By: Eros Rex Elven Emperor
The first thing that a Mortal should know about Elves is that we are ELVES not Mortal. This is important to know because even though we may look alittle like the Mortal and although we are humanoid and have much in common with Mortals we are VERY different. We have a much closer bond with the creation force, and are more in tune with nature. We also have a stronger spiritual / mystical bond with the Deities that we worship our Gods will often speak with us directly. That is because the Elves do not believe that Gods exist, all elves KNOW that Gods exist and that is a very different thing. We do not Worship or Gods, we list to them and obey if it is within our nature to do so, for we know that for a god to appear before us is no small matter and for tells the coming of evens that change lives and alter Elven History.
As far as Elves know we are the symbol of civilization, we have always written our history and although fragmented and lost as times, we have no record of elves behaving as savages. We do not like to kill our own we prefer the debate as is spawns enlightenment for all. We will kill others if we must or to survive but no elv takes the taking of a life lightly, but we do as we must and never look back.
Because we are thus we often laugh at mortal attempts to become civilized. We do not think ourselves better then mortals, we know that we are different and it bothers us that they do not seem to realize this.
For example Our "Leaders" are not leaders as mortals see leaders but as elves see them. To elves leaders are really just superior organizers and are respected for their ability to manage large groups of independent freethinking elves. No elv would ever follow a leader that he could not respect, for us it is that simple. We Bow to the person, not the office because it is the person that makes the office great not vice-versa.
Elves are also a very independent sort, we are equally at home hunting alone or in-groups. We do not need each other like Mortals do, we LIKE each other and can see great benefits in being organized and staying loyal to each other. Contrary to popular belief we Elves are not cold-hearted emotionless beings. We are a people that have been put through much and have survived all. We are very passionate about the lives we lead and proud of the things that our race has done. Elves are also very protective of their helos Mortal or otherwise. We believe that all races have a right to exist.
To Become an Elv:
To enter the Kingdom of all ELSe is not an easy thing and you must be sure that you wish to walk the path. To become an elv you must first seek out an Elder and ask him/her to sponsor you into the guild. The Elder will then spend some time getting to know the you, after this and on the word of others that have met the elv during this time. The elv is then introduced to the Emperor, joined to the stone, given the rank of Squire and shown the homeland. This is a very special time in a young elven life, over the next seven logins or more the Squire is trained to be an elv. When this time has past the Squire is ready to serve a Lord, becoming Elven a true elv. A young elv may be referred to as a lad or child (male), shela, child or lass (female).
Rights of an Elder/Fellow:
A fellow is any elv that serves the realms, fellow is an informal word for friend. Any elv ranked Lady or higher is an Elder, many elves use Elder just as Mortals use the words Mr. or Ms. when formally addressing another. All Elders have say in their government and are encouraged to speak their mind. As long as an Elder is not deemed to be rude they will always have a voice. All elves also have a vote on issues that the Council deems fit for a vote. Elves have the right to do as he pleases if he harms not another elv.
We elves have two ways to resolve enternal or external disputes. Any elv may evoke "right of court" or "right of combat". In either case BOTH parties must agree on the proper forum to resolve their difficulties. If neither party can agree then Both agree that the matter is not important and thus will be forgotten.
Right of Court:
If both parties agree then court will be held. Elven court is different from Mortal Justice. Only the involved parties, witnesses, and legal counsel are allowed to appear before the Royal. A Royal in the court system is either a Royal or his Seer (Advisor) may act as a Royal and preside over court. In Elven Court there are no objections allowed to testimony. Each person gets to speak uninterrupted for 3mins, during this time only The Royal has the right to interfere and ask questions. The counsel from each party may then have 2mins to question the person testifying. Once done The Royal may either render a verdict immediately or ask for a 5min retreat and then give verdict. All agree before hand to do as the Royal rules and to stand by the decision of the court. This is a great role-playing tool and is encouraged to be used instead of a duel.
Right of Combat (a duel):
If both parties agree to this more primal form of justice then the fight is held on Elven ground for all to see and witness. The rules are simple the fight is to the death or until one party recalls. If someone recalls out they are declared the loser of the match. If the loser of the bout dies then justice is served. If the loser recalls he must agree to pay the winner to keep his head. The sum can't be less then 1k nor more then 10k, to be determined by a Royal depending on the rank and title of the losing party.
LOGINS: The Elves does not reckon time the way Mortals do, To us their night is simply a darker form of our eternal day. Elves reckon time by Sleep the time between a Logout and a Login is Elven Sleep and the time that we are "awake" in the realms is our Elven Day. "Lag" is referred to as "Storms" or "foul weather".