Compiled by Jeff
“Wild elves live in nomadic tribes like
barbarians and share many barbarian traits. Wild elves are distinguished
in-game by their furs and other barbarian clothing, even though they
have pointed ears like all other elves.
Wild elves are not treated as “real
elves” by most of the other elven races. There is no outright warring
going on, but the wild elves often feel as of they are second-class
citizens even though they generally have the right as any other citizen.
The wild elf society places an emphasis on hunting and tracking skills.”
(from the NERO® Rule Book© 8.0 Edition)
The Wild Elf culture is loosely based on the Huron Indians of the
fifteenth century. They hunt, they farm, they wander, and they kill
goblinoids with a vengeance! Wild elves have unique ceremonies to honor
the living and the dead, and they also have unique system of justice.
They have elders, shamans, sages, warriors, healers, war mages, scouts,
thieves, and rogues – just like all of the other races. Wild elves do
not go around saying, “How!” and calling stone elves “pale-face”. And
they do not scalp.
or wild elves, are a very basic people. They generally have the distinct
delicate lithe features of all elves, but their bodies have a very
athletic, almost muscular appearance. Their skin tends to be a much
darker shade than any of their pale cousins, usually a light olive to a
deep swarthy tan. Most wild elves tend to have deep brown eyes, but
green, amber, blue, and hazel are not uncommon. The hair color is mostly
brown to black, but again, other hair color is not uncommon. Some Notari
tend to dye their hair in many different colors. Most of the elders do
so for ceremony or seasonal reasons, while some of the younger ones dye
their hair because it looks really cool.
Most of the wild
elves that remain in the clan tend to stick to very basic dress. Usually
it reflects that of 1500’s American Indians. The colors they wear
reflected very basically their surroundings. The Notari that dwell in
the mountains usually wear basic grays, those that live in the forests
wear dark greens and browns, and so on.
There is no real set type of clothing a Notari wears, they usually find
some fashion that strikes their fancy and adapt to it. Notari do not
believe in wasting anything from the animals that they kill for it would
be a great insult to such a noble creature. Therefore, almost all of
their clothing is made from leathers, furs, cottons, and silks. The
jewelry the Notari create from the animal bones is usually very
exquisite, not at all like the gnarled bone jewelry of the barbarians.
Wild elf clothing is usually well made so that it stands up to the wear
and tear of battle and the elements.
Some of the
clothing they wear consists of deerskin shirts, breechcloths, leggings,
skirts, and moccasin shoes. During the winter when it is cold, they use
fur to trap in the extra heat. The Notari are very decorative with their
clothing. They often use a lot of painted designs and fringe the edges
of their leggings, skirts, and shirts. They also use strips of fur as
additional flare. When they paint their faces, they use vegetable and
mineral dyes mixed with sunflower oil or bear fat in order to produce
the colors red, black, violet, and green.
Tattoos are also
a common wild elf adornment. Tattoos range from scare embellishment to
tribe crests to mimicry of animals they admire. Depending on the
personal preference of the elf, the tattoo could be a small rune on the
cheek or it could be tribalish marks covering the entire body. Not all
Notari have tattoos and they are by no means mandatory in any way.
are most noted for their liberated behavior, which is how they received
the name ‘Wild Elves’. Their elven cousins see this as a lack of
discipline, something developed from their constant wandering. As they
are so different from the rest of the elves, the other races see them as
barbaric. Of course, nothing could be farther from the truth. Years of
traveling back and forth across Tyrra taught them a great deal of
humility, honesty, and respect for themselves and the land.
