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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s Races – Elves

Wild Hunt

Elves are one of the three major races in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels, and CD Projekt RED’s games. They are also one of the three Elder Races, along with dwarves and gnomes. Elves first came to the continent on their white ships after dwarves and gnomes wild hunt, but about one thousand years before the humans.

The elves ultimately found themselves at war with the humans, after failing to realise the growing threat of the humans for several hundred years. The elder races lost the war with the humans, and they now live amongst humans as second class citizens. The elder races have to pay a levy to live in a town just because they are not human. One of the main reasons that they lost the war with the humans is that elves live a lot longer than humans, but they are much less fertile, while the humans don’t live anywhere near long as elves, but they reproduce much more, so ultimately humans outnumbered the elves.

Due to being treat poorly by the humans in the Northern Kingdoms, the elves and other non humans formed a guerilla group known as the Scoia’tael. The Scoia’tael are also known as ‘the Squirrels’ because they live like squirrels in the woods. The Scoia’tael  hate humans just as much as humans hate non-humans, and they attempt to kill as many of them as they can. They allied with Nilfgaard against the Northern Kingdoms, and were chiefly used by the Nilgaardian Emperor,  Emhyr var Emreis, as a diversion but also to support his army. In return for siding with Nilfgaard, the elves received  Dol Blathanna (the Valley of the Flowers) as an independent state. Enid an Gleanna, also known as Francesca Findabair, is the queen of their state. Dol Blathanna used to belong to the elves for many years until the humans conquered it and the elves then fled to the mountains. They hoped to wait out the humans, as they thought they were nothing more than a plague which would one day end.

Elves differ from humans in looks slightly, but are generally considered attractive. They have pointed ears and they have small, identical teeth without canines.

Elves are also known as Aen Seidhe, but other groups of elves such as the Aen Elle. The Aen Elle are from a completely different world than the Aen Seidhe, and the capital of their world is  Tir ná Lia and they are ruled by Auberon Muircetach.*Spoilers about the Wild Hunt*  It is revealed that the Wild Hunt is actually the Aen Elle and Auberon Muircetach is the King of the Wild Hunt.

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