Campaign of the Month: January 2013
DANgerous Kalamar 4
Wood elves are jovial and friendly with their own kind and those they have accepted as friends. They are guarded and suspicious of strangers, and they do not give their trust easily. Wood elves enjoy celebrating holidays and playing musical instruments.
Where high elves have pale skin, aralarai boast dark skin that nearly matches the bark of the trees where they live. Their hair ranges from platinum blonde to chestnut brown and occasionally has a touch of auburn among the lighter shades. They dress in browns, greens and grays and wear jewelry only for special occasions. In general, wood elves find jewelry impractical. Wood elves do not sleep. Instead, they spend four hours each night meditating. This functions exactly like the high elf trance.
Male 4'2" +2d4 (inches) 90 lbs x (1d6) lbs
Female 4' +2d4 (inches) 85 lbs x (1d6) lbs
Wood elves prefer to live apart from humankind. Conflicts with other races have caused this desire for isolation. Wood elves tend to view lone strangers as scouts for larger groups of intruders, and large armed bands as raiders. Humans have been the worst of these invaders, and wood elves tend to shoot them first and ask questions later. Wood elves are likely to interrogate dwarf trespassers before deciding their fate, while they assume gnomes and halflings to be relatively harmless. They speak their own language (both High and Low) and make certain to understand the language(s) of any neighbors, whom they monitor closely. They consider learning a human language a necessity because of the global influence of human cultures.
Large groups of wood elves live in the Lendelwood, the Brindonwood and the Edosi Forest, but smaller bands live in almost all major forests. They sometimes live with smaller numbers of high elves, and many individuals have friends or allies among the fey creatures of the forest.
Wood elves primarily worship the Mother of the Elements, but The Bear, The Guardian, The Great Huntress, The Coddler, The Watcher and The Shimmering One all have followers among them as well. They generally avoid The Landlord, The Overlord, The True, or the other lawful gods (finding their faith too restrictive). Evil wood elves worship the Seller of Souls, the Creator of Strife or The Confuser of Ways.
Wood elves are versatile and individuals might adopt most any adventuring class. As fighters, they make superb archers, both accurate and quick. Wood elves also make sly rogues, skillful rangers and rugged druids. Their wizards are practical, preferring versatile spells to indiscriminately blasting fireballs, and their clerics are earthy folk who understand how best to use their wisdom to guide folk through daily life. Wood elves do not often become sorcerers. Those few who do usually have at least one other class, as well.
“I call them brown elves. They hate that.”
- Grarg Stoneskull, half-orc adventurer and self-proclaimed “sage of the people.”