The years of
freedom also taught them a profound respect for it. Their chiefs are
simply guides, the elderly are revered for their wisdom. No one rules
the Notari, they are free to choose how they live. They do not dictate
who protects, who rules, and who labors. All Notari lend a hand in the
everyday life of the tribe in where ever their talents may lie. No one
Notari rules and no one rules the Notari. The Notari bend knee to no
respect each other, and therefore protect each other to almost an
extreme. They learned the hard rule of ‘only the strongest survive’
while traveling across the land. Using whatever strengths and superior
talents they have, they will do their best to intimidate others. They do
understand the ‘civilized’ laws and courtesies of the other races and
will heed the bare minimum ‘courtesies’ while in their ‘civilized’
areas. Of course, their true nature cannot be so easily subdued and
anytime they feel threatened or in danger a Notari will show just how
free they are.
major defining trait of the ‘Wild’ elves is their straight-forward
bluntness. They are not meaning to be intentionally rude, but why beat
around the bush? Say what you mean, and mean what you say. No need to
flower your words, just get your point across as plainly as possible.
the way most races speak foolish and unnecessary, more like they enjoy
listening to the sound of their own voices than actually communicating!
Wild elves tend to be very watchful. It generally gives others the wrong
impression, sometimes leading a tavern keep to believe they are scouting
the place for robbery. Yet, all they are doing is simply observing. The
Notari have learned that is better to watch than to act in a
non-threatening situation. It gives them a chance to see others in
action and prepare themselves for any circumstances.
For thousands of years the Notari have roamed across Tyrra. Wanderlust
is bred into their very spirit. Not many wild elves will stay in any one
place for very long. They move around a great deal, and can sometimes
have a hard time sitting still while in the stifling confines of cities
or villages. Wild elves are restless unless they are out in the open
country where they feel less like a sitting target and more in control
of their surroundings.
were once part of the Quentari nation many thousands of years ago. Even
then, the Quentari were set into their customs and way of life. Several
families of Quentari were tired of the way of life that nobility had
structured and became very interested in travel, which flew in the face
of the Quentari tradition. Eventually, these families began to set out
on their own for periods of time to explore the surrounding world.
Every now and
then these families would return to Quentari to visit friends. Yet,
they would begin to feel claustrophobic in the confines of the cities
and were almost sickened by the ridiculousness of the political
hierarchy. Before long, they would set out again to explore more of the
world. Their Quentari cousins named them, Colhonman, those who leave.
Each time they left Quentari, they would be gone for longer periods of
time. Each time they returned, their demeanor and attitudes would seem
to change drastically from who they once were.
Living outside of
Quentari changed their lifestyle dramatically. They began to see the
circle in which all the creatures of Tyrra live. It gave them a new view
on the world, and their own lives. Things they had taken for granted now
shined with importance. Gold and silks were useless, status and politics
were silly. The rich complexity of the land and the creatures that lived
there are the true values.
nobles decided to invite the Colhonman for a feast in order to have them
renew their fealty. This feast did not go well as the Colhonman would
have no lord. They had tasted the freedom that the wide world had to
offer and no lord would control their lives again. After the feast, they
decided to make this their last visit to Quentari. As the Colhonman
gathered their things to leave, their cousins inquired as to when they
would return home. Very plainly, they told their Quentarii cousins that
they were going home.
declaration, they had closed the door on trade with their cousins.
Therefore the Colhonman had to learn how to live completely on their
own. For the most part, this was not a problem as they had taught
themselves a great deal already. With no direction and no need to stay
close to Quentari, some found that following the herds would be the best
way to feed themselves as well as give them a path to follow. Yet, they
had thus far built several temporary villages in which they skipped
between during the seasons. In following the herds, they would have to
create mobile villages.
different they were from the Quentari, and how their needs and goals had
changed, they threw off what little Quentari influence that was left,
and developed their own language. They rid themselves of the name
Colhonman, and each tribe developed their own name. Yet, some of the
Quentari traditions were so ingrained into their lives that many stayed
with the wild elves, being slightly transformed into new traditions.
When these elves
eventually crossed paths with other races, they were mistaken for
barbarians and that gave birth to rumors of a tribe of elven barbarians.
The rumor soon traveled back to the Stonewood Forest where the Kyrila
lived. Curious to investigate these rumors, several groups of the Stone
elves set out to find this ‘tribe’, and one group never returned. When
they eventually encountered the elves, they sent back word of ‘wild’
elves, with no assembly or discipline. This report found its way to the
Quentari Nation and it was quickly realized who these ‘wild’ elves were.
