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Structure of Mystara elf-like creaturesby Håvard
What you were talking about with Big Mac in the other thread made me think there could be two places called Annwn as well. PC1 seems to suggest that Annwn exists on Mystara, but I think it would be interesting to have a plane for Dark Fey creatures as well. Perhaps this Annwn is just a different name for Svartalfheim?
I like your interpretation of the Dark Elves. Perhaps the split between the Light Elves and the Dark Elves took place during the Childhood of the Elves. The Dark Elves were simply the elves that rejected Ordana and went on to live in Svartalfheim/Annwn.
Inspired by the Eladrin in D&D5E and their relationship with the elves, I wanted to organize various Mystaran elf-like creatures in a similar structure shown in this thread.
Basically I would have the structure be something like this:
- Eldar Elves - These were the firstborn created by Ordana with aid from the Fey. They split into Ljosalfar and Svartalfar.
- Ljosalfar Nobles - These are Exalted Level creatures. Sometimes called High Elves, Light Elves, Norse Elves etc. Found on the Outer Plane of Alfheim and the Plane of Feywood.
- Lesser Ljosalfar (Sidhe) - Like nobles, but as described in PC1. Found on Mystara and on the planes mentioned above.
- Faedorne - See AC9. Always female, protects elves. They create and control Silver Warrior Constructs. Found on the Shining Isles both on Mystara and the planes mentioned above.
- Protectors - See B3. Green Skinned servants of Ordana. They protect special realms like Haven.
- Dracon Eldar - Shapechangers, able to take Dragon form. They (falsely) claim to be ancestors of both Dragons and Elves. (This is my adaptation of the Eldar from the Dragonborn Trilogy. If you want to count that as 100% canon, then they are the ancestors of Dragons too, but that never sat right by me).
- Svartalfar Nobles - Exalted Level Creatures. Counterpart of the Ljosalfar. Sometimes called Dark Elves etc. Found on the Outer Plane of Svartalfheim/Annwn
- Lesser Svartalfar (Dark Sidhe) - Use stats for Sidhe(?) - Found on Mystara and on the Outer Plane of Annwn. Sometimes servants of Loki. They have ties to the Moulder Dwarves of Mystara.
- Elves - The third group of descendants from the Eldar Elves. True Demi-Humans/Mortals. Natives to Mystara. Many are also found on the Outer Plane of Alfheim, Feywood, Svartalfheim, Annwn. Numerous cultures and clans.
- Shadowelves -Schattenalfen and Shadowelves. Adapted to life underground.
- Aquatic Elves - Aquarendi. Adapted to life under water.
- Ee'aar - Winged Elves.
Theoretically we could have Dark Elf versions of the Faedorne, Protectors and Dracon Eldar too...
In the other thread I also speculated that the Faerie (from the Master Set) could be descended from the Eldar Elves....