Peoples of Tòlanar #13: Ralnafòr (Painted Elves)

RALNAFÒR (Elf, Painted)

[RAL-nah-fohr]

The most commonly seen of all elves, the Ralnafòr are also the most open and friendly. They have no compunction about traveling in the world outside their lands, and they do so much more often than other elves.

Male Ralnafòr
Male Ralnafòr

While at first they may seem aloof and arrogant, a glimmer of true self can be learned with a little effort. Ralnafòr know the value of friendship and alliance with the other good races of the world. However, they are not always easily befriended. Many Ralnafòr are cautious about trusting the shorter-lived races; quite a few learned to distrust humans and dwarves in their younger days. Thus, although Ralnafòr serve the cause of good, one can never be sure of what the reception from them will be.

Ralnafòr are very pale, their skin having the color of new cream. However, they cover themselves in extensive tattoos (thus their ethonym, Ralnafò which means painted or coloured people); which have both personal and social significance and can be read by those who understand them. Their hair and eyes fall into two major variations. One is fair not only of skin, but of hair as well. These elves generally have blond hair and blue eyes. The other variation, equally numerous, seems far more mysterious. They have dark hair, ranging from sandy brown to sheerest black, and intense green eyes. These two varieties of Ralnafòr have no other significant differences, but they are nonetheless often treated differently simply because of their appearance. Ralnafòr prefer light pastel shades over the bright colors worn by Amòwamik.

Ralnafòr lands
Ralnafòr lands

Their preferred weapon is the bow, but they are also adept with long and short swords. In battle, they wear their gleaming elven chain mail beneath cloaks “woven of the essence of the woods,” which allows them to move silently through forests, strike quickly, and then retreat. Although they may befriend giant eagles and occasionally use them for transport, they rarely use mounts because horses and the like are too unwieldy in the forests and hills of their homelands. Only on the long-distance journeys or on the plains will Ralnafòr use mounts.

The nations of the Ralnafòr is loose and often chaotic as their clan-based culture places great emphasis on personal freedom, in living how one wishes rather than how someone tells them to. Despite this chaotic nature their lands are peaceful places, for the Ralnafòr all look out for one another and are deeply loyal to their own kind. They have noble bloodlines of sorts, but few elves pay it much heed. They do not respect someone purely on the basis of birth. Rather the clan leadership is based more on merit and earned respect.

Ralnafòr live in a constant relationship with nature, never taking more than they need and giving back ever more. They replenish the forests and the plains constantly, ensuring that there will always be nature within their world. As such, they are often regarded by other good-aligned races as the highest epitome of goodness. Although those who prefer law over freedom do not always agree, they nearly always have respect for the quality of elven life. There is no doubt that the Ralnafòr lead a fine life: Freedom, nature, and the sheer vitality of being alive comprise the daily existence of a Ralnafòr.

The Ralnafòr have few cares or worries, and their lives are often characterized by idyllic splendor. While they face problems from rampaging humanoids or the encroachment of humans, they seem to live free of the cares that so often plague others of their kind. Because they live so closely in harmony with nature, they have little trouble finding sustenance in the areas near their homes. Game proliferates near Ralnafòr communities, and the earth is fertile for them. However, should the Ralnafòr roam farther afield, they often discover a different matter entirely

Ralnafòran characters have the following game specific (3.5) characteristics:

Stat Adjustments: +2 Dexterity, Intelligence and Wisdom, –2 Constitution.

Size: Medium (As Medium creatures, Ralnafòr have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size).

Movement: Ralnafòran base land speed is 30 feet.

Magic Resistance: Ralnafòr get a +2 racial saving throw bonus against enchantment spells or effects.

Low-Light Vision: A Ralnafòr can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. She retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.

Weapon Proficiency: Ralnafòrs receive the Martial Weapon Proficiency feats for the longsword, longbow (including composite longbow), and shortbow (including composite shortbow) as bonus feats.

Perception: A Ralnafòr gets a +2 racial bonus on Listen, Search, Knowledge Nature and Spot checks. A Ralnafòr who merely passes within 5 feet of a secret or concealed door is entitled to a Search check to notice it as if she were actively looking for it.

Heightened Reflexes:  Ralnafòr who have reached adulthood gain Uncanny Dodge as a bonus feat. This improves over time as his senses and reflexes improve and grow sharper so that they gain Improved Uncanny Dodge when they reach the middle age.

Bonus Feat: Ralnafòr get one bonus feat

Favored Class: Wizard or Ranger.

Based on the 1st Variant High Elf article on the D&D Wiki and the High Elf entry in the Complete Book of Elves (PHBR 8).

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