race_elves.jpg Left to Right: Drow, Wild Elf, Sun Elf, Wood Elf, Moon Elf
Type Humanoid
General Alignment NG, CG, CN
Typical Languages Elven, Sylvan, Regional
Habitat Semi-Urban, Urban, Wilderness
Subraces None (Elven Subrace)
Deities The Seldarine

Moon Elves

Moon elves, also known as Teu-tel'quessir in their own language and rarely called silver elves, are the most common of all the elven races. More tolerant of humans than other elves, moon elves are the ancestors of most half-elves.

They have fair, cool-toned skin1), and hair of silver-white, black, or blue; human-like colours are somewhat rare. Their eyes tend to be shades of blue, green, or grey, with gold flecks. Moon elves vary in height between 5 and 6 feet, with females generally a little shorter and slighter than males.

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, beading, 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 coloured the better! Hair is often worn in braids or ponytails, twined with wires or beads. Moon elves sometimes wear body paint or tattoos in mystic patterns, though not to the extent the wild elves do.

Moon elves are more impulsive than other elves, and dislike remaining in one place for any significant amount of time. Most moon elves are happiest when travelling, 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 are. They do not isolate themselves from human lands behind impervious defences. Moon elves have watched humankind for longer than their sun or wood elven kin, and they know that non-elves aren't as foolish and unimportant as other elves may 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 through sheer wanderlust. They desire to see and do everything possible during their long lives. Moon elves believe that a single person of good heart who stands up to injustice and 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 elves travel light and often, rarely staying in the same place for more than a season or two before moving on.

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 as 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 of art styles, including paintings and sculpture. Moon elves are fond of games of chance and gambling. Drinking, feasting, and revelling are all a strong part of their social culture.

A more serious side to moon elves emerges in times of trouble. Moon elves are just as skilled with weapons and magic as their fellow elves, 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 often 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 of two of the wiser or more experienced family heads tend to carry the day. In times of danger, the band chooses and elder or war-leader to see them through the peril.

Moon elves were numerous even in the most ancient times, but in the earliest days of the elves they founded no cities or kingdoms of their own and dwelt instead among their other kin. The only one of the ancient elven nations that the moon elves could truly call their own was Orishaar, which was defeated in -11200 DR by Ilythiir.

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 hidden refuge of Evereska in -8600 DR, and many moon elves populated the glorious realm of Cormanthyr, founded in -3983 DR in the woods of the Elven Court. One by one, the old elven realms faded away, until the fall of Myth Drannor in 714 DR left Evereska as the last moon elf city in Faerun. Many moon elves 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 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 other elven races.

Many moon elves who did not heed the Retreat remained in Cormanthor and the Dales.

The largest populations of Moon elves in Cormanthor dwell in Deepingdale, particularly in the elven villages of Bristar and Moonrise Hill – both once part of Semberholme but absorbed into Deepingdale proper. The Deepingdale's largest town, Highmoon, also boasts an elven population living among the humans and half-elves.

Some moon elves live at the very north of the Cormanthor, in the village of Elventree, near the Moonsea coast. Others dwelt among their Wood elven kin in the Tangled Vale, until the destruction of Tangled Trees, and yet more remain scattered through the dales living among humankind in other towns and villages throughout the Dales.

Moon elves favour the worship of all the Seldarine (though they are less likely to follow the more wilderness-oriented deities unless they have chosen a ranger's or druid's path), and it is the Moon elves who believe most strongly in Angharradh, the Triune Goddess.

Some moon elves who have grown up in, or spent much of their life in, predominantly human communities might choose a 'human' (rather, Faerunian) deity for their patron, though many retain the worship of elven gods and simply pay lip service to other gods as well.

Their joints are described as sometimes being blue-tinted, indicating a cool tone to their skin, though they are not actually blue-skinned.