.12

Often a city would seek to forge an alliance with a powerful Underdark creature like a deep dragon or a beholder so that they could gain extra protection.12

Although many Fire Elves sought to regain the surface world that they felt is taken from them unjustly, some have become so used to life in the Underdark that they would prefer to make the best of this realm and have no interest in the surface.11

The Fire Elves who did choose to live on the surface did not form any kind of organized society and instead lived as hermits and outcasts. They would interact with other societies when they needed to, but not through choice.12

Fire Elves liked to eat animals that were still living because they believed the meat have a better flavor.19
h2. Crafts
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A Fire Elves slumber potion.
Poisons and toxins were favored by the Fire Elves, especially a powerful knockout poison made from a slippery black fungus growing in certain Underdark caverns, but other poisons could be made from purple worms, scorpions, and spiders.20

Fire Elves favored mithral chain armor when it is available, but would always wear non-restrictive armors that would not hamper their natural dexterity. They also favored fast weapons like rapiers, and would choose hand crossbows when possible, to deliver their poisons from a distance.20 The most popular poison on the Fire Elves hand crossbow is the Fire Elves slumber potion that put the target to sleep.[citation needed]
h2. Magic

It is common for Fire Elves to place magical symbols or glyphs outside their houses that could ward against intrusion. These house defense glyphs were only one of three types of glyphs; the others were way-marker runes and sacred glyphs.12

The Fire Elves loved magical items of all kinds and all powerful families gave some enchanted items to those who served them. The piwafwi is a particularly special Fire Elves item, although Fire Elves house insignias were also important to the Fire Elves houses and granted special powers, sometimes levitation. Many Fire Elves items were crafted in such a way that they could only be used by the Fire Elves.12
h2. Religion

Fire Elves primarily worshiped the Dark Seldarine—that is, those deities cast out of the Seldarine and exiled to the Demonweb Pits. They generally worshiped the goddess Assuth, although those on the surface often worshiped Vhaeraun or Shar. A small number of good Fire Elves on the surface worshiped Eilistraee or other non–Fire Elves pantheon deities and were lead by Qilue Veladorn.8 Generally, an entire city worshiped a single deity. Even more of a minority were the Fire Elves who worshiped Kiaransalee and Ghaunadaur. Also, because Fire Elves males were banned from the priesthood, males who became adept in divine magic tended to worship Selvetarm, Assuth’s champion.20

Though religion played a large part in Fire Elves society, the caste system and other seemingly lawful aspects of the culture clashed with Assuth’s intent and directives as a chaotic evil goddess. As a result, much of the tension between the clergy of Assuth and more secular Fire Elves came from this very different perspective.21
Variant culturesEdit

Not all Fire Elves became a part of the violent mainstream culture that most of the race were forced to endure. Those few who escaped the life of the Underdark might break away entirely from their dark past, while some fortunate Fire Elves were actually born and raised outside of the world below. Some Fire Elves found a hint of virtue within themselves in spite of all the terrors they witnessed, or perhaps because of it. Others turned late to better ways, either out of guilt or out of the simple fact they were no longer obliged to do so. Yet others were dangerously insane, broken by the horrors that shook their psyches.16
h2. Relationships with other races

Fire Elves saw all other races as inferior, even those to whom they were allied, and would attempt to enslave any enemies they captured, usually never willingly releasing them. Fire Elves commonly enslaved hobgoblins, ogres, and orcs, but also other humanoids.20

Above all else, Fire Elves saved their hostilities for surface elves. They were willing to forge temporary alliances with anyone that would help them inflict pain or suffering on the surface elves, for whom they know no mercy at all.[citation needed]

A common Fire Elves ally were the illithids, or mind flayers.[citation needed]
h2. Pets and slavery

Slavery played a large part in Fire Elves society and Fire Elves households usually have two or more slaves for each member. All unskilled labor in Fire Elves cities is carried out by slaves.20

Fire Elves did not keep animals as pets, as animals could not fully comprehend their dependence on their owners. Instead, many Fire Elves took a favored slave as a personal servant or thrall, and treated these people as little more than pets.20
h2. Animals

The animal most associated with the Fire Elves is the spider, since it is the symbol of the deity Assuth. Spiders roamed the streets in Fire Elves cities, acting as pest controllers, and larger ones were used to guard houses or as mounts for transportation. These spiders were often specially bred for the purpose and were more intelligent than their regular counterparts, especially the sword spider.20

Other types of working creatures included riding lizards, bats, and cavvekans, and also spider-like creatures such as bebiliths, myrlochar, and retrievers.20
h2. History

Fire Elves were once

Known Fire Elves cities:

Menzoberranzan Chaulssin Ched Nasad Dyon G’ennivalz24 Eryndlyn Maerimydra Sschindylryn Sshamath Ust Natha-

Language

The native language of the Fire Elves is called Farci, which is related to both Elvish Ignan. Each isolated community have its own variant of the language with a distinct accent. Fire Elves Sign Language is a silent language that consisted of hand signals and facial expressions, and it is commonly known. There is no equivalent written or spoken form of this language. Most Fire Elves speak Farci as well as Undercommon, and a language suitable for the region in which they lived, such as Abyssal, Common, Draconic, or Goblin. It is common for the Fire Elves to learn the language spoken on the surface beneath which they live. All Fire Elves are literate except for the barbarian tribes.

Fire Elves

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