Hell of a Summer
The elves of Eberron are a manifold race. There are the drow in Xen’drik, the undying elves of Aerenal, the nomadic horse warriors of Valenar, and the elves familiar to the people of the Five Nations- the Khorvaire elves. For the purposes of this campaign, we will look only at the Khorvairian elves.
“I swore an oath to protect this city before your grandfather was born, human. And when your grandchildren are but memories, I’ll walk the borders still.” – Killarin Shaez, elf ranger in the service of Fairhaven
Living among short-lived, ever changing races such as humans and halflings, the elves of the Five Nations have learned to identify themselves more by nation and culture than by race. With a blend of the longIived perspective common to other elves and the quick, adaptable nature of other races, these elves are equally capable of long-term planning and quick, decisive action.
The elves of the Five Nations do not have the numbers or national unity of those from the nations of Valenar or Aerenal, yet they are the elves most commonly encountered by other races. Almost all these elves put their national identity above their racial identity; for example, an elf from Breland has more in common (at least in terms of social and philosophical views) with other citizens of Breland than he does with elves from Aerenal or Valenar. EIves associated with either of the great elf dragonmarked houses, however, identify themselves first as members of the house rather than as citizens of a particular nation or members of a specific community.
The dragonmarked houses House Phiarlan and House Thuranni are the two power centers most closely identified with Khorvairan elves. Between them, they have a monopoly on the entertainment industry of Khorvaire and secretly split the clandestine industry of spying and assassination.