Elves are the only indigenous race on the island of Salovar. When the first dryad seeds reached Salovar after a violent tsunami, the elves greeted the newborn treefolk with fascination, nurturing them until they could care for themselves. It took many generations before other races discovered Salovar, and during this time, elves and dryads developed a mutual respect for each other. Some have even formed private, lifelong bonds with dryads.
Since, humans and halflings have invaded the coastland, and worse, dwarves have colonized the deep mountains of the island, encroaching on the inland elven territory. These destructive races have angered the native elven populations, who have taken up arms in defense of their livelihood. Though after many years the elves and humans have reached a tenuous peace, the stubborn dwarves refuse to make concessions to elven demands. The militarily more advanced dwarves have established permanent bases at the edges of elven lands, while the elves fight back using small strike forces, ambushes, and sabotage. The dryads have recently joined their spiritual kin against the dwarves, for similar reasons.
Elves are tall and slender, with pointed ears, and a dark, olive complexion. They are superficially similar to dryads in proportion, but are much shorter. They tend to wear animal furs, have domesticated the wolf, and live in harmony amongst the trees.