Grey-Elves (the Grafyr)
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The Grey-Elves of Corwyn, or "Grafyr" in their native elvish tongue. These are the rarest, oldest, and wisest of the elvish sub-races on Corwyn, and by far, the most reclusive. Nearly all the Grey-Elves have either died or sailed off Corwyn to Eryn Norvë in the Fourth Age. Grey-Elves are said to be the closest kin to the ancient Elder-Elves or "Silvar-Elves" of Corwyn that founded the realm of Ectharë in the First Age. The few remaining Grey-Elves now reside in the Elf-realm of Antharë, deep within the Vesarivon Forest. Few humans or dwarves have ever actually seen one. Grey-Elves make up only about 1% of the elvish population in western Corwyn, and usually shun even other elves.

APPEARANCE


Grey-Elves resemble High-elves in terms of their facial features and their pale white skin. The largest distinction is in hair and eye color. Most Grey-Elves have either silver, gold, or white hair. Grey-Elves have eyes of either amber, gray, green, or violet. They are also tall for elves, being about 5 1/2 to 6 ft tall, and, like all elven races, have a wiry, slender build. They like to wear elaborate tunics but in neutral tones of gray, white, silver, or green. Grey-Elves are strikingly handsome by human standards, even more so than other elves.

OUTLOOK


Aloof and cautious, Grey-Elves are usually un-involved in political events on Corwyn, and have very little contact with other races. Isolated in their realm of Anthare. Grey-Elves generally get along with other elves, though they fear that the High-Elves of Melinarë are overly generous and a touch naive. Grey-Elves look with disdain upon the Wood-Elves, whom they see as barbaric by elven standards. Perhaps not surprisingly, Grey-Elves as a race are generally chaotic in nature rather than lawful. They value individual accomplishment and rights over the demands of society.

HISTORY


After the destruction of the Elf-realm of Ectharë; the race of elves split into three sub-groups. One groups was the Grey-Elves, who traveled far to the west, and settled the realm of Wyntharë, which meant ‘West-Home’ in the Silvanestri tongue. The elves of Wyntharë were the most reclusive and powerful of the three groups. Their mastery of magic knew almost no bounds, and some say it surpassed even the greatest of talents of the Saar and the Council of Sorcerë. These western elves eventually evolved into the Elf race known today as the Grey-Elves, or ‘Grafyr,’ of Corwyn. Their skin was pale, their hair silver or gold, and their eyes were bright amber gold, pale grey, or even a deep violet purple. These elves were the shyest of elvish races and found no joy in even the smallest contact with other races, and had such meetings only rarely. The Grey-Elves that founded Wyntharë were led by the beautiful Queen Ariel Alessarë, who had been a powerful mage in Ectharë. The Grey-Elves founded the Veiled Throne of Wyntharë, although only two elves at upon it. Little else of their exotic culture is know today, except that the Grey-Elves built a marvelous civilization far in the Westvale, with secrets still unknown today. By the tenth century of the Third Age, the Grey-Elves of Wyntharë became restless and for reasons unknown, yearned to return to their ancestral home of Eryn Norvë. Over the centuries that followed nearly all of the Grey-Elves of Wyntharë left the shores of Corwyn and sailed back west forever. The Grey-Elves were led across the Wyn Myr by King Ajathar Alessarë, also a descendant of the Elf-kings of Ectharë, and the only son of Queen Ariel. Within less than five-hundred years, the entire region known today as the Westvale was abandoned by the Grey-Elves, leaving their beautiful city of Wyn Falas empty and abandoned. This city and the lands surrounding it eventually became inhabited by early tribes of humans called the Iskari, and eventually became the human kingdom of Cyrendar in the early Fourth Age. The few remaining Grey-Elves that remained on Corwyn settled far to the south of the Westvale, in a region known today as Antharë, a deep forested enclave of the Grey-Elves. Wyntharë remains the least understood and most mysterious of the ancient lost civilizations on Corwyn. The symbol of the Grey-Elves of Wyntharë was a silver ship, surrounded by a ring nine silver stars, on a pale lavender field. The Elf-realm of Wyntharë encompassed the territories of what are today the realms of Cyrendar and the Elf-realm of Antharë.