Moon Elf (Silver Elf, Teu-TelQuessir)
Regions: The Dalelands, Elf (moon), Evermeet, the High Forest, the North, Silverymoon, the Western Heartlands.
Racial Feats: Gift of Tongues.
Racial Prestige Classes: Bladesinger, Spellsinger.
The most common of the elven sub races on Faerun are the moon elves. They have fair skin, sometimes tinged with blue, and hair of silver-white, black, or blue; humanlike colors are somewhat rare. Their eyes are blue or green, with gold flecks. As far as the elves of Faerun go, moon elves are most like the elves presented in the Players Handbook.
Moon elves prefer to dress in rustic clothes of simple cuts and fashions that are nevertheless of fine and exquisite make. They adorn their dress with embroidered patterns, beads, and similar trappings, preferring earthen colors for everyday wear, hues that make it easy to conceal themselves in foliage. In places of safety or in times of revelry, moon elves enjoy dressing in bold colors – the more brightly colored the better. Hair is worn in braids or ponytails, twined with wires or beads. Moon elves sometimes wear body paint or tattoos in mystic patterns, although not to the extent wild elves do.
Moon elves have the life expectancy and age categories defined for elves in the Players Handbook Tables 5-4 and 6-5, but use the following random height and weight characteristics instead of those described on Table 6-6:
Template - Base height - Add inches - Base Weight - Add lbs
Moon elf, male ~ 4’10” ~ +2d10 ~ 90 lb. ~ X (2d4) lb.
Moon elf, female ~ 4’5” ~ +2d10 ~ 70 lb. ~ X (2d4) lb.
Although the moon elves were not the first elves to migrate to Faerun, they comprised the largest migration. Even in the ancient past their joy for travel seems to have been present, for they came to Faerun in great numbers indeed. The moon elves wanted to explore this new world rather than settle down, and so did not establish nations of their own for some time, preferring to settle in other elven nations, such as Othreier and Keltormir. The only one of the ancient elven nations that the moon elves could truly call their own was Orishaar, which was defeated in -11, 200DR by the Ilythiiri.
Following the Crown Wars, moon elves helped to raise many of the nations of the second generation of elven realms. Survivors of Orishaar, in conjunction with clans from other realms that had been destroyed during the Crown Wars, founded the secret refuge of Evereska in -8600DR, and many moon elves populated the glorious realm of Cormanthyr, found in -3983DR in the woods of the Elven Court. One by one the old elven realms faded away, until the fall of Myth Drannor in 714DR left Everska as the last moon elf city in Faerun. Many nomadic moon elf bands still roamed the great forests of northern Faerun, but no new elven kingdoms rose after the fall of the second-generation realms.
Despite the fact that only a single realm of moon elves has survived the ages since the Crown Wars, the moon elves have fared well compared to many of their elven kin. Content to gather in small, secretive, and relatively short-lived settlements or to simply wander across the wild lands of Faerun as their hearts call them, the moon elves have built few places worth destroying. When the Elven Retreat began, the moon elves were slow to heed its call, and even then answered the call in much smaller numbers than did the sun elves and other elven races.
Moon elves are more impulsive than the other elves, and dislike remaining in one place for any significant amount of time. Most moon elves are happiest when traveling, especially across the expanses of untrodden wilderness that still survive in Faerun. This is probably the single greatest reason why they are so much more friendly and accommodating to other races than many other elves. The do not isolate themselves from the human lands behind impervious defenses. Moon elves have watched humankind for much longer than their sun or wood elf kin, and they know that nonelves aren’t as foolish and unimportant as most other elves think. They feel that engaging promising human realms such as Silverymoon and instilling elven values and culture in these young lands is a better way for the elven race to survive and thrive than hiding away and avoiding all contact with ambitious, grasping humans.
Moon elves are drawn to adventure though sheer wanderlust. They desire to see and do everything possible during their long lives. Like their allies the Harpers, moon elves believe that a single person of good heart who stands up to injustice or evil can make a big difference. The typical moon elf adventurer tends to be a wandering protector of the common folk, not a dungeon plundering slayer of monsters.
