Though basically similar to mortal men in most ways,
Elves have several important, if subtle, differences. As a
race, they are taller than most Humans, although slender.
Elven men have no facial hair, and as a rule, they are fairer
and have less body hair than Humans.
The Elves revere the Gods and many know their nature well. Still, they have no formal religion; instead they show their respect through poetry and song and gather to celebrate life and the gifts from on high. This respect for the way of things is largely tied to their acceptance of their close ties to the Fate, although much of it also stems from an understanding and joy regarding the creations of nature. There are three types of Elves: Wood Elves, Grey Elves, and High Elves. They all have the following special abilities: Cold Resistance: Apparently highly resistant to extremes of natural cold, their clothing is usually for decoration, camouflage, or, perhaps, modesty.
Disease Resistance: Their bodies are virtually immune to all bacterial and viral infections.
Immortality: Elves do not age or grow old. Thus, they are practically immortal (excepting violent death or as a result of a weariness of the world).
Rest Requirements: Elves do not need sleep. Instead, they receive rest through meditation involving memories, past events they recall with remarkable vividness. Normally they go into this trance-like state for approximately two hours each day (this restores Power Points as a normal night’s sleep). However, when pressed, they can function for many days with little or no relief (the restoration of Power Points still requires 2 hours of meditation). While in their meditative state, Elves are extremely difficult to awaken; they rise at a point previously decided.
Night Sight: Elves are able to see on a star-lit or moonlit night, as if full it were daylight. Their vision is restricted with less light—with any light source, they can see 50’ perfectly and 100’ fairly well. However, in absolute darkness they are no better than Men.
Superb Hearing: Their sense of hearing is also superb (+10 to Awareness maneuvers involving only hearing), and no doubt accounts for the Elven skills with music. Their reverence for song is unparalleled and has affected their language and way of keeping precious records. The Elves were first to use spoken words and have taught the other races of the gift of speech. All of their speech has a musical quality when spoken properly, lending itself well to verse. Elven Bards, then, have had little trouble in maintaining the histories and epics of their race as a collection of wondrous songs and spoken poetry.