M O U R L I C O U N Folia Viride elvii
Other names: Wood elf, Leaf Elf, Dryad, Shy elf, Faeiries, Sprites, Wisp, Nymphs, Hippie Elves, Simple Elves, green elf, tree elf, Meliai, Hamadryad, Ghillie Du, Kodama, Green spirit, Querquetulanae, Salabhanjika, Anthousai, Daphnaeae, Epimiliades, Meliades, Maliades, Hamameliades, Boucolai, Kissiae, Meliae, Hyleoroi.
The Mourlicoun are a race of Verdennos elves who lived in Aels and Hieyoks. Normally, the Verdennos class of elves are the smallest races of elves, with the longest ears. Their skin tones are from all the shades of green, and sometimes some have brown, tan, blue and purple tones as well.
Most of the non-elf races considered the Mourlicoun, rather than elves, to be spirits of the forests or visions, calling them Nymphs, Dryads, Wisps and spirits among many other names, and only much later, they will be associated with elves.
To the elves, for long they considered as well the Leaf elves to be, rather than elves, some closely related cousins, due to the nature of their social structure, habits, look, culture and maná natural magic. For long, the dark and light elf scholars of the urban civilizations, thought of the wood elves as some kind of Fairy, but who due their inculcation to spirit trees, grew to a larger size.
However, as contacts became less sporadic -and the High elves compared the Fairy "pigmy elf" and the Dryad "leaf elf", the high elf scholars determined that the Nymphs were indeed, a kind of elf, rather than of Fairy.
Once determined to be elves, it was often disputed if they were dark or light elves. This depended much on the views of their investigators. For a High Elf who thought of them as "gentle barbarians", they would be Light Elfs, but for another high elf who believed them to be "savages" or "barbarians", they would be denigrated as Dark Elfs. Dark Elf scholars did the same, but in the other direction, as often being classified as "dark" or "light" elves had political connotations. Many times, depending of the policies of the particular kingdom or nation, should the 'wood elves' be considered light or dark.
However, aside from their magic affinity, other of the more prominent features were how, culturally, the Mourlicoun were the most shy, happy and simple elves.
The Mourlicoun were errants, who preferred to live in forests and jungles, caring for the nature around them, helping it grow with their natural magic. Peaceful by nature, they were "extremely shy", as they always avoided contact with other sentient creatures as long as they could, this is the reason why when people wandered in their forests, the sightings of these elves were confused with visions of ghosts and spirits, when they truly were Mourlicoun, playing and frolicking in the forests, living only with what was provided by the forests, using leaves, wood and other products they gathered as decoration and clothes. This was why they were called "leaf" or "wood" elves.
Some High elves, later, would call them "Hippie-Elves", with a rather bitter tone, or derisively as "Simple elves", for their ways toward nature, and lack of ambition.
The Mourlicoun lived once all over Aels and Zarhuy, and during the Great Changes that re-shaped the world after the arrival of humanity, for unknown reasons, many of the dryads were struck with wanderlust, and left Aels to go to the lands emerged from the oceans in Hieyoks and Zean. Some say, it was that they were curious about these lands, appearing so suddenly for them as elves have as well, longer lives. Others say, the empty lands raised from the bottom of the seas filled their hearts with sadness, and they went there, to give them life, being then responsible for the forests and jungles that will appear.
Meanwhile others say, these jungles and forests called to them. As Hieyoks and Zean are divided by the sea, others think, maybe some flooding carried the spirit-trees (and their dryads) to the ocean, before arriving in these new lands. And other suggest really the migration of Dryads to Hieyoks and Zean was incidental, as they were playing and frolicking in a forest, and in their dances, they didn't noticed how they departed far away from their homelands.
However, with the expansion of Light and dark elf nations first, the Mourlicoun clans and bands began to be pushed from the shores to inner Aels. And later, during the Age of Invasions, the arrival of orcs, kanov and human, continued pushing the Mourlicoun to only the -always smaller- forests of Aels, being reduced to the eastern shores of the continent.
There were many, different Moulicoun clans and bands, with their own cultures and traditions.
For example, the Anthousai -flower Nymphs- of the fields, who cared for bees and consumed their honey -the nymphs dedicated to this where called Melissae. The Dryads of the trees, who chose a forest to live in, and the Hamadryads, linked to their spirit trees. The Daphnae, who lived in Laurel tree forests, and the Meliades, who grew apple trees and other fruits in natural seeming orchards. The Maenads, frenzied mourlicoun who collected grapes and are said to have created the wine according to some elven myths. The Boucolai, the pastoral Nymphs, who preferred grasslands and mountains, and rather than forests, protected animals -half domesticated- to consume their milk and make cheese.
The Eleionomae of the Wetlands, the Kissiae of the ivy, the Meliae of the Ash-tree, the Kodama of eastern Hieyoks, the Gillhie of Enkel, the Alouniades of the pastures, the Alseides of groves, the Leimonides of meadows, napaeae of the mountain valleys and glens, the Oreads of mountains and grottoes, and the Hyleoroi, watchers of the woods, the wanderlust Mourlicoun, among many other.
Despite the cultural differences between different mourlicoun clans and bands, normally they were errants. Not all of them were nomads, as many lived only in a specific territory, but they lived in the open, with no houses or buildings to call home. As well, the Mourlicoun normally lived in small familiar groups and sometimes in a bit larger bands and clans, but they never gathered in large numbers, being the band their most complex social organization. As well, most of the Mourlicoun clans had an absolute vegetarian diet -existing exceptions to this rule- as the Hyleoroi dryads of Putaendo.
Most of these clans didn't even use clothes -aside of the decorative leaves, branches and such- and neither tools of stone.
But with the expansion of first the Unnline zuleis Dark Elf(ves), and then, of the High elves and later the age of invasions (orcs, kanov, humans), many Mourlicoun were forced to enter into contact with these new neighbors. And so, some clans adopted the use clothes, new music instruments and tools, and even some individuals ended living among other elf races or different species.
The major shock suffered by the gentle and pacific Mourlicoun (most of the clans were devoted to a complete non-violent life, and preferred to escape to avoid conflict, extending this even to try to avoid predators as a means to protect themselves of them), was when the human kingdoms expanded, and the human empires forced their religions to the non-human heathens and a "civilized way of life", obligating the elves to live in reservations or internment camps, or living in religious missions, villages, or forcing them as laborers in Northwestern Aels and the Uslen peninsula.
So were born a new kind of Mourlicoun, in the internment camps and reservations, forced to adapt many human cultural elements.
This was applied to all non-humans. Some, seen as too dangerous for "civilized life" were pursued, pushed or hunted away from the always increasing borders of humanity. Others were forced to work, as a way to "repay" humans for saving their souls -if they had any, a discussed point for human theologians- and from their barbaric ways.
In the case of the peaceful Mourlicoun, it was said that they were too weak to work (they are the smallest of all the elf races), and normally they weren't enslaved, as many kings and kingdoms enacted laws protecting the green elves, seen as benign nature forces. How often such laws against slavery of Mourlicoun were enacted, however, serve to point out that these laws weren't respected.
Other times, when the humans didn't feel in the "civil mode", and neither considered the mourlicoun to be benign spirits of nature, they determined that the mourlicoun were savages, and not even sentient creatures, but wild ones, and like other creatures of the forests, to be hunted down, like the vermin that were living in the forests of the human villages or their lords' hunting areas...