“Our greatest tragedy is the diminishing of our people. Each season we are less and the other races are more. The Plague has taken so much of our strength that we cannot even bear to greet outsiders with joy, but rather with suspicion, spells, and drawn swords. Spears and fire will not preserve us. Fear and cloistering will not preserve us. The only way to move forward is to accept the world as it is, and to begin to repair it. Elves of the cities, to your feet! Do not lounge in listless leisure! The end has not come to overtake us; we have lived to make a new dawn!”

Speech delivered by Kelaatulë Elimä at the steps of the Temple of the Daystar, X116

The Anuneiä comprise those elves who did not abandon their settlements and who’s larger kingdoms did not collapse. They worship the Wind-Lord Anunë as their chief god and compose their works of art in his honor.

Anuneiä can be found throughout the Northern areas of Arunë, as many former elven kingdoms consolidated and the Anuneiä worked very hard to keep trade-routes open. Unlike their cousins the Oronë, their skin ranges from pale white to a light tan. They are normally fair of hair, though they may also run in the darker ranges.

Anuneiä speak a dialect of Ävedic that is closely related to the Oroneiën dialect though is also slightly different. The Anuneiä share a homogeneous culture due to the paidea, a system of learned texts that all Anuneiën societies hold in esteem. Scholars and spell-singers travel from kingdom to kingdom, being paid for their time and effort in teaching the paiëda to the nobles of each of the Auneneiën kingdoms.

Wind Elf society is based around the attainment of perfection in one’s task as an act of devotion to Anunë and to the world itself. Thus, many Wind Elves work constantly against an inner challenge to better themselves and improve themselves in their choice of work.

The Silver Road. Another thing which allows the Anuneiä to have such a homogeneous culture across the face of the world is the series of ancient stone circles known as the Silver Road. In each Anuneiën kingdom (including those that are now defunct or abandoned), somewhat removed from farmlands, mines, or cities in order to reduce the danger of invaders, is a circle of mosaic tile inlaid with sindabras or elf-silver. These stones allow instantaneous travel from one circle to another when the proper words are spoken and matching Mäidic runes drawn in the air by a wizard. Oronë once had a Silver Circle, but during the plague they intentionally destroyed it by marring the runes. It is hypothesized by many scholars that the Silver Road actually helped spread the Bleeding Plague and was one reason why the elves suffered worst from it.

Anuneiä template

Anuneiä have no particular bonus to sneaking, nor do they gain any bonuses for using bows. Instead, all Anuneiä are trained in the paidea and so gain usage of a single type of sword for free. If they spend a proficiency slot on learning this weapon they also gain a +1 bonus to their attacks. In addition, all Anuneiä know all elven dialects at no language slot cost.

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