Elf

Elves are a magical people of otherworldly grace, living in the world but not entirely part of it. They live in places of ethereal beauty, in the midst of ancient forests at in silvery spires glittering with faerie light, where soft music drifts through the air and gentle fragrances waft on the breeze. Elves lave nature and magic, art and artistry, music and poetry, and the good things of the world.

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Elf Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: Your Dexterity score increases by 2.
  • Age: Although elves reach physical maturity at the same age as humans, the elven understanding of adulthood goes beyond physical growth to encompass worldly experience. An elf typically claims adulthood and an adult name around the age of 100, and can live to be 750 years old.
  • Alignment: Elves love freedom, variety, and self-expression, so they lean strongly towards the gentler aspects of chaos. They value and protect others' freedom as well as their own, and are good more often than not. Drow are exception; their exile into the Underdark has made them vicious and dangerous. Drow are more often evil than not.
  • Size: Elves range from under 5 to over 6 feet tall and have slender builds. Your size is Medium.
  • Speed: Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
  • Darkvision: Accustomed to twilit forests and the night sky, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
  • Keen Senses: You have proficiency in the Perception skill.
  • Fey Ancestry: You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can't put you to sleep.
  • Trance: Elves do not sleep. Instead they meditate deeply, remaining semi-conscious, for 4 hours a day. The Common word for this meditation is "trance". While meditating, you dream after a fashion; such dreams are actually mental exercises that have become reflexive after years of practice. After resting in this way, you gain the same benefit a human would from 8 hours of sleep.
  • Languages: You can speak, read, and write Common and Elven.

Choose on of these subraces

High Elf

As a high elf, you have a keen mind and a mastery of at least basic magical theory.

  • Ability Score Increase: Your Intelligence score increases by 1.
  • Elf Weapon Training: You have proficiency with the longsword, shortsword, shortbow, and longbow.
  • Cantrip: You know one cantrip of your choice from the wizard list. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for it.
  • Extra Language: You can read, speak, and write one additional language of your choice.

Wood Elf

As a wood elf, you have keen senses and intuition, and your fleet feet carry you quickly and stealthily through your native forests.

  • Ability Score Increase: Your Wisdom score increases by 1.
  • Elf Weapon Training: You have proficiency with the longsword, shortsword, shortbow, and longbow.
  • Fleet of Foot: Your base walking speed increases to 35 feet.
  • Mask of the Wild: You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly obscured by foliage, heavy rain, falling snow, mist, and other natural phenomena.

Dark Elf (Drow)

Descendants of an earlier, dark-skinned race of elf, the Drow were banished from the surface for following the goddess Lolth down her path of evil and corruption.

Drow adventurers are very rare, and may not be allowed in all campaigns. DM permission is required to select this subrace.

  • Ability Score Increase: Your Charisma score increases by 1.
  • Superior Darkvision: Your darkvision has a range of 120 feet, instead of 60.
  • Sunlight Sensitivity: You have disadvantage on attack rolls and Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight when you, the target of the attack, or whatever you are trying to perceive is in direct sunlight.
  • Drow Magic: You know the dancing lights cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast faerie fire once, and it recharges after a long rest. When you reach 5th level, you can cast darkness once, and it recharges after a long rest. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
  • Drow Weapon Training: You have proficiency with rapiers, shortswords, and hand crossbows.

Elves
"I HAVE NEVER IMAGINED SUCH BEAUTY EXISTED," Goldmoon said soft. The day's march had been difficult. but the reward at the end was beyond their dreams. The companions stood on a high cliff over the fabled city of Qualinost. Four slender spires rase from the city's corners like glistening spindles, their brilliant white stone marbled with shining silver. Graceful arches. swooping from spire to spire, soared through the air. Crafted by ancient dwarven metal smiths. they were strong enough to hold the weight of an army,yet they appeared so elicate that a bird lighting on them might over thraw the balance, These glistening arches were the city's on!)' boundaries; there was no wall around Qualinost. The elven city opened its arms loving to the wilderness.
-Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, Dragons of Autumn Twilight


