The Half Elves / Tralven: Scions of Two Worlds

Much like the Half-Orcs, the origin of the Half-Elves is mired in ambiguity, covered in speculation, and explained with superstition and nonsense. It is a fact that the first Half-Elf appeared after the death of Titus Halcis Litertius in the 1st Age, around the same time as the Half-Orcs. Half-Elf children will appear regardless of union in towns that border on Elven and Imperial lines. But that is all we know on the matter. Anything else is just conjecture.

From “On the Sociologies of the Ven” by Trestin Oreliatari, dated 13:208

halfelf-borderThe Tralven – with Tral meaning “union” in Ventian – are the newest of the Elven races. Although they emerged after the Sundering, their conception cannot be contributed to it. In fact, no one has a firm idea on the exact point of origin on the Tralven. Tralven children were born to unions on both sides of the fences – Human and Ven – sometime in the Second Age. It is known that births that happen in close proximity to the border between the Queen’s Wood and the Empire have a higher likelihood of a Half-Elf birth.

But beyond those two basic facts? Beyond those two wide reaching pieces of data that can be contributed to a hundred thousand different causes and ideas? No one has even an inkling as to the source of the Tralven.

Or at least no one that is talking.

The Tralven are an important influence in the relations between the two species. They can think like the other. That might seem like a…odd distinction, but consider this. They are two totally different species. On top of that, each have dozens of different cultural identities. Well, maybe so for the Humans but the Elves only have…well, you get the picture regardless. The two races have very different ways of doing things.

And yet the Elves and the Humans work with each other on a common basis. They have to; their two civilizations are practically right at the hip. Even if you don’t count trading, there are also instances in which humans and elves need to work together. It would have happened sooner or later way back during the First Age, and now it is practically common place.

But despite it all, an elf can describe a human just about as accurately as a human can describe one of the Ven. They are going nowhere in terms of actually knowing what goes on in their noggins. One can either think of that as a poor state of affairs or as a compliment to their complexity. Point still stands though.

That is why the Tralven are so important. They are a human that can think like an elf, or an elf that knows how a human does business. They are fantastic ambassadors and businessmen, If a guild needs to do some business with an elf enclave, they make sure to send in the Half-Elf. It really is that simple.

There is another thing. They can’t quite put their finger on it, but the elves and humans have always found the Half-Elves to be quite…persuasive. To the opposing culture. It’s not just a simple matter of how they have a knack for understanding the other race. They just seem to say the right word at the right time.

In regards to how they are treated, in the early Ages Half-Elves were persecuted. That is until their…capabilities were put into the limelight. Then the Tralven started to muster up some respect. Thousands of years later the Half-Elves are on more or less equal standing than with any other member of the Dragon Empire. The Emperor is rather keen on keeping them around to act as a sort of safeguard against Queen Adelaide. The idea is so long as he keeps the Half-Elves in arms reach, the Elves won’t have a reason to march on the Empire should things go sour.

He hasn’t been wrong. Yet.