The Quentari saw these elves as structure-less creatures who seemed to
hold no boundaries and have no one to lead them were no true cousins of
theirs. These foreign elves were indeed Wild.
There were two
tribes that settled in Central Avalon, One called themselves the Notari,
meaning nature’s protector, the other were known as the Shiari, meaning
supreme warrior. The Notari were content to live off the land and
support themselves with what natured offered them. The Shiari, however,
believed that ‘might makes right’ and took whatever they needed from
others. This led to a long war between the two tribes that still
The first Notari
encounter with Human traders was very profitable. These Humans found a
proud and powerful race who generally had good relations with their
other tribes. The Notari’s life long enemies, the Shiari (she-are-ee)
were, however, the exception. The Notari entered into an alliance with
the Humans against the Shiari who were raiding Human villages. After
many battles, the Humans and Notari defeated the Shiari. Following this
victory, the Notari signed a trade agreement with the Humans. They soon
became the preferred trading partners of the Humans because of the
superior quality of their furs. The Notari soon became the
intermediaries between the Humans and the other trading tribes. When
their own fur supplies became limited, the Notari traded with tribes
further west for furs.
War between the
Notari and the Shiari continued. Eventually the Shiari overran the
Notari, killing many and forcing the survivors to flee. From there the
Notari joined the Humans during a war which stemmed from bad trades of
fox fur with the Barbarians. However, they switched allegiances to the
Barbarians when they discovered that the Humans had not been covering
their end of the trade bargain with the Barbarians.
Many years later
another war broke out between the Shiari and the Humans and again the
Notari sided with the Humans. The Shiari were randomly raiding the Human
villages for anything of value and then setting them to torch. By the
end of this war, the Notari were reduced to only about 100 warriors.
Following the war
with the Shiari, the Humans began moves to take as much of the Notari
land as they could. The Notari joined a confederation of tribes under
the leadership of the great leader Tecumseh. The Notari managed to
defend themselves against the Human invasion of their lands and hold
the Notari were no match for the Shiari who took advantage of their
weakness after their war with the Humans. The Shiari attacked them
mercilessly for aiding the Humans and chased the Notari into the
Blackspire Mountains. This war took a heavy toll on them as today there
are about 800 Notari in central Avalon.
family is the basic unit of wild elf society. Households, or blood
lineages, are projected into clans, clans into tribes or nations, and
nations into confederacies. Kinship and locality are the bases for
political life. Each community had its council of adult elves, who guide
the village chief or chiefs. The wild elves are not fond of meetings and
spending considerable time in council. Groupings for council are
determined by locality, age, and the specific question at hand; and each
has its own protocol and devices for gaining consensus.
The Notari are
divided into exogamous clans, each are headed by a clan chief; all of
the clan chiefs of a village form a council, which, with the village
chief, decide civil affairs. Villages are grouped into bands (each of
which has a band chief and a band council, consisting of village chiefs,
to deal with civil matters affecting the entire band), and all of the
bands constitute the Notari tribe. A tribal council of band chiefs and
their councils deal with matters concerning the whole tribe.
A member of the Silver Buffalo clan is usually easy to spot in a fight.
They enjoy brawling and horse-play, but they rarely take it seriously.
For the most part, the Silver Buffalo are friendly and humorous. Yet,
they enjoy the rush of a good fight. Their favorite food is, of course,
buffalo. Although, they enjoy all meat as long as it’s dead from natural
causes or over population. The Silver Buffalo travel the most out of all
the Notari, to follow the herds. They do have several set homes where
their longhouses are built. Yet those permanent habitats are few and far
between. They are by far the largest clan of the Notari, with three
settlements throughout south central Tyrra.