Moon Elf Characters
More so than other elves, moon elves are drawn to a variety of paths. They have a great love of music and make excellent bards. Moon elves do not possess the depth of reverence for the Seldarine the sun elves do, nor the bond of nature of the wood elves, but clerics and druids are not uncommon among the subrace. Many moon elves are skilled warriors as they have long made up the bulk of the elven armies. But moon elves prefer stealth over strength, and often choose to become rangers or rogues instead. Finally, like all elves, moon elves are enamored of magic, and a great number take up the wizard’s arts.
Favored Class: Moon elves share a natural affinity for arcane magic with the sun elves, although they tend to be more impulsive with their spells. Unlike their more disciplined kin, moon elves frequently pursue two or more paths at the same time, combining the study of magic with the arts of the sword master or the rogue. Their favored class is wizard.
Prestige Class: The moon elves were the first to develop the bladesinger prestige class, and they have the most bladesingers of any the elven subraces. Moon elves often become arcane archers, as one might expect. Any moon elf adventurer of good heart who has a little experience under her belt is likely to become a Harper and often chooses to advance as a Harper Scout. Moon elves also make very good spellsingers.
Moon Elf Society
Moon elves are nomadic spirits who rarely settle down for long in one place. They are comfortable living among sun elves and wood elves, but just as often they live in areas dominated by humans, halflings, or even gnomes. Their homes tend to be simple, unassuming, and comfortable.
Moon elves are much less solemn and serious in their ways and actions than sun elves. Their songs and poems are lighter and often quite humorous; tragedies have their place but the moon elves prefer to balance such things with light hearted and often bawdy tales and songs. They also enjoy a wide variety or art styles, including paintings and sculpture. Moon elves are fond of game of chance and gambling. Drinking, feasting, and reveling are all a strong part of their society.
A more serious side to the moon elves emerges in times of trouble. Moon elves are just as skilled with weapons and magic as their fellow elven subraces, and do not hesitate to act if a situation calls for violence as a solution. Even in warfare, they try to find hope and humor, for it is during these dark times that levity and joy are most valuable.
Moon elves gather in loose bands, composed of a dozen or so extended families. Leadership is democratic; all elves of the band have a say in important decisions, although the voices of one or two of the wiser and more experienced family heads tend to carry the day. In times of danger, the bands choose an elder or war leader to see them through the peril. Moon elves travel light and travel often, rarely staying in the same place for more than a season or two before moving on.
Language and Literacy
All moon elves speak Elven, Common, and the human language of their home region. Their nomadic nature encourages them to pick up additional languages as they travel as well, and most moon elves can speak at least one or two additional languages beyond these. Common choices include Auran, Chondathan, Gnoll, Gnome, Halfling, Illuskan, and Sylvan.
All moon elf characters are literate, except for barbarians.
Moon Elf Magic and Lore
Moon elves crave magic like no other race (except perhaps their sun elf cousins). Arcane and divine spell casters alike are encouraged to push the boundaries of known magic and discover something new, adding to the moon elves’ collective magical knowledge.
Magic is not just a vocation for a moon elf—it’s an avocation. The joy in casting a complex spell or creating a potent magic item is as profound and all-encompassing as any great work of art or music. While the sun elves have a stunning accumulation of spell-lore, the moon elves engage in ceaseless experimentation.
Spells and Spellcasting
Moon elves, along with sun elves and a few wood elves, are the only elven subrace to still practice High Magic, although sun elves still make up the bulk of those practitioners of this potent form of magic. Moon elf wizards usually prefer to focus their learning on discovering new forms of magic and methods of spell casting.
Moon Elf Magic items
Creating magic items takes a long time and a willingness to stay in one place during that period. As a result, moon elf spell casters focus on creating less powerful magic items so they don’t have to “waste” valuable travel time sitting around building things, Sun elves in particular find this trait somewhat embarrassing, but moon elves are comfortable with their own less-than-obsessive interest in crafting magic items.
Common Items: Boots and cloaks of elvenkind are among the most popular items by moon elves.
Moon Elf Deities
Moon elves worship the Seldarine. A moon elf identifies with all the elven deities, but usually choose one as a patron deity above the others. Unlike their sun elf cousins, many moon elves worship the elven deity Angharradh, who they believe to be a melding of the three goddesses Sehanine, Aerdrie Faenya, and Hanali Celanil. The moon elves view her as equal in power to Corellon Larethian, who is often regulated to the status of a consort. Moon elf religious ceremonies are exuberant, joyful, and loud. Even deeply religious moon elves recognize that some ceremonies and festivals are simply excuses for revelry.