Updated the elf base design, different flavors will follow
The most widespread of the fey races, elves are seven-foot tall humanoids, originating from what used to be Northern Germany. Usually fair-skinned or very pale, they can be distinguished by their lanky, awkwardly elongated bodies, which they frequently cover under thick, elaborate clothing. Females are only slightly smaller than males, and both sexes sport long hair that often doesn't stray from platinum blonde.
Elves are considered to be among the oldest races on U’rth, and there was a time they had the power to flaunt it. In the young ages of the world, while the other inhabitants struggled to find their place, the elves and their fey kin rapidly grew and expanded, reaching as of then unmatched levels of technology and skill with magic. With each new feat they grew in arrogance and pride, and soon their vast, sprawling capital embodied the most powerful empire U’rth had seen....but that was not to last. On what would be later referred to as the Alfalr (or simply The Fall), the forever-dreaded titan Grendel emerged from its slumber and unleashed its all-consuming wrath upon the elves. The destruction and death it brought was unspeakable, so much so, that even though the fey races scattered and managed to survive, neither was capable of ever recovering their former splendor, and the very name of the actual capital is forever lost to time. It was also from then on that a rather elevated rate of genetic deformities became commonplace within the species, their blood forever tainted by the touch of magic fallout.
In modern times, while elves remain technologically advanced, they are but a shadow of their former glory, and are usually seen as a sort of under-class by other races, snobs full of hot air that got what they deserved, and the butt of a lot of jokes. Many live among the mixed populations of towns and cities, living existences that their ancestors would have found deeply insulting. Certain elf settlements even try to keep the old ways by having non-elves as second class citizens, with varying results. But the truth is, for the most part elves simply do not care about their ancient past, preferring to make a living their own way, if they’re not just used to their current life, or even know about the past to begin with. Some of the eldest ones, however, believe that perhaps it is for the best that they haven’t rebuilt their empire, for there is an unspoken fear that Grendel might return, and wipe the entire elf race out for good if they ever overstep their boundaries again.
Elf culture places importance on appearances and social status -if more out of tradition than anything else nowadays- and honorific titles are a must between individuals, even family members. Typical elf suits, consequently, tend to look large and overly decorate, in order to appear more elegant or imposing than they actually are. A lot of posturing and head-tilting features in their communication, and adding to that, a pair of glands on an elf’s forehead produce a variety of smelly secretions to further show their emotions. Thus the popular image that not only are elves stuck-up and weird, but they stink funny too.