Valley elves are distrustful of outsiders, to the point of xenophobia. They were allowed to form their own small communities, under a human earl who ruled in the name of the valley elf king. All other elves abhor the valley elves, claiming they are not true elves at all, and shun them utterly. See Valley Elves for more details on this elven subrace in Greyhawk. Valley elves are found in only one place on Oerth, known as the Valley of the Mage. The valley elves were not completely friendless, however. Elf, Valley 2107 Whether a separate race of elvenkind or simply an offshoot of gray elves, the elves of the Valley of the Mage have distinctive features and characteristics. Foraging makes up for the rest. Elves are renowned for their grace and mastery of magic and weapons such as the sword and the bow. The Menowood is a large warm-temperate forest valley. With a variety of things to see, Ellis County is making a name for itself as a great place to live! 127). City Services. Valley elves appear much like the grey elves, save that they are even taller, often 5'6 but sometimes reaching even 6ft. Those that do show aptitude with magic are expected to excel and are considered superior to those with no magical skill. Cannot be clerics of Seldarine deities. Although the Player’s Handbook lists valley elves under the high elf label, game masters who wish to do so may use the following description instead. In many of the worlds of D&D, there are two kinds of high elves. -2 on diplomacy, gather information, and intimidation against other elven subraces. B Bigby. Though Gary Gygax had his own ideas about the Vale of the Mage, TSR's canon Vale first appeared in Greyhawk Adventures, which revealed the mage as Jaran Krimeeah, a rebel and exile from the Great Kingdom, obsessed with magic and intent on becoming a shade. In many of the worlds of D&D, there are two kinds of high elves. Also consider their 600 year long war with Vecna was only a couple generations ago. They dwell only within the Valley of the Mage, though agents are occasionally sent outwards on missions for the master of the Vale. Immediately, the procession was assaulted by "strange elves as tall as men," who absconded with the items. Valley Elf, Monster Manual 2 (1983), 1e & Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Adventures Appendix (1990), 2e. Other elves, including drow, mention the rumour about Valley elves having sold themselves into servitude for planar knowledge, but it may also be connected to the fact Valley elves don't observe Faerie Mysteries and how an ancient valley elf king pretended to be a divine ruler.(p. The elven folk call the Quagflow Valley the Fairdells. Although ruled by the Exalted One (and in turn his Drow First Protector), he allows the residence of the Vale to form their own systems of governing and elect their own leaders. Valley elf, from Living Greyhawk Journal 02, by Sam Wood, 2000. The most notable encounter with the valley elves occurred shortly after the turn of this century, when the elven king arrived unexpectedly at the grand duke's castle in Gorna. 33. , Few beyond the neighboring countries were aware of the hidden valley kingdom in the Barrier Peaks. The valley elves were equally aloof in their relationship to the natural world, and they felt no reverence for the mysteries of faerie. High elves have pale skin and dark hair, and typically have green eyes. The valley elf king left several items with the Grand Duke, along with information to be passed to his heir. Perhaps the true birthplace of the elves is lost in the shadows of time, or perhaps it was destroyed during the great Elfwar. Valley elves are well-known for breeding and working with cooshees, their green-furred "elven dogs. They formed a partnership with gnome traders that allowed them access to markets as far away as the Pomarj and the Nyr Dyv. In the Greyhawk setting, the planet Oerth has four continents. Valley elves are thought to be an offshoot of the gray (S4, Dragon #67), or possibly high elven race (WG12.11). (How creative are these names.) Taller than most other elves, valley elves are comparable to humans in height. The Duke was left with treasure and a message only his heirs have ever seen.(p. I've registered the Boot Hill trademark (which WOTC let expire long ago) and I'm working on a Western game with 5e compatible rules. The Jungle people, the humans the elves share the valley with, are given more leeway than other humans as the elves see them as better than most humans, due to their reverence for nature.. ", Valley elves are unique in that they have no social relationship with other elves in the Flanaess, being hated by them for unknown reasons. As Greyhawk is assumed to be the default campaign setting, elves are not noticeably different from the basic descriptions found in most published material. They live in the Valley of the Mage, and serve the Mage. View move in ready homes in Ellis County. The motivations of the elves in this event are unknown. Valley elf, from Living Greyhawk Journal 02, by Sam Wood, 2000. The drow hint that the valley elves allowed themselves to be bound in servitude to a powerful master, in exchange for knowledge from beyond the known planes. Valley elves: Closely related to gray elves, Valley elves are the 2nd to tallest of their kind, as tall as humans. Elves, also known as olves or olvenfolk in the Flan tongue, are one of the primary civilized races of the Flanaess.  The Valley elves serve the Mage of the Valley (The Exalted One, as he's known to residents of the Vale), even raiding near by human lands on his behest. They are thought to have dwelled in the Javan Vale as far back as circa -14,400 CY (WG12.11). Greyhawk: Adventure Begins, Roger E. Moore, 1998, 2e, ISBN 0-7869-1249-9, Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Adventures Appendix (1990), 2e, Module: Vale of the Mage (WG12), Jean Rabe, 1990, 2e, Living Greyhawk Journal 2, "Enchiridion of the Fiend-Sage", Sean K Reynolds, 2000, 3.5, Living Greyhawk Gazetteer, Erik Mona, Sean K. Reynolds, Gary Holian, Frederick Weining, 2000, 3e, Player's Handbook, Revised, David Cook, 1989, 2e, ISBN-10: 0880387165, ISBN-13: 978-0880387163. The newcomers forced the elves to retreat from the plains into their forest strongholds, and they have remained there ever since. In 582-585 CY only about 4000 Valley elves live in the Vale, alongside some 1,200 gnomes and 800 humans, not including the Mage of the Vale. William C. Hovey. The following dawn, the king and his retinue departed, and the host of valley elves was observed traveling southward into the Crystalmists, never to be seen again. Bands of these elves have raided into Bissel, Gran March, Ket, and the Grand Duchy of Geoff, probably at the behest of their liege. The Seldarine have rejected Valley elves, although the reason is not clear why. They formed a partnership with gnome traders that allowed them access to markets as far away as the Pomarj and the Nyr Dyv. Located in the south east of the lands of Greyhawk, the Menowood lies between Idee, Sunndi and the Scarlet Brotherhood. EverQuest d20 too (high, wood and dark). That would take a long time to recover from. Dragon #67 pg 11. Other rumours spread about Valley elves is that they sold their servitude to a human for planar knowledge, and are growing dangerously inbred and eccentric. The king brought his entire royal house into the country, unchallenged by either the duke's forces or the elves of eastern Geoff. 1,200) and four unnamed small villages, with a few dozen living scattered near the valley’s entrance. The Grand Duchy of Geoff had the most regular relations with the court of the valley elf king, though merchants from Bissel and Ket quietly maintained contact with the gnome traders who served the king. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The elven king and his retinue then departed into the Crystalmists, nevermore to be seen.. Kingdom of Kalamar has its own varieties of elves, including IIRC a non-ECLed dark elf (stripped of much of its special capacities). Whatever the case, it is likely that Oerth is not the origin planet. Valley elves appear much like the grey elves, save that they are even taller, often 5'6 but sometimes reaching even 6ft. The valley elf was first described in the monster booklet in The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth in 1982, and appeared later that same year in Dragon #67. The valley was known to be the habitation of a strange race of olve, who viewed all other elves with disdain. 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