The World of Temmuren
The natural environment of the half-elves is adversity. Throughout history, since half-elves were first born into the world they never quite fit in among the myriad nations of humanity, nor within the sacred land of the elves. Reviled by early human xenophobia they were driven from human holdings. However, they found no peace with the ancient elves either, who perceived them as a shame upon their people. The elves, unwilling to treat the ill-fated children of their kingdom as poorly as the humans (though perhaps only to think better of themselves), chose instead to provide all half-elves who crossed their borders with safe travel to a new kingdom of their own, across the sea. Many took this opportunity, unable to find a true home for themselves anywhere else, but many more took the voyage under duress or with lack of any true choices. It’s an ancient half-elven joke that their pure-blood parentage, the humans and the elves, are more alike than they would ever admit.
The Isles of the Lost
Still long ago, the half-elves made their great exodus to a land far to the West of the nations upon the first continent. Out among the sea, the elves found a strand of islands, eventually dubbed The Isles of the Lost. There the ancient half-elves were delivered to make themselves a place in a world not yet ready for their presence. Their heritage bears the influence of both humans and elves, but it was this era that inspired the saying “the true heritage of the half-elves is adversity.” Their new homeland was filled with hostile and dangerous creatures, but even the environment itself seemed hell-bent on consuming their people and erasing them from history. Even the warring dragonborn from the southern seas took note of their presence and sought to take what little they had, their belongings, their land, even their lives. However, taking both from their human and elven ancestors, over time they adapted to their surroundings and adapted their surroundings to themselves. The many half-elves banded together and survived by leveraging every bit of skill and knowledge they had absorb while being driven across the first continent until eventually, they carved out a place for themselves in their new homeland.
Their Place In Today’s World
Today half-elves are strewn throughout the various nations, driven by their social nature, and new-found acceptance upon making their own way back to the first continent over time. Their people were cast off in the infancy of their existence and returned a civilization matured by their en devours. elven society now look upon the de facto exile of the half-elves as a point of both shame and pride. While many half-elves may have forgiven, most will not soon forget the lessons taught by their past. That said, the strongly social nature of half-elves has lead them to reach out to their estranged kin, though they secretly make sport of embarrassing and humbling their elven and human kin as a form of less destructive reprisal. As a result, pranks, dry humor, and urban legends have become something of a tradition in half-elf culture. half-elves are renown for their good humors of the past, and dreaded for their favored past-time of tricking the other races with pranks, myths, and horrifying stories. Their outrageous reputation upon returning to the first continent no doubt contributed to their rapid acceptance and proliferation throughout the kingdoms, at least as much as their eagerness to see more of the parts of the world less hostile than their own and perhaps more friendly than the Dragonborn. Half-elves as a whole have grown to love their homeland, but their love for other people and seeing the world is greater still.
Trade & Diplomacy
The Isles of the Lost possess little in the way of commoditized natural resources. Half-elves worked hard enough to secure resources enough for themselves there let alone enough to share with others. However, their settlements upon these islands quickly took back to the sea and developed renowned sailing vessels, which many have used to explore the seas, return to the first continent, ferry trade goods for the other nations, explore The Wild Lands of the first continent from the North and East (territory unknown to the ‘civilized races’ before their expeditions), and even to eventually join the humans in exploring the second continent.
Though initially snubbed by the other races, upon return to the first continent half-elves have found themselves amply prepared for roles as diplomats and traders. Many find themselves home away from home among halfling merchants, though despite the recent proclivity of elves towards diplomacy you will rarely find their diplomats in the same place. Some believe this to be due to elven diplomats being unwilling to suffer the browbeating of their half-elven counterparts, but whatever the reason most know it’s a rare site to see half-elves in an elven court and only slightly better odds to see them work together elsewhere for long.