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The children of Gelthena and Fey-Kalin are known as the Que-Gelvani, or "High Elves".

Fey-Kalin was the god of culture, music, festivals, joy, arts and crafts. As each of the Gelvani Blood-Lines is defined by the traits of their divine father, the Que-Gelvani tend to be a peaceful people who prize the arts above all else and enjoy life to its fullest. They generally seek peace and harmony, but are willing to fight and die for such things if they must. As they prize craftsmanship, they have become master metal workers and forge fantastic swords and armor—though sometimes their works are more fanciful than practical.

Que-Gelvani are a small and frail people, but incredibly agile and graceful. They often have a pale, yet warm glow to their flesh and their eyes shimmer with bright or earthy colors. Their silken hair is often earth toned, silver or golden but shines brightly and seems to be naturally soft and full. Like all elves, they only have hair flowing from their heads and can never grow it anywhere else upon their bodies.

Que-Gelvani prefer to dress in light flowing silken clothing, favoring whites or otherwise bright colors with gold and silver lacing. They greatly value taste and form in their attire.

The majority of the high elves live in Mirivia, and for the longest time acted as the de-facto rulers the other Blood-Lines. In the last millennium, however, and especially during the last century, that has changed. Following the Valatha'Kahn, the Que-Gelvani rule only over themselves and their only neighbors in their once multi-cultural realm are wandering Sylvana-Gelvani clans.

Que-Gelvani tend to live spread out throughout their forests. Their homes are often built into great trees of prodigious size and height; they use their natural connection to both nature and magic to manipulate the forests to their needs without harming them. Many high elf Houses do come together to form communities, however, and some have founded cities that are legendary. throughout Verosia. These are typically a collection of elegant tree-dwellings alongside majestic towers that rise out of the forest as if trees themselves. Long, narrow bridges span over vast gardens to interlink tower and tree-home alike. The Que-Gelvani take pride in making their communities as close a part of the forest as possible, and are renowned for the magic they use to make this happen, and their impossible architectural feats, as well. Greatest of these cities in Mirivia is Shey-Tishan, where the Quel-Thena resides.

Que-Gelvani, more so than all other elves, hold their matrilineal society in high honor. A deeply religious people, their matriarchal monarchy is directly linked to the divine order of their gods, where Gelthena rules as queen over all other deities. Thus, they would never conceive of a council to act as a check to their Quel-Thena, and have only once accepted a king—as a regent until their next queen was ready to rule. Though pious and respectful of all Gelvani deities (with the exception of some evil powers and certain Drey-Gelvani divinities), they are particularly devoted to Gelthena and, until his destruction, Fey-Kalin. The death of their progenitor deity at the hands of Kelamin Kahn, the progenitor of the Drey-Gelvani, is a primary reason for the enduring enmity between their two peoples.

Though generally a peaceful people, the Que-Gelvani understand they must defend the harmony they seek. Hence, all of their children are raised to learn the art of the sword and that of the bow. Que-Gelvani thus do not have a true army, but can call upon a very large and well-trained militia whenever the need arises. All the same, there are a few among them who have devoted their lives to the defense of their people and their realms. They typically join more-or-less independent groups, some of which have an affiliation to the Quel-Thena or a specific deity. One such group are the Suar-Lanyr, or Blade-Dancers, who combine their pursuit for martial supremacy with magical skill, all in the quest to uphold the Gelvani way of life.

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