The Black Coyotes are second smallest clan and they are the darkest clan
of the Notari tribe. They tend to be suspicious of other races, and
sometimes other clans of their own tribe. Their clan was diminished the
most by the Human and Shiari wars. Other than holidays, the Black
Coyotes keep to themselves. With each other, they are open and friendly
at home. Outside, they speak only when necessary and do not make friends
easily. By no means are they openly rude or hateful to anyone, as they
generally see no reason to state the obvious. The Notari are far
superior to other races, as they have learned to live in harmony with
Grey Goshawk: (Gaws-hawk) These Notari are the smallest elves in the
tribe and are efficient killers. They fly through the forest, weaving
skillfully in and out of trees, and sometimes dash through treetops.
They destroy their prey with ranged weapons, mainly bows and throwing
axes. A Goshawk is so adept to the forests that they are known to kill
their enemies without a sound. They are also known for raising falcons
to help them hunt.
Goshawks make their homes, made of cob and leather, in the treetops,
which they refer to as nests.
The Golden Cat clan, often referred to as Golden Garbe by the Sarr, is
found southeast of the Baddira Gorbe sanctuary. These elves hold good
relations with the Sarr as they live in such close contact with them.
They dwell in generally dense tropical and sub-tropical forest and tend
to be nocturnal. Little is known of the golden cats outside of the
Notari and Gorbe, for they are isolated and private. Their diet is
usually made up of large rodents, small deer, reptiles, birds and
amphibians. The Golden Cat clan is thought to be under threat in much of
its range from deforestation and loss of habitat and this coupled with
the pressures of illegal poachers in their territory has led them to be
listed as the smallest clan of the Notari.
White Bear: The white bear clan was created in the wake of the
obliteration of the War Elf tribe. In the past, there had existed elves
that had split from the Stone elves to pursue a different way of life.
Due to the changes in Tyrra's nature and magics, most died out. Some
lost their stark coloring and suffered great illness. These elves that
survived were inducted into the Notari tribe, as their demeanor and
temperament were so similar. Due to their aggressive attitude, the 'war'
elves found it hard to intermix with the other clans, and settled for
one of their own. (NOTE: This clan may only be played by those who's
characters were previously a DFW 'War' elf).
The Notari have a
system of justice that is very unique and harsh. For example, it is
customary for a convicted murderer to be tied to the corpse of his
victim and allowed to starve to death. If one is accused of a crime, it
is brought before the council, which consists of the family elders and
the chief. In this instance, the chief is simply an advisor. The elders
hear the voice of the accuser and the accused. They will sit and discuss
the matter until they reach a unanimous verdict. As Notari are not fond
of these discussions, they generally do not last long. Once the elders
have made their decision, the accused will either be set free as the
situation did not occur, or they will face the punishment. The elder’s
decision is never questioned, as they are the oldest and the elders are
also considered the wisest.
Do not take life
from the young and innocent (animals, elves, or anything else)
Starved for 5 days, and then staked out in the elements without
protection, given superficial wounds that allow the scent of blood to
carry, and then left to die at the hands of nature.
Leave Tyrra as
you found her.
walk behind a horse for 3 days. You can eat or drink whatever is in
front of you, and behind the horse.
Do not take
belongings of others without consent.
Dragged behind a horse at full gallop for 3 miles and then left at that
very spot in banishment.
Do not take life
from any tribe members
to the corpse of the victim (or that of a large deceased animal, in a
successful resurrection) and allowed to starve to death.
Take care of your
Belongings will be divided up among family, and banished for 3 days.
Do not slack on
allowed to move, talk, or eat for 3 days.
Do not use the
magics against Tyrra (no chaos).
Removal of tongue, starved for 5 days, forced to stand on hot coals
during the entire five days, hobbled at knees and ankles, until dead.
are not at all what other races might think. Their way of life is
simple, not because they do not know any better, but because it’s the
best way they want to live! They have no need to build cities, which
scar Tyrra, they have no need for boundaries which exclude other living
creatures of Tyrra, and they have no need for invaluable hunks of
metal. The Notari value life, freedom, and balance.
