THE WOOD ELVES
Raciall Learned Skills
Members of the Wood Elf community rarely commit crimes, and treachery is rare and considered by far the worst crime.
Wood Elves rarely live more than 500 years as often they end up dying protecting nature or their homes or kin. While they respect life greatly as do all Elves, they are more willing to sacrifice themselves in a just cause without fear or regret.
Normally there will be only one Wood Elf City in a forest with it’s own King. Wood Elf cities tend to be small, usually in the 10,000 – 30,000 population range, although smaller permanent towns and villages are not too uncommon. It is extremely rare for a Wood Elf town to be much larger. Normally Wood Elf towns and cities are tree houses in old growth forests with platforms and ramps and rope bridges connecting the houses and shops. It is possible to pass underneath a Wood Elf City without ever seeing it in the trees above your head.
Most Wood Elves gather in small bands of 100 to 200 members, where the best warrior is usually the leader. Few Wood Elf tribes use any other kind of hierarchy. The leader is usually titled Prince or Princess and tribe members are free to leave the tribe or form another tribe if they disagree strongly with their leader. The tribe must be safe and in no danger though. Such bands or tribes of Wood Elves are hunter gathers and often have a hunting range rather than a permanent or semi- permanent camp. It is common for Wood Elves to maintain base camps in empty caves or a few tree huts on their hunting grounds as well as some sort of defensible strong hold.
Wood Elves are not particularly good in crafting, construction or any activity of this sort, as much of their time is spent developing combat weapons and styles. Wood Elves are really good with the bow and the sword. They usually wear leather armor, because they preferring Fencing to Sword bashing. They are stealthy Wood Elves also do nice riders, since their friendship with animals can make them get the collaboration of most creatures, even magical ones. Wood Elf Maid Unicorn Light Cavalry is legendary…as is the Stag Light Cavalry.
The Wood Elves are generally content to ignore others as long as they respect nature and do not intrude upon Wood Elf Territory. Hunters and trappers who hunt and trap to survive might be tolerated on their borders, but those who hunt and trap for sport or profit killing and killing and killing would find themselves in serious trouble. Same for lumberjacks, those who came and took only what they needed might be tolerated, but anyone trying to clear-cut would find themselves at war with the Wood Elves. Wood Elves generally prefer to ignore other races. Those who make a habit of invading Wood Elf lands or destroying nature (such as Orcs) should (and DO) fear them. Such a person or creature would be lucky to barely survive an encounter with a wood elf tribe.