Tales of the Northern March
The elves are an ancient race who claim descent from the Vanir. Like all fey creatures, their first home was Vanaheim but the war with the Aesir caused many to flee to Midgard. The wood elves were among those who left during the war. When the accord was reached and the Vanir relocated to Asgard, the remaining high elves gathered their treasures and followed their kin. They drove off the tribe of giants called the Fomorians and founded their kingdom of Alfheim.
They leave their dead in sacred groves in the forest to be destroyed by the elements and animals. They worship the Vanir and consider Frey to be the chief god. Elves do not mate for life, given their long lifespans, preferring a pledge of limited duration when they bond at all. Many elves never marry, preferring to take lovers as they like.
A fian (plural: fianna) is a small, independent band of landless young elves who travel the world adventuring but are sworn to provide military service to the High King, should the need arise. A member of such a group is called a fénnid. In the decentralized elvish society, this is what serves as the army. Among other races, they tend to have a bad reputation as brigands.
Elven names are Irish (Aislinn, Bran, Colm, Fiona). They do not use surnames but often have nicknames or, occasionally, references to famous ancestors (mac Bran).
High elves are highly cultured and skilled with magic. The majority of them dwell in the High King’s court under the hill (sidhe) called Elf Cap, but a few live in Sheer Hollow and Fallsport.
Wood elves are capricious forest-dwellers. They live in hunter-gatherer bands and are highly egalitarian. They have no permanent leaders and families are matrilocal. Rowanbrook is their own permanent settlement and serves as a trading outpost.