The World of Temmuren
A Modernizing Perspective
Where once elven patience and ancient knowledge was valued and sought after by the other races, modern elves find themselves in a wholly new position. Once the authority on the nature and ways of the world on which all lived, the elves believed they had mapped the known continents and that the world as flat. As such, elven society was humbled and shook to its knees by the human discovery of a new grand continent, nearly the size of the first continent on which most of the known races originated upon. After length reflection upon the combined ignorance and arrogance of their past, elven society resolved itself to seek out the other races, involve themselves, and learn as much as they could from the other races to avoid ever again being so heinously wrong in their ways.
This renaissance saw far flung diplomats, advisers, artists, and explorers sent out by the elven society, and their borders flung open to others. Elven traders and guides are now commonplace throughout all nations and their curiosity and drive to stay involved in new events often rivals that of even humans now, despite their still somewhat reserved nature.
In lieu of the elves once respected ancient knowledge, they now hold only one piece of true knowledge, which many are taught from an early age and fall back upon in times of great contemplation:
“We only truly know that we know nothing.”
In the past elves begat children infrequently, due to policy enacted for fear of over-population and strain on their environments, especially due to their long lives. However, in light of their new diffusal across the world and their own holdings, elven parentage restrictions have been lifted, and many have sought out sexuality as another new frontier to explore and learn from the other races. Some elves have even been known to develop fetishism of the other races.
In the past intermingling of elves and other races was looked down upon, most notably half-elves were shamed and shunned from both elven and human societies. They are now welcomed among the elves, albeit not without the aching shame of the elves past actions.
The elves of this world spread themselves in a wide band across the first continent from north to south in ages past and continue to hold a large amount of territory across varying terrain and climates.
High elves retain little of the influence they one had after their ancient knowledge was humbled and their people sought out new wisdom. Their number represent the old order of elven society, but have mostly given way to new thinking. As such, their number either represent guides learning as much from their students as their students from them, or a few bitter individuals weathering the tides of change which they can no longer affect. High elves most typically find themselves comfortable in the roles of diplomats, advisers, and other roles that place them interacting with other races more in this new age.
In all of their holdings elves adapt slowly to their environment, enhancing the existing surroundings to support them, without specifically shaping it to suite them. Gone are their times of seclusion to forests and mountains, now elven communities can be found even in plains and marshes across their holdings, though still few take interest in living in truly arid environments as do the desert dwarves. In fact, elves have mastered low impact agriculture and inciting animal labor without domestication in their new environments. This has lead to bountiful marshes and plains of rice, wheat, potatoes, tomato, sorghum, millet, barley, cotton, and various nuts, oils, seeds and beans.
Trade & Diplomacy
Elven craft workers are still high sought after for the quality and exoticism of their work, but the recent agricultural boom within elven holdings has placed them as a prime provider of food across all nations. Even the dwarves, who are mostly self-sufficient trade with elves for find foods, spices, and oils that can turn their subsistence rations into well seasoned feasts. In exchange the elves trade for rare metals and minerals mostly absent in their lands and which they dean not to mine for the disruption it would cause. Among these are of course the universally sought after arcanite. Though many advocate for independence from dependency on the magical resource, it has come to be a difficult luxury to substitute. None the less, elves have applied their ancient knowledge of nature and magic to seek and provide alternative energy sources and mechanisms, albeit they are not widely adopted yet.