The land is just
as much a living creature as any wild elf that walks across it. It
breathes through the plants, it drinks through the soil, and it knows
all of the creatures that eventually become part of it. The Notari will
use the land for their needs, and when they leave then they will give
the land what it needs to replenish itself. Remains of dead animals that
are buried feed the land, compost piles are spread to enrich the soil,
and water is sprinkled to bring life to the plants. Wild Elves firmly
believe in the circle of life, and if they do not give in return for
what they take then the land will find revenge in its own way. It’s a
balance of life, a fairness of nature.
The Notari that
live in villages reside in shelters, sometimes palisaded, consisting of
large, bark-covered dwellings that can house several families who are
related through maternal descent.
Elm bark is used
for sheathing these houses, as well as for making such containers as
dishes and barrels, and for building canoes.
practice agriculture; males clear the fields, which are then planted,
tended, and harvested by the females. Crops include corn, beans, squash,
and sunflowers. Hunting and fishing are of lesser importance.
There is no
superior sex among the Notari. Each Notari knows his or her strengths
and weaknesses, and they share their talents with others. While the
males tend to be physically stronger, they do not see the women as
inferior for they know very well that the females strength lie in areas
that they lack. As well as the females will share their strong traits
and find no shame in accepting the help of the male strengths.
The Notari take great interest in how they care for their children. They
know that their children are the future of the tribe. Taking full
advantage of this notion, the children are educated at a very young age.
They take the older children to go out every once in a while with the
hunters and learn how to hunt and gather food, while the younger
children learn how to plant crops, store food, cook, sew, make pottery,
and weave baskets and nets. When the children are babies, mothers care a
great deal for their health and made sure that they can chew and swallow
their food. In order to make it easier, mothers of the tribe chew the
food first to break it down, and then give it to the infant to digest
Notari do not
marry in the sense that most other races do. There is no noble to
officiate the joining, no parental consent, and no public promises.
Simply, the two Notari know when they have found their match that will
challenge them and inspire them to the last of their days. When both
Notari realize this, they invite all their friends and family to share
in their good fortune, known as the Choosing. A party is held that last
well into the night, after which the two Notari know each other
intimately for the first time. Promiscuity is needless to the Notari,
for they know when they have found the one that they will share their
life with. Therefore, the two Notari will only know each other
The Notari celebrated their dead. When a member of their tribe passes
away, they hold a feast for relatives and friends. Wrapping up the
corpse in furs, they place it on top of a litter inside of the village
and mourn. After a day has passed, the corpse is set on a pyre and
burned at evenfall. A celebration is held around the pyre until the last
ember dies. What bones that can be found are pulled from the ashes,
cleaned, wrapped in animal skin, and buried.
Every ten years,
the Notari hold a Feast of the Dead. During this feast, people will
bring remains of their dead relatives back to the village, scrapped the
bones clean, and burn all of the remains to ash. After this is done, as
a tradition they feast, tell stories about the dead, play sporting
games, and give presents to their young.
- First Moon
The events of the year are recounted by tribe’s
storytellers. Each family has a telling of honor, in which they voice
the events of the year and actions of family members in terms of honor.
The fields and herbs are planted, and the seeds of wild
flowers are thrown into the winds outside of the fields to beautify the
landscape when they bloom. This is a popular time for ‘Choosings’.
- Sun Festival
The blossoms which are on the trees and plants are collected. Their
oils are extracted, they are pressed for dyes, and put in hair. The
major warrior competitions are held on this day. The Families will bring
a food dish to share with the tribe.
- Feast of the Sun
Notari who have grown to maturity are recognized as
adults on this day. From this day on, they are responsible for tacking
their own acts of valor. The now-adult elves will choose which part of
the Tribal society they wish to pursue solely.
- First Harvest
The harvest of fruits, vegetables, and berries is
begun. Herbs are gathered to dry in the sun for winter storage. It is
also known as Corollary Day, for although the days grow shorter, it is
the warmest time of the year. It is a reminder that consequences may
linger long after any action, and so one must think before acting.
- Second Harvest
Fields that were planted in the summer are harvested for grains, corn,
and the vegetables. Wood is gathered and stored to last though the
winter. Baking competitions are held.
