Gazetteer – 02d – Elven Magic
Elven magic comes through understanding. With knowledge, the intricacies of an idea or a concept reveal the linguistic source of the power of the idea. The combinations of the runes of power and the grammar to express the notion or idea are also revealed to the elf. As an elf gains more experience with this knowledge, her power to affect the world with it also grows. Some otheris are as powerful as the most advanced arch-mage’s spellbook – maybe even more so. It is very rare to see an elf using magic other than from their otheri and no elves aside for Drow channel to any divine being and Drow are more prone to siphon power from a divine source as opposed to pray to it.
Most elven otheris apply to some form of craftsmanship. Clothing, farming, cooking, and herbal medicine are all common otheris. No otheri is exactly alike, however, and clothing otheris might take the form of winter clothing, durable clothing, stainless clothing, soap, or other derivative from the overarching idea. Remember, elves are immortal so time is on their side and they will take the time to truly master a simple idea and bring out all its beauty as opposed to rush to master a complex idea quickly like many human craftsmen or other thought rune creatures are prone to do.
Warfare, defending elven lands, and adventuring are also concepts that appear in otheris and these are the ones adventurers are most likely to learn about first when they meet elves outside of their homeland. Adventuring elves have great respect for the simple otheris of their more peaceful brethren and take great pride in wearing the clothes, eating the food, and administering the medicines created by them.
Elves will not suffer insults to the craftsmanship of other elves and will often disparage the craftsmanship of non-elven craftsmen as being “hurried” or “rushed.” More than a few chefs have thrown a butcher knife into a wall when an elf has sent a meal back due to its lack of marinade, improper temperature, or haphazard presentation. A common phrase that other races here from elves is, “A meal should be as good for the soul as it is for the body.” This phrase also is heard in other forms like, “A fire should warm the soul as well as the body,” or “Clothes should bring out both the inner beauty and the outer beauty of the one who wears them.”
Humans with an elf rune foltute gain otheris even thought their soul and body are not one. Half-elves also gain otheris and they are the only creatures of chaos to have such power. Drow foreswore there otheris long ago in favor of outer essence manipulation, channeling, and inner essence manipulation. Drow innate abilities, however, are the manifestation of the power that creates otheris inside their elven cousins and drow innate abilities can be mastered similar to an otheri. (See the History of Twindernight for more about the Drow. A supplement called the Shores of Twindernight is planned at some point and this book will cover the Drow in considerable detail including how to advance innate abilities when playing a drow character or creating ad drow NPC.)
As for traditional elves, they can be found in significant numbers inside the countries of Tarabelle and Amont, particularly in the Camalene and Swan Harbor regions of Amont. There is also an elven community on Elf Island and a powerful elven maiden named Tamduin in the Rune River Valley of Wheland. A southern island called Melandoli also has a substantial elven population.
The rules for how to use otheris for player characters and NPCs are available to some extent on the World of Atlas website. The system is called PIPs Fantasy and piggybacks off of OGL d20 rules, particularly Pathfinder core rules available at Paizo.com. A sourcebook entitled Runes and Otheris is planned for the near future. Feel free to send us an email at email@example.com if you would like more detail on how otheris work. We did a Good Guy Roadhouse explaining our feelings about elves and elf magic you can watch here.