The Realm of Feror
The Elven Lineages
Like the Dwarven Aristocracies, the Elven Lineages still wield considerable influence over their members and the city-states. They do not claim descent from any deity; the eldest among them claim to have personally known many of the gods when they ascended, though these august figures are far away from public eye and scrutiny. The Lineages claim to have been the first in the lands to practice true magic, either learned from pacts with fey ancestors or uncovered after centuries if not millennia of trial and error. As such, many elves do not believe in the true divinity of the gods, though they respect their power. Few elves are ever clerics or paladins of any religion, something which would make them outcasts to the city-state governments if their knowledge and prowess wasn’t required so often. An elf’s lineage is determined by the season in which they are born; as such, elves are not as familial as the other races. The time of day also matters to the lineage, creating further stratification among elves referred to as the Duskborne and Dawnborne.
The Covenant of Autumn – The Covenant consists of the most pragmatic of the elves; they are concerned with upholding the laws that govern the many societies around Feror, and are considered the most trustworthy among all the ‘fair folk.’ Autumn Dawnborne are often public figures, leading by example as civil servants, lawyers and officers in the military. Duskborne are often diplomats and traders, strengthening civilization by forging connections among the many.
The Convocation of Spring – The Convocation are the most ‘stereotypical’ of the elves, at least to non-elves. They are concerned with tending to the natural world, preserving what is often beyond the walls of civilization. They are also considered the most aloof, as though cruelty is unknown to many great beasts, so too is mercy. The Dawnborne are often druids and rangers, dedicated to keeping the delicate balance in the wilds. The Duskborne often take more predatory approaches in maintaining the natural ways, serving as predators of those that would corrupt the lands
The Consortium of Summer – The Consortium considers itself the nobility of all elvish lineages, something that the others, for whatever reason, do not contend. They are the highborne, often ruling their own fiefdoms or districts and paying homage to the lords above enough tribute that they are left to do as they please with their own subjects. When peasants whisper that the elves were there to see the gods ascend, they say the Summer Court gave its blessing. The Dawnborne are the eldest among the Consortium, and often rule their domains with iron fists. The Duskborne are the first among servants, doing what they must to please their lords but superior to all others.
The Congregation of Winter – The Congregation are thought to be the worst among the Lineages. Among their number were many dubious firsts – the first warlocks, the first diabolists, the first conquerors. Other races often change their demeanor when they hear an elf say they are ‘of winter,’ and rightly so. The Dawnborne are among the most powerful magic-users in the land, making the most of the daylight to devour the knowledge in tomes and transcribe their own theories on parchment. The Duskborne are among the fiercest, most terrible warriors in the lands…and due to their respect for the combat prowess of others, often only of partial elf-lineage. Half-elves and Half-orcs may be Winter Duskborne