Elven Beliefs

Elven Beliefs

In many ways, elves share the beliefs of humans, but they disagree with some of the details. Like the humans, the elves believe the material world was constructed by two creators, Fader and Moder. Similarly, they believe that these two supreme beings gave rise to the entities commonly called the First. Elves,however, believe that following the creation of the First, the two creators lost interest in the world and took no further action in the mortal planes. Thus, they tend to see the First as gods, children of the two creators, and they respect them as such.

Thus the actions of Luuth and Dibir in what would be called the Banishment have particular significance to the elves. To most elves, their god, Dibir, is dead. Thus they hold that they have no god. They respect the divinity of the other First, but elves view themselves as being godless. This does not, however, mean they are without morals or obligations. Quite the opposite, the elves as a race feel responsible for the Banishment and the splintering of the First, since it was their two deities who were at the heart of the conflict. They see themselves as having to atone for the sins of their gods. Thus, elves view themselves as being responsible for the humans, honor-bound to protect and guide them. This does not, of course, mean that they are in any way slaves to the humans. Elves choose their own way to protect and guide and the opinion of the humans in this regard carries little weight with them. More accurately, elves tend to see humans as almost children that must be guarded and shepherded. And as with children, frequently the humans must be allowed to make their own mistakes, since they clearly are not yet intelligent enough to accept the elve’s superior wisdom.

As a result of their lack of a god, the elves have no organized religion and rarely worship any deity. Those few who do choose to devote themselves to a deity select one from among the other First, the gods of the humans being the most common. Usga, the good Giant goddess, is also a common choice, but it is rare for an elf to ever worship a dwarven god. Such an elf would be viewed with at best pity and at worst disdain and pity by other elves.

Because of this situation, there are very few clerics among the elves. The few that take up this calling must select from among the other gods and a result they often travel far from the elven lands. Elven druids, however, are more common, even in the great city of Tallan on the Gray Isle. Among the various druidic traditions of the races, the elves are the most organized, with a central temple and administrative center in Tallan, but they still maintain a looser structure than most organized religions.

Human attitudes towards the elves

The Church has officially labeled the elven beliefs as heretical. Among the heresies denounced by the Church, however, this is the least persecuted. Elves are rarely harmed as a result of their beliefs and when they are, it is always the result of a zealot rather than official Church policy. Humans who subscribe to elven beliefs however are more frequently persecuted, with some having even been put to death. In 1203, the entire village of Hintervale in the Duchy of Atrom was put to death after a majority of the people began following an elven druidic who had taught about the elven belief system. The elven druid, however, was unharmed although he was banished to the Gray Isle. It is uncommon, however, for humans to adopt elven beliefs and as a result such persecutions are unheard of today.

Elven Beliefs

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