Ways of the Seven
Kinship is the single most important element in elven society, and an elven settlement in the Mistveil is almost invariably organized along kinship lines. A village usually consists of three or four families belonging to prestigious clan lineages, as well as ten or twelve less prestigious family groups that have aligned themselves with, and been adopted into a clan. An elf is primarily loyal to his or her lineage, as determined by matrilineal descent or adoption.
Elven politics lacks any formal positions of power or authority, and is based on the principle of consensus, and the idea that every single elf has an equal voice in decisions (“Agan suara sama”). In practice, greater wisdom (and thus influence) is ascribed to elders and to those in prestigious positions within their lineage. The most respected positions in a family are that of the eldest female, followed by her bother or nephew. In the infrequent event that a village-wide decision must be made, the two lineage heads from each clan in the village meet as a council.
The elves of the Mistveil support themselves through hunting and small scale agriculture. The primary crop is a fast growing grass called thuru. The starchy roots of this plant form the dietary staple, while the tough outer stalk serves as a common building material and the fibrous core can be used to create silk-like cloth and rope. Each clan provides sustenance for itself, and will divide up necessary labor among it’s members based on lunar cycles. Hunting is a favored activity, and those elves that occupy prestigious positions in the clan or are due a reward are most likely to be assigned to a hunting party.