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The Sylvan Elves

Sylvan or Tawarwaith in Sindarin (also called Wood-elves, Woodland Elves, or East-elves),

"These are not wicked folk. If they have a fault it is distrust of strangers. Though their magic was strong, even in those days they were wary. They differed from the High Elves of the West, and were more dangerous and less wise. For most of them (together with their scattered relations in the hills and mountains) were descended from the ancient tribes that never went to Faerie in the West."

                                                                                                                    —The Hobbit, "Flies and Spiders"

These elves are often stronger than other Tel-quessir, but were frequently less cerebral than the moon and sun elves, who put a greater value on education. For the Sylvan folk, survival and coexistence with nature is the most valued asset. 

Sylvan elf or Sy-tel-quessir or Wood-elves are known to be one of the most populous of the elven races. In several realms these elves long ago voluntarily split off from the rest of their kin, preferring instead to live out their lives in Nature's embrace beneath The Wilderness rather than to build villages or cities. 

As it is expected over their recluse behavior, sometimes they can clash with the High, Moon, or Sun elves, due to the woodlands elf brunt personality. However, the current relationship with their neighbors is known to be pacific.

Many of these elves are religious and worship the same Deities as their High elven cousins, which might be one of the reasons to see them wandering around Faerndil. 

Their relationship with the local wolf pack is rumored to be tumultuous, but they are more than often willing to work together in the interest of the Wilds. These elves see themselves as guardians of the woods and do get along in harmony with wild creatures and the enchanted forest folk, as well as with the fae.

But be aware as you cross The Wilderness:

The Sylvian elves and the wild creatures that live among them do not like trespassers that are there to abuse their privileges in the forest, especially hunters who do not respect nature´s course and over-hunt. Though the wood elves can settle things with debate and often do not lead in violence, do not confound their calm with passiveness: they are highly trained in combat, have sharp hearing and incredible eyesight, know their territory quite well, and how to use it in their favor.

Although proud folk, wood elves feel that compassion is a virtue of strength and are less concerned with expansion than they are with maintaining amicable relations with their neighbors. In The Wilderness these people are not nomadic, and instead, they are organized into a carefully concealed village united under a collective survival goal. There is yet no known hierarchy at the current camp, but they have leaders that step up in time of need. 

Suggested known characterístics (but absolutely not enforced):

Wood elves are easily identifiable by their coppery sunburnt skin and green, brown, or hazel eyes. Wood elven hair is usually recognizable too by the bright copper red, but black or brown locks are also commonly found. These tend to dress in simple but sturdy clothes, with fewer bold colors in a greater number of earth tones that blend into their natural surroundings. Accustomed to a harsh, naturalistic lifestyle, wood elves can be seen most of the time wearing leather armor, even when they were not under immediate threat. They are roughly identical to other elves in height and build, although stronger over surviving in harsher environments. They are also known for being skilled druids, hunters, and rangers and for training animals to be hunting companions. 

(If you would like to add to the elven lore contact Deathly Fright or Ammy Zimberman) 

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