There are 3 races of elves in Othea, the arcane driven High Elves, nature warden Forest Elves, and underground warriors of the Shadow Elves.
Tall and slender, the High Elves can be found around the world. They have forsaken their innate tie to nature, and instead have formed a connection with the arcane. Anywhere a source of magic is found, high elves are sure to be there.
Respect for tradition runs deep within their blood, and few stray from the old ways of life. Often the form friendships with long lived races, though they associate with short lived races such as humans as they have demonstrated a remarkable aptitude for learning the art of the arcane in such short amounts of time.
Tall and fit the long lived Forest Elves embodies the spiritual force of nature. Many of their kind seek to maintain a balance with the world to ensure that both mortals and nature survive. Their complexion and features slowly change to adapt to the area they live in as they bond with the local wildlife and community often staying in one place for centuries at a time.
Respect for Tradition runs deep within their blood, and few stray from the old ways of life. They strive for friendships with races whose lifespan matches their own or longer. Such comradery once formed last centuries and provide strong alliances. Once slighted however, their ire remains just as long. Others prefer to interact with the short lived races such as humans though it pains them to watch several generations pass by as they outlive entire family lines.
Powerful and intimidating the shadow elves stand tall and proud in defense of any place they call home. In their ancient underground cities they fiercely fight off all manor of horrors and abominations, including intrusion from the surface. Often regarded by the other races as overtly hostile they are slow to make friends, but once an alliance has been formed you are treated as one of them, for better or worse.
Tradition is mandated among the Shadow Elves, as following their own strict rules is how they have survived so long in the very harsh and unforgiving Schism. Outsiders are treated with extreme caution if they are even allowed into a city and often have to endure harsh criticism by the community until they have proven their loyalty, at which point they will be defended by the entire city should someone question their commitment.