Fortune: An Open Range Campaign
The elves are the original inhabitants of Sil’ela. It is from their language that the name for the land comes, and they have lived here since the dawn of time. The elves may be the oldest race, and were able to thrive before the Draconic Purging due to their isolation. The elves were divided into tribes, based on family connections and geographic location, though much of the boundaries have shifted since settlers began to expand east, causing unrest is some areas. The elven tribes worship the earth (called Bira in their language) and the sky (called Cira), though many tribes tend to focus on one or the other.
Elves have long names, which are bestowed upon them by the eldest tribe member present at their birth, and based on any significant natural event that occurs during their birth. Elves often consider the speaking of Elven around outsiders to be an affront, and often go by the common translation of their name (normally no more than 3 words representing their full name) while away from their people. An elf’s name tells the story of their birth, and is often a point of pride (see Elven naming conventions.)
The way an individual views outsiders is usually a byproduct of the tribe in which they were raised; some tribes are open and welcome to all those that come in the name of peace, while others are mistrustful of anyone outside their tribe, especially non-elves. These more intolerant elves refer to non-elves as Ia which, roughly translated, means “child of nothing”. The elven tribes are nomadic, with large tracts of lands that they travel across as the seasons change.