High Elf

A distinct genetic variant of the standard elf is called a “high elf” or “elf lord”. Akin to drow nobles, high elves are naturally skilled at magic, often able to use simple magic without significant training. A high elf is born 1 in 500 (or rarer) from the union of two “normal” elves and is given every advantage in life. Most have class levels or at least advanced training in some field (most likely politics). Should a high elf distinguish themselves, they have the right to establish a noble house in their name. Physically they resemble a typical elf except they all possess vibrant green eyes and longer, backward-swept ears, more angular features, and a regal command in their voice. Unlike drow nobles, the birth of a high elf is a celebrated event regardless of who its parents are. When they come of age, high elves must chose a new last name and shed family ties and forsake any title or tithe they are owed. In this way they ensure a new dynasty can potentially be established.

It is more common for two high elf parents to produce a high elf offspring (about 1 in 10) and only slightly rarer for a high elf who breeds with a common elf (about 1 in 50). Because of this the leaders of many noble elven houses are often related and on friendly terms with each other.

High elves possess all of the racial traits listed for elf characters, plus the following:

  • +4 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence, +2 Wisdom, +2 Charisma, –2 Constitution. High elves are are very agile, observant, and regal. These ability score modifiers replace the standard elf ability score modifiers.

  • High Elven Magic: Elves receive a +4 racial bonus on caster level checks made to overcome spell resistance. In addition, elves receive a +4 racial bonus on Spellcraft skill checks made to identify the properties of magic items. This replaces the normal elven magic racial trait.

  • Spell-Like Abilities: High elves have the following spell-like abilities usable at will; comprehend languages, detect poison. High elves also have detect magic as a constant spell-like ability. A high elf can also cast divine favor, dispel magic, and suggestion once per day each as spell-like abilities. A high elf’s caster level for her spell-like abilities is equal to her character level and they use their Intelligence as their relevant casting modifier.

Racial Points: +15