Campaign of the Month: January 2013
DANgerous Kalamar 4
The doulathan are the tallest of the elves. Their skin resembles that of high elves, although with a more golden tone. (“Gray” sums up their emotional state, rather than their coloration.) Their hair colors run light and their eyes are blue, green, brown or gray. On rare occasions, a gray elf has black eyes. Gray elves, unique among elven cultures, often have beards in their old age. Younger gray elves can grow them, but consider them horribly unfashionable. Gray elves do not require eight hours of sleep. They need only four hours of meditation, just like high elves.
Male 4'8" +2d8 (inches) 95 lbs x (2d4) lbs
Female 4'6" +2d8 (inches) 90 lbs x (1d4+1) lbs
Gray elves do not consider other races equals. They respect the dignity of lowland dwarves, tolerate high elves and ignore most other races. Gnomes can be annoying, especially the ones fond of practical jokes, while half-orcs are offensive. They treat hobgoblins with some respect, usually because they show the same in return. Gray elves pay no attention to halflings (when they must, they are generally condescending).
Doulathan cities have more stone and fewer trees than those of other elven civilizations, and their governments are similar in complexity to human nations. Gray elves live all over Tellene, but their greatest concentration is in the city of Doulathanorian in the Edosi Forest. Individuals live throughout elven lands, preferring the company of other elves to that of the “lesser” races.
Gray elves consider themselves the trustees of ancient High Elven. Among the elves, they speak it exclusively. They speak Low Elven to other races. They typically learn to comprehend a human tongue or other popular regional language in order to understand strangers better, though they are loath to speak in such barbaric tongues.
Gray elves favor worship of The Eternal Lantern, The Peacemaker, The Pure One, The Founder, The Mule, the Eye Opener and the Fate Scribe, with the largest following belonging to The Pure One. Their attitude toward others and their choice of religion might seem a contradiction. How can a race that holds others in disdain worship a goddess of love? The dichotomy is easily explained; they love other races in the way that a human might love its pet dog.
The desire for knowledge usually prompts a gray elf to take up a life of adventure, but experience in the real world or boredom can motivate them as well. A sage might become a mercenary, for example, so that he can write a book about the military organization of Korak. Wizards are their favorite class, and gray elves excel in the arcane arts. Their desire for knowledge and self-awareness leads a few to the life of a monk. More typically, they become clerics, fighters and bards. Less commonly, adventuring gray elves are paladins, rangers or rogues. Gray elf druids are rare, sorcerers very rare, and if there is a gray elf barbarian, she is probably unique.
“We were here when the world was young, and we will be here when it is old.” – Grey elf saying