Notari Ceremoniess are very primitive. The rites are performed to remind
the elves of their own primitive core. While they advance in many ways,
they use the Ceremonies to bring back who they once were. It allows them
to get in touch with Tyrra and the ‘child’ inside of them.
Dawn of Life:
The Dawn of Life is a rite performed when a child is born into the clan.
Once the labor is complete and a new child takes its first breath, the
elders of the clan gather with the child to present it to the tribe. The
child is placed on a bed of seasonal foliage and furs. The elders stand
in a circle around the child and chant the song of life. Then, each
elder adds their own verse to the chant, which is a wish for the future
of the child. Then, the child is bathed in fresh water by the babe’s
father. Finally, while the child is passed around the clan, presents are
presented to the child’s parents that will help in rearing the child.
The Rite of
This rite is performed when the child shows signs of adulthood. The
child is singled out in the middle of their family and given a
challenging task that befits their talents, be it weaving, planting,
hunting, herding, or some other talent. Once the child completes the
task, his/ her parents present the child with a gift befitting their
talent. The entire family chants the song of youth, adding a final verse
about the strengths of the child. Once the child receives his/her gift,
the family then celebrates the child’s coming of age.
This rite is performed when preparing for a formal Magic Spell. Once the
outline of the circle has been lain and the components are set in the
center, the Notari caster then calls upon the Tyrra and her creatures
for help in the success of the Formal Magic Spell. With a small flame,
or torch (can be phys-repped with a dimmed flashlight or orange liquid
light) the caster dances around the inside of the circle chanting the
Song of Success. At the end, the caster adds a verse concerning the
specific nature of the Formal Magic Spell. Once this Formal Magic Spell
is performed, the caster then begins the formal casting. It is forbidden
to consume intoxicants during this Formal Magic Spell.
Rite of Victory:
When the Notari are preparing for war, they first perform the Rite of
Victory. Not only is it used to call on Tyrra and her creatures for help
in Victory, but it also promotes pride and courage in the Notari
warriors. The Notari clan gathers around a bonfire and each warrior
displays his or her best combat move. All the while, the rest of the
clan cheers them on. Finally the elders begin to chant the Song of
Victory. As the song continues, the warriors began to take up the chant
as well. By the third time around, the entire clan is shouting the chant
and helping the warriors prepare for battle. It is forbidden to consume
intoxicants during this Ceremony.
Each Notari warrior earns a special weapon that is bonded to their
spirit and their totem. Once the elf feels the time is right, they will
find a shaman (one who casts formals) and request the Tasks of the
Spirit. The shaman will meditate with Notari for a day, while their
totems communicate with one another. The shaman will be told what weapon
best suits the Notari by the totem. Once the mediation is broken, the
shaman will send the elf on a series of trials to retrieve ingredients
to create the weapon. Once all trials have been completed, the shaman
will perform Tyrra's gift, using a pint of the Notari's blood. Once all
formals are completed, the Notari will meditate for 2 days with their
totem and their Spirit Weapon to complete the bond.
The White Stag-
The white stag is a creature of legend for the Notari. He is said to
speak the ancient language and bears mysterious markings. To touch him
can give everlasting life, to attack him is to bring death to all. To
simply see him, even at a distance, is said to be good fortune.
The Skinwalkers- In ancient times, there was a tribe of Notari
elf known as the Skinwalkers. Their affinity with nature was so close
that they could become their personal totem at will. It is said that the
Skinwalkers still exist, but they hide in their totems preparing for a
time of great trouble for their Clans.
The Lupine Tribes-
It is believed that wolves are powerful and ancient creatures that have
a great effect on the balance. Wolves that are dove gray or white
protect nature and all that is good, while wolves that are charcoal or
black desecrate nature and spread the seed of evil. These tribes are
always at odds, never able to affect each other directly. So they use
the Notari and other sentient beings in their struggles.
The Shadow Kin-
These creatures have the ability to not only walk in shadow, but become
part whatever non-living object is casting the shadow. The Kin devour
any life that crosses their path and they are indeed skilled hunters.
