The High Elves / Maoven: Of Stone and Sky

I suppose an argument could be made for their disposition of “High”, as they are arguably the first race. However there is a certain arrogance to be attributed to the fair skinned ven, which makes one wonder if it is engrained into their souls or cut into them during their upbringings. That’s not to say that a certain pride shouldn’t be given. After all, the common language is based off of their tongue, and many artistic standards are derived from them.

But by Imperial standards, the High Elves are not a pleasant race to converse with.

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

highelf-borderThe Maoven have changed the most by staying the same. Whereas the other races were fundamentally different once the Sundering passed, the elves that would claim the moniker of “High” are as they always were. In terms of appearance, at least. It can be hard to discern just how much the Maovenii culture had preserved in the aftermath of the Sundering, as the Maoven are a very secretive lot in contrast to their namesake.

To the Maoven, what you are is an important part of who you are, and you can never change those fundamentals. That is not to say that there is a caste system, but that would suggest that you are only good at a singular profession due to your ancestry. To the Maoven your ancestry determines you, as a philosophy, as an entity, as how you will respond to the world and how the world will respond to you.

Maoven will come from two places: the Stone or the Sky. Those “of the Stone” are referred to are “Fenmao” (FEN-mwaaa), and they are known for being direct and coarse. Many Fenmao are crafters, architects, masons, and soldiers. A good way would be to describe them as “worldly”. They aren’t brutish or dumb, but they deal more in practicalities than in theories or ideas. Even Fanmao that are painters or scientists will point their talents towards depictions of the laborers and builders rather than of “beauty” and tragic deaths.

Those are designated to be “of the Sky” are more politely referred to as being “Gethmao” (GIF-mwaa), and these are the radical dreamers that the Ven are so well known as to the other races. The Gethmao do not deal in practical ideas or implications – they are masters of theories, of possibilities and far reaching goals. They push the Ven into the future, while the Fanmao keep the Ven relevant during the modern days.

The Maoven govern themselves through a council called the Theurgy. Members of both the Fanmao and the Gethmao congregate to discuss how political matters are addressed. Usually the Theurgy is divided into specializations – so artists deal in matters in regard to the art, masons debate on construction, hunters will decide on matters regarding the wildlife, etc. You deal in what you know, not in what you do not. Which makes the Dragon Empire all of the more confused to the Maoven, as a Duke will decide on all matters within his province, regardless of how much he actually knows on the matter or not.

In terms of the Eternal Ballads, it was the Stowven that invented the art. It was the Maoven that perfected it, however. Through these stories the Ven achieved immortality. The greatest members of their race, that define those aspects that they see as honorable and great, would live forever through stories. Many of the Eternal Ballads would focus on the Maoven, and there is no doubt that there was some manipulation there.

But after all, they are the High Elves. Who else but they deserve to be eternal most of all?