Appearance and Biology
Elves are a humanoid race distinguished by their pointed ears, and slight builds with little sexual dimorphism. They are one of the taller races. They are a long-lived race, much like dwarves, living about five times as long as Tall-men. They have the highest magical energy limit among all the races.
Elves tend to be seen as secretive and incredibly guarded toward their magical secrets. There have been times when people of other races have disappeared after learning the secrets of the elves. They don't tend to get along very well with other races, especially orcs.
The elves of the west are ruled by a queen, who has been ruling for at least 20 years. She is described as a traditionalist who does not recognize the existence of mixed-blood children. During the gala celebrating the 20th anniversary of her coronation, she gave out small crafted confections (about 2cm in size) called lyrikmumuare', the shapes of which show what blessing she gives the recipient - for example, a rose means 'be virtuous', a pigeon means 'serve dutifully' and a strawberry means 'with affection'.
Among the elves of the west are a group known informally as the Canaries, whose mission it is to investigate and take control of dungeons that have surpassed a certain danger level. This ties in to the elves' belief that shorter-lived races are like children who need to have dangerous things taken away from them.
Some time in the past, the dwarves and elves were at war, with each side creating more and more advanced technology, culminating in a great disaster. Both the dwarves and the elves were afraid to have a repeat of this mistake, so any relics left behind after the war found by other races are quickly confiscated. The Island is a remnant of one such war, which had split the island in two halves, east and west.