The true origins of
the Erithians are shrouded in mystery and magic. What
is known for certain is that their recorded history
on Elanthia began about fifteen hundred years ago, ca.
3600 of the Modern Era. The journals of that time relate
that a small population of their people was somehow
transported to this world through some great magic,
of which the details are unknown. Their legends say
that they were placed here by the Arkati - commonly
by Fash'lo'nae himself - either intentionally or through
some divine shifting of the planes; though many, considering
the powerful sorcerers and wise mages of their people,
insist that it was through some powerful mortal magic,
either intentional or accidental. In more recent times,
some more practical Erithian thinkers have theorized
that perhaps they are some distant cousin of Elves,
long separated from the main bloodlines, who settled
in the mountains many ages ago and, for some unknown
reason, were nearly exterminated and chose to destroy
their past history and shroud it in legends of magic
and divine intervention. Perhaps there is some basis
in fact to the opinion of some that they were put here
by the Gods, but the true story of their origins will
probably never be known.
The Erithi are slightly taller
and thinner than humans, (about 5'6" to 6'6")
with slightly pointed ears and almond-shaped eyes, usually
with somewhat vertically 'slitted' rather than completely
round pupils. They are not as lithe and quick as elves,
though many believe them to be related to elves and
those with no knowledge of their race often assume them
to be somewhat odd-looking half-elves. They are neither
muscular nor fast, but are hardy and deceptively tough,
and resistant to damage and extremes in weather. They
live about 300 years on average, far longer than humans
but much less than the elves. Erithians have overall
light coloration, ranging from nearly translucent pale
white skin to almost any shade of fair - rosy, alabaster,
ashen, sallow, even slightly tanned, but never dark.
Their hair is also light colored - never darker than
a steely grey or titian, and usually lighter - and commonly
silver, white or grey even in youth. Both genders are
often balding or with just a fringe of hair, males more
commonly, though they are rarely completely bald - high
foreheads or a fringe of hair worn long are more common.
Their eye color ranges from nearly crystal-clear to
medium brown, often shades of grey, blue, green, or
golden, and again, never dark.
Famous Erithian: Ertaia Selem,
Tirathi & Eliko Atelecha
Did you know? Many believe Erithians
to be related to Elves. In fact, those with no knowledge
of their race may assume they are rather odd-looking
half-elves. While there are many diverse opinions, the
origin of Erithians is, however, unknown.
See also: Erithian
People of the Sky, Erithian Clothing: A Guide, Erithian Tea Ceremony.