-New subraces added in Mordenkaimen's Tome of Foes-

ELADRIN

Eladrin are elves native to the Feywild, a realm of beauty, unpredictable emotion, and boundless magic. An eladrin is associated witb one of the four seasons and has coloration reminiscent of that season, which can also affect the eladrin's mood:

  • Autumn is the season of peace and goodwill, when summer's harvest is shared with all.
  • Winter is the season of contemplation and dolor, when the vibrant energy of the world slumbers.
  • Spring is the season of cheerfulness and celebration, marked by merriment as winter's sorrow passes.
  • Summer is the season of boldness and aggression. A time of unfettered energy.

Some eladrin remain associated with a particular season for their entire lives, whereas other eladrin transform, adopting characteristics of a new season. When finishing a long rest, any eladrin can change their season. An eladrin might choose the season that is present in the world or perhaps the season that most closely matches the eladrin's current emotional state. For example, an eladrin might shift to autumn if filled with contentment, another eladrin could change to winter if plunged into sorrow, still another might be bursting with joy and become an eladrin of spring, and fury might cause an eladrin to change to summer.

ELADRIN TRAITS

Eladrin have the following traits in common, in addition to the traits they share with other elves. Choose your
eladrin's season: autumn, winter, spring, or summer.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 1.
  • Fey Step. As a bonus action, you can magically teleport up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space you can see.

Once you use this trait, you can't do so again until you finish a short or long rest. When you reach 3rd level, your Fey Step gains an additional effect based on your season; if the effect requires a saving throw, the DC equals 8 +your proficiency bonus+ your Charisma modifier:

  • Autumn. Immediately after you use your Fey Step, up to two creatures of your choice that you can see within 10 feet of you must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or be charmed by you for 1 minute, or until you or your companions deal any damage to it.
  • Winter. When you use your Fey Step, one creature of your choice that you can see within 5 feet of you before you teleport must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or be frightened of you until the end of your next turn.
  • Spring. When you use your Fey Step, you can touch one willing creature within 5 feet of you. That creature then teleports instead of you, appearing in an unoccupied space of your choice that you can see within 30 feet of you.
  • Summer. Immediately after you use your Fey Step, each creature of your choice that you can see within 5 feet of you takes fire damage equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum of 1 damage).

SEA ELF

Sea elves fell in love with the wild beauty of the ocean in the earliest days of the multiverse. While other elves traveled from realm to realm, the sea elves navigated the deepest currents and explored the waters across a hundred worlds. Today, they live in small, hidden communities in the ocean shallows and on the Elemental Plane of Water.

SEA ELF TRAITS

Sea elves have the following traits in common, in addition to the traits they share with other elves.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.
  • Sea Elf Training. You have proficiency with the spear, trident, light crossbow, and net.
  • Child of the Sea. You have a swimming speed of 30 feet, and you can breathe air and water.
  • Friend of the Sea. Using gestures and sounds, you can communicate simple ideas with any beast that has an innate swimming speed.
  • Languages. You can speak, read, and write Aquan.

SHADAR-KAI

Sworn to the Raven Queen's service, the mysterious shadar-kai venture into the Material Plane from the Shadowfell to advance her will. Once they were fey like the rest of their elven kin, and now they exist in a strange state between life and death. Eladrin and shadar-kai are like reflections of each other: one bursting with emotion, the other nearly devoid of it.

SHADAR- KAI TRAITS

Shadar-kai have the following traits in common, in addition to the traits they share with other elves.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.
  • Necrotic Resistance. You have resistance to necrotic damage.
  • Blessing of the Raven Queen. As a bonus action, you can magically teleport up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space you can see. Once you use this trait, you can't do so again until you finish a long rest. Starting at 3rd level, you also gain resistance to all damage when you teleport using this trait. The resistance lasts until the start of your next turn. During that time, you appear ghostly and translucent.
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