While they are not necromantic or chaotic in nature, they despise all
living things. It is believed that they are some sort of evil fae sent
to destroy the Notari harmony with Tyrra.
All Notari bare a
personal totem, a natural creature that represents their true spirit. It
is a choice made at different times for each Notari. When the Notari
feels the time is right, they will travel a great distance from home and
spend 3 days and nights in meditation with nature. On the third night,
the spirit of the Notari calls out to his/her totem, and the totem will
appear. Then, the Notari will find the solace of sleep. When they
awaken, the Notari will tattoo their totem somewhere on their body. Some
Notari will openly display their totem, others may feel that their totem
is a private thing and place it somewhere that is easily hidden. Either
way, from that point on, they will revere their totem.
Notari, like their elven cousins, possess special abilities. They have
an uncanny ability to shrug off charming effects from other creatures.
In addition, they are able to oppose attacks that may put them to sleep.
All Notari are able to perform these feats, some more than others.
As elves, the
Notari are very adept with bows. It is a natural talent they have that
allows them to learn the art quickly. However, due to their smaller
stature, the Notari find it hard to direct large weapons that require
Notari early aging is similar to that of the Quentari. However due to
the stress and fatigue they place on their lithe elven frames, they
begin to age quicker as they grow older. It is almost unheard of for a
Notari to live past middle age.
Age Stage Human
Notari language is based on the Iriquois American Indian Language. It is
a very strong and language. It is not necessary for you to
learn this language in anyway. It is simply a tool to enhance your
role-play and your history if you so choose to use it. The following are
some examples of the language.
ee-stee Nee- hee
Hee-lah-go Dees Nee-hee
Elves are a great deal of fun to play. The easiest study for roleplay
references would be “Dances with Wolves" and “The Last of the Mohicans”.
While these are good references to get into your roleplay, you must
follow the guidelines in this handbook.
The following are
specific points that you should keep in mind when playing a Wild Elf in
Do not use
antiquated stereo-type roleplay.
That is just bad B-movie melodrama. Be creative! Have some fun! Pick up
skills to flesh out your roleplay; Archery, first aid/healing arts, OC
Tracking, OC Animal Lore, armorsmithing (leather), etc.
You can speak
The Notari language is just a tool for you to use while roleplaying. You
need not speak with an accent, nor do you need to pretend that common is
a hard language for you. The Notari language is basically what the
ancient elders speak. You, as a PC, are much worldlier and the Native
tongue is just something your grandparents speak.
Dress the part.
Wild elves wear clothing that is more suitable to the task rather than
what is fashionable. They also use the entire animal, including skin for
clothes and housing. Try clothes in shades of brown, and leather if you
can afford it. Add feathers and bone colored beads to an artfully cut
t-shirt. Slit the sides of your tan jeans or trousers and thread them
with brown laces or leather. Mind you, while they do wear clothing that
fits the task, they won’t wear Sarr furs in the winter or go nude in
summer. Common sense and proper etiquette when needed are not beneath a
wild elf’s understanding.
Wild elf philosophy surrounds the balance of nature. Use that in all
aspects of your roleplay. Suggest alternatives to slaughtering living
creatures, comment on the wasteful habits of others, take deep pleasures
in natural views (sunsets, full moons, deer crossing through town,
autumn trees, etc), save what animals you can, and so on. Again, show it
in your dress by wearing a costume that resembles the fur and hides of
animals you have hunted to eat.
Wild yes, rude no.
While wild elves do not bend knee to collar or crown, they are well
aware of what rude disrespect will get them. When among other wild
elves, be democratic and contributive. Speak your mind but also listen
to others. By all means speak your mind to others as well, just remain
respectful of them as you are in their lands. Your attitude and demeanor
will be observed and noted by other tribe members. Dishonoring your
tribe by being insolent will not only get you in trouble with those you
disrespect, but your tribe as well.
Play by the
spirit not the letter.
It obvious what this handbook calls for when playing a wild elf, and
there is an obvious American Indian spirit to it. Please keep this in
mind when you are roleplaying your wild elf.