Half-Elves: From Outsiders to Heroes
Half-Elves in Relation to the Other Races
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The Illistim and Ardenai tend to be the most accepting of
half-elves. The Illistim have been less intolerant because
of their scholarly traditions and in fact, the human Aramur
Forean, eventual leader of the Black Wolves, was educated
in Ta'Illistim. The Ardenai are the least haughty of the elven
houses and traditionally serve as emissaries to the other
races. The scheming Nalfein often find half-elves to be valuable
tools in their endeavors. While the Nalfein hold little respect
for those not of pure blood, half-elves often serve as important
contacts within the less-desirable portions of society. Half-bloods
can also often easily effect simple disguises to pass as either
human or elven, which comes in handy for intrigue of various
sorts. The elves of Ta'Loenthra are traditionally quite haughty
and have little esteem for the "lesser" races, which
includes elves "polluted" with inferior human blood.
The Vaalor elves remain the most intolerant in regard to half-elves
and are often almost violent in their distaste at the mixing
of the races.
While the Ardenai and Illistim are mentioned as less intolerant,
half-elves in those cities are still second-class citizens
and usually shunned by upper society. The aversion shown for
half-bloods by all elves is often exhibited on the premise
that it is a disgrace to elvenkind that any elf would so lower
themselves as to couple with a human. Half-elves are visible
reminders that some have done so. Their existence also preys
on a rarely admitted, lurking fear among many elves that humans
are not as inferior as commonly believed and that they can
be attractive and even worthy mates.
The sylvankind in general tend to be more accepting of half-elves
than the Elven Houses, but much of this is due to the fact
it is extremely rare to find half-elves within the core sylvan
communities. Sylvans are extreme isolationists, rarely allowing
human (or any other) visitors within their cultural centers.
Sylvans who venture forth from their home communities are
those most likely to have mixed-blood progeny. While these
half-sylvan children are not shunned by their society, they
are never admitted into the Guilds.
the Dhe'nar and the Faendryl are notoriously arrogant and
usually exhibit extreme disdain for half-elves. A half-blood
child in Faendryl society is very likely to meet with an "accidental
death" soon after birth or even be reported as stillborn
to protect the secret. Like the sylvans, the Faendryl are
isolationists and half-blood children are usually only born
to those Faendryl who travel away from their city and even
then only in the rarest of circumstances.
The Dhe'nar have their own private breeding program to maintain
the purity of their bloodlines and it is strictly enforced,
on pain of death. The Dhe'nar tend to view half-elves in general
as flawed and contradictory to their sense of perfection.
There have always been exceptional individual half-elves who
have managed to gain some modicum of acceptance with the Faendryl
or Dhe'nar, but they are far from the norm.
Humans generally do not discriminate between the various categories
of elves. To most humans, an elf is an elf and in their eyes,
a half-elf is just another elf. Unlike in the Elven City-States,
discrimination against half-elves is codified into law in
the human empire. While the elves tend to be overall more
snobbish in their attitudes towards those with mixed blood,
half-elves living in the human territories often face much
worse living conditions based on their legal status.
Half-elves in places like Tamzyrr are often no better off
than slaves. Cities like Lolle and Solhaven have stopped enforcing
Chaston's Edict when it is in their interest to do so and
half-elves can find a bit more acceptance, though never full
integration. Elstreth also tends to be more tolerant due to
the valiant assistance given by Voln members of all races
who have fought alongside humans against the Horned Cabal.
In the early 5000's River's Rest became a haven for unsavory
types and those who did not wish to be under the thumb of
Imperial law and thus many half-elves have migrated there
While some districts may be less restrictive towards elves
in general, half-elves still find themselves in a unique and
uncomfortable position most of the time. Half-elven longevity
adds to their sense of otherness when raised among humans.
This can be a cause of jealousy or even fear among the humans.
Most humans also retain at least some of the deep-seated hatred
of elvenkind because of the troubled past, and this is reflected
in the treatment of half-elves within human society.
dwarves tend to stick to their clans and are not very forthcoming
with anyone not dwarven. They are a practical people in matters
of trade and if there is a silver to be made, the race of
the others involved in a transaction is rarely of particular
concern. This generally disinterested outlook extends to the
typical dwarven view of half-elves. The worst that can usually
be heard is a muttered comment about "clanless mutts."
The exception would be the Kanshael dwarves who have taken
on many of the attitudes of their Dhe'nar masters and view
half-elves with a noted distaste.
The giantkin for the most part take others as they come and
judge each person on an individual basis, rather than by their
race or social standing. The giantkin are no different in
this regard when dealing with half-elves. The individual physical
prowess, store of knowledge, or merchant skills of the half-elf
is much more at issue than their mixed-race parentage. The
one major exception is that many of the T'Kirem Bear Clan
will not look with favor on anyone culturally or racially
associated with Turamzzyrian humans, due to the long war with
Imperial armies in the Shartenal mountains.
Halflings are not terribly biased against half-elves, though
not particularly warm either. They tend to be more akin to
the giantkin and dwarves in their regard for people of other
races as individuals. Halflings of the three tribes often
hold some residual animosity towards anyone with Ardenai blood,
even if it is only half. The Paradis halflings are inclined
to be more accepting of half-elves, especially of those with