One of the oldest races still active in the world, the elves are often seen as grace personified. There are three major subraces of elf: high, wood, and drow.
High elves are more devoted to the pursuit of artistry and arcane magic, as well as swordplay as a form of art. They are often seen as aloof (at best) by other races, but they do not exclude other races from their scholarly endeavors. High elves are often curious about other races, wondering about their potential, though this is not always in a positive light given the decline of elven prominence. High elves tend to either dwell among other races or in enclaves for themselves, typically veiled by powerful magics. These enclaves may be in primeval forests, or among high mountain peaks. High elves are sometimes called silver elves, also.
Also referred to as Sylvan Elves, Wood Elves do live in forests as their name might imply, but this is not the only clime in which they can be found. The wood elves are generally drawn to the ruined cities of a race they refer to as the “Creator Races.” Scholars imagine that they refer to one of the races of the First Ones, though there has been no corroborating this. Wood elves seem to see it as their duty to watch over these ruins. They have been rather tight-lipped as to why. They do not regard the ruins as holy, though they are not terribly excited by the prospect of people wandering about them. This is chiefly due to the fact that the elves themselves live there, however, than any apparent reverence.
Wood elves and high elves tend to measure their age in relative terms, specifically in seasons. While they record the roll of years typically for the purposes of history (and are aware of their own numerical ages), they generally refer to themselves as being in a “season of age” rather than a strict numerical value. Elves in the Spring of their lives are youths, including what elves would consider “young adults.” Summer elves have come into their own and have begun to master whatever their lives’ pursuits might be. This is also often when an elf may leave his or her home to explore the world outside. Elves in the Autumn of their lives tend to look to settle themselves somewhere. This may mean a return to their home or finding a new one, as well as the formation of a family. An elf in the Winter stage of his or her life has generally retired from the world at large. He or she may serve as a teacher to younger generations, or may live in seclusion. Arrangements for death are made at this time and many elves look to pass down whatever they’ve learned over the course of their lives before the end of their “winter.” Wood and High elves also worship Luna, though they know her as Corellon, and may or may not switch the deity’s gender, typically depending upon the elf speaking (or, at times, they will simply acknowledge Corellon as androgynous, as there are a number of elves who are also). Wood elves, it should be noted, are more likely than their high elven kin to refer to the god as Luna. High elves almost unanimously refer to Luna as Corellon.
The last subrace of elves is the Drow. These elves are black-skinned, white-haired beings that live in the Underdark. They are a sadistic, evil race of elves who have a great disdain for their surface-dwelling kin, as well as the other races of the surface. They possess a natural affinity for arcane magic and work in close association with monstrous spiders as well as other beings that dwell in the Underdark. Their society is matriarchal and the drow are sworn to the service of the Queen of the Demonweb Pits, Lolth, a dark goddess of spiders, poison, and patron of the dark elves.