Continental Excursions; Evelliene

As the elves of Evelliene are quick to point out, their islands are not strictly speaking a connected bit of Partum, the continent upon which sits Fanolania, Geldenreich, and the several dozen other nations that form the lion’s share of what might be called civilization in this part of Domum. Evelliene is the term denoting all of the islands that belong to the elves across an oftentimes narrow channel just north of Fanolania. The biggest island is Uasmhéid and is home to most of the diverse elven folk residing in Evelliene, the majority being Grey elves with a smattering of High and Sylvan elves, and in the far rugged north live clans of nearly barbaric Wild elves. The second largest island is Íosta, a rather bucolic agricultural land inhabited primarily by Sylvan and High elves. Aquatic elves can be found in every waterway in and around Evelliene. In short it is possible to find every kind of elf on Domum here with the notable exception of dark elves.

While the Grey elves have a tight grip on the rulership of Evelliene it would be ridiculous to say that all is well among the fairer folk. There is near constant squabbling between the different elven subgroups, and while the Grey elves and their royal family have been the strongest for many centuries, the High elves and Sylvan elves have at different times been at the top. Each of the elven subgroups have their own royal families and all vie for control over the others. There are no other serious internal threats to the stability of Evelliene. There are humans that live and work throughout Evelliene but they are forbidden to own land or hold noble titles. Intermarriage between humans and elves are frowned upon, as are marriages between elves of different subgroups. It is from the example of the elves of Evelliene that the humans of Partum coined their phrase “Xenophobia is an invention of the Elves.”

Anytime that threats arise against Evelliene the elves unite to defeat it, but oftentimes not without careful calculation to try and weaken their elven rivals in the process. Evelliene has always boasted a strong navy and with the assistance of the Aquatic elves have been able to hold off foreign invaders with relative ease. Elves of wildspace have a vibrant trade with the assorted elves of Evelliene and have a long established connection to these terrestrial brethren. It is via this spelljamming tie that Evelliene has any sort of trade and diplomatic relation to Slothjemia. The unlikely alliance is not overly strong and yet the elves and goblinoids have successfully joined forces on several occasions to defeat threats to Domum, particularly Partum, from wildspace invaders.

The famous elven archers of Evelliene are the only people studied in the manufacture and use of longbows. Elves throughout the islands turn their nose up at firearms in any form, although they have been known to use rockets on rare occasions in war both as weapons and as signaling devices. Evelliene is the only place in Partum where elven is spoken as a language in and of itself rather than a conglomerate language comprised of human or other linguistic elements. Fanolanian is understood almost everywhere in Evelliene although the elves might not choose to admit they understand it just to avoid having to talk to somebody from the mainland. The almost unimaginably large capital of Evelliene is the sprawling city of Cathair that serves as the primary port for commercial goods as well as everything else that can be considered to be of urban interest. Other cities dot the landscape of the islands but none are as large and impressive as Cathair. This is also where the bulk of the humans can be found, restricted as they are to trades and manufacturing.

Anyone travelling to Evelliene should take into account just how antagonistic the natives are towards non-elves, and to a lesser extent the distrust felt by elven subgroups. If ever there was a needle to burst the bubble of “all elves are fun-loving and get along in a great community of faerie folk” it is Evelliene. Chaos is the overriding theme of how the islands function, or should we say, disfunction. Religion plays a small role in the lives of the elves here and the overriding cohesiveness of the people exists in family and clan ties. Nothing else figures much into who is loyal to whom.