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There are two ways to think about what elves are to this world. One is as an immortal race of dimensional travelers and planetary curators - and they are that, certainly. The other is to deal with them on the personal level, in the daily lives of the other peoples of Menelon. For the purposes of this article, we'll be dealing with the latter only.
The elves of Menelon are indeed an ancient race, and with them you get some of what you get in any other fantasy setting - pointed ears, somewhat fragile, large, angular eyes, nature dwellers, magically-gifted, and either long-lived or immortal. They were humanity's allies in the Great War, and throughout human history have been generous with their knowledge and experience, assisting humans for as long as humans can recall. Rarely intrusive, and never dictatorial, the elves as a race have simply always been around with an astute observation or a helping hand. They've had a civilizing influence on their human neighbors and seem to expect little in return other than to be allowed to pursue their own interests in peace.
If you were to walk down any street in Fernwall or several other human cities, you might see an elf or two going about their business, too. They are likely to be young, for their species, and if you were acquainted, that elf would even stop and exchange pleasantries with you, just like any other human acquaintance would. As they age, they tend to have less and less in common with the mortal races and so it is very, very rare to see one outside of their home wood or enclave. Younger elves tend to enjoy human company, and some enjoy it so much that half-elves are not uncommon in areas where elven and human settlements are in proximity to one another.
Elves on Menelon live in a relative handful of settlements, usually in a primeval forest. These are typically known as "elven woods" and one exists on every known continent on the planet. Within each wood is a "faeling circle," an interdimensional portal that is believed to keep the entire planet in its proper dimensional nexus-point. The circles are also studied by human scholars, and some can be found living in proximity to the woods where they occur. The major known circles above ground are in the wood of Tinhellerin and the Sylantian Wood. Less powerful circles exist in the elven wood in Fernwall, and in the enclave near the Sea of Orahn.
More to come.
Yes, there are sea elves. In fact, there are entire civilizations under those vast waters. We're getting to them.