A Half Elf is a person of Aiers, who has an elf parent and a parent of another species, as for example a human mother and an elven father.
Historically, such unions were looked down upon by elves, as the half elves have a much shorter lifespan than the one of their elven parent -depending this much of the parent of other race-. As well, it wasn't very common in many historic times for other peoples to condone such unions either.
The term also applies to people of mixed blood, hence, the child of two half elves would be a half elf as well. More commonly, inter-breeding was rarely so even, hence peoples of less than half elven descent might still be referred to as 'half elves'. But in many cases, certain small communities might give rise to some descendants who were evenly mixed for a few generations.
However, in some historic moments this prejudice can change -for example in the Orc-elven kingdom of the Galawkey, when it was routine for political alliances marriages and unions between High Orc nobles and Hebonnor elves, or in the elven-human kingdom of Valkny Valknyria in a similar way-, but normally such unions have a stigma of perceived illegitimacy: Either for conquest, war, invasions or non-marital relations.
Result of WarEdit
For example, the case of the Im'Salanos, of Kanov and elven ancestors: while they will grow to become a nation in their own, the origin of the Im'Salanos was the conquest of Tryan'marhiel, a high elven city, by Kanov barbarians, who killed the males who could bear arms and took the women and children for themselves. Other examples are from the other side, when during the High Elven imperialism, the armies of the Empire of Whide Axis left behind as well bastards.
Violence, rape and slavery, or so many people thought of the origins of half-elves: a sign of being low born in most places.
However as said, in some cultures this will slowly change, as happened in northwestern Aels for example with the Grey elf people: first conquered by humans, many of the grey elves successfully adapted to human society, and a sign of this adaptation will be inter-marriage. First opposed by the grey elven elders and the church, it slowly became more common.
Types of Half ElvesEdit
While Half elf/human and elf/kanov were some of the more common half breeds, there existed many other possibilities:
- elf/fairy (mostly between mourlicoun leaf elves and fairy)
- elf/orc (more common within the Galawkey High Orc-Hebonnor elven, but as well was encouraged in the Dark tower of Billibonce between Ozcura Orc 'grey orcs' and swamp elves--Blood elf(ves))
- elf/goblin, elf/ogre (more common in eastern Hieyoks)
- elf/giant (called Trelkas, mostly in Hieyoks between Ice elves and Ice Giants)
- elf/dwarf (very uncommon)
- elf/beastmen (mostly in the Loranor Kingdom in Aels, but as well in the Rakshasa kingdoms in Hieyoks)
- elf/demon (not with all demon kinds, but with races as werewolves, vampires, succubus and Izhrim).
Half Elf SocietiesEdit
Half elves were rarely common enough to form their own nations. The notable exceptions were the already noted nations of Valknyria, the nobility of the Hebonnor from the High Orc / Mountain elf kingdom of Galawkey and the Im'Salanos, and the Billiboncean Ozcura (who identified themselves as orcs). Other examples may exist, but were all minor in extent.
More commonly, half elves would begin to become more populous in areas where races lived adjacent to each other, or side by side. Examples of this would be the Rossnes Blood elf people who would sometimes mate with demon classed people. Or the Grey elf folk who would often mate with humans. Half elves would become common enough in many towns or out of the way villages such as logging outposts for the community to become known, and sometimes reviled, as a "Half Elf" community.
Loss of Genetic IdentityEdit
In most cases, the pressure of humanity would cause a "genetic swamp out" effect. Many "Half elves" were really quarter elves or eighth elves, or less. Even such places such as Valknyria were never truly integrated races, let alone genetically merged. Even the truly genetic Half Elf society of the Im'Salanos would gradually have elven characteristics wane as Kanov and human outsiders would mix more frequently than individuals of elven decent. Although this process was slowed somewhat as elves and half elves would sometimes immigrate there as it was a successful Half Elf municipality in a world becoming ever more human.
In the centuries following The Cataclysm, the process of assimilation sped up. Ultimately, while millions of elves continued to live on the world of Aiers, they were surrounded by billions of humans. As usual, half elves in the sense of being direct children of an elf were more rare than the elves themselves, almost vanishingly small amidst the human population. Nonetheless, in the larger sense of families having elven blood in their past, it would be quite common for people who were mostly human to claim elven ancestors and sometimes to even refer to themselves as "half-elves" as a result.
This was often a means of achieving some sense of a special past or notoriety. Often, individuals of some other non-human heritage, or simply wishful thinking humans, would claim to be descended from elves.
Certainly though, elven blood might be well diluted so that elven characteristics ceased to appear, but via genetic analysis elven genetic markers could well be expected to be found in much of the modern population of Aiers.