Compared to most other races, Elven physique shows more delicacy and slightness. They have rounded faces, yet show a distinct sharpness due to their large, narrow eyes, and long, pointed ears. Elves traditionally wear their hair long and free, though several tribes, and amongst them especially the spiritual royalty, have a preference for extraordinarily complex and decorated hairstyles. Elves normally wear clothes fashioned from a light and delicate cloth called lushk. Similar to well known silk, lushk has a higher durability and water resistance, always specially treated to make very high quality clothing. Throughout the centuries no non-elf has managed to uncover the origin and making of these fascinating clothes, though more than one tailor has longed for a recipe.

When one looks into the eyes of an elf, one sees the many centuries of time mirrored in them, which is often quite shocking as elves always look hauntingly young and beatiful. Most people find it frightening, unable to handle such an experience. Renowned for their bewitchingly melodic and bright voices, the amazing music they weave with them sends chills down many a listener's spine.

Because the problems of humans do not interest elves, humans often mistake them for not being serious about world problems. In reality however, elves simply find the short term problems of humans of little importance compared to the longer term conflicts the world faces.

Despite their tragic history, elves nevertheless derive a great deal of pleasure from entertainment due to their highly sensitive and emotional nature. They are known for songs and poems, as well as for long narratives. Elves are able to put far more detail into their stories, remembering minutiae no other race would be capable of recalling over the epochs Elven stories follow.

Elves may seem to spend a long time coming to a decision, but once they have focused their minds, they rarely reconsider. As a result, other races often see them as a terribly obstinate people. This stubbornness has, for instance, caused the current Milleyar. It also means that an elf who has put his mind onto a task will not stop until he has achieved it. However, the elf may take decade-long breaks in his work because time means little to elves. Other races often find this fundamental facet of their personality terribly frustrating.

Elves possess a high resistance to magic compared to other races, as well as infravision and uncompromisingly keen long distance vision. This ability to see clearly and far has led them to develop extraordinary skills with composite longbows, although they also are highly trained in the use of swords as well as other weapons. Some tribes have developed their own specialized weapons as well, the construction of which is typically a well guarded secret.

Elves live very long lives, and rumour has it that an elf only dies as the result of a fight or a broken heart. Members of different tribes can breed, but this is usually unacceptable to either society, and both could face ostracism from families and friends even if inter-tribal relations are friendly. Elves do not give birth nearly as often as more short lived races. Development of an Elven child also takes much longer; an elf is commonly not considered adult until he reaches more than a hundred years of age. All other races recognize that over the course of their long lives, elves will amass a gigantic amount of knowledge.