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|Who or what are the Elenari?|
|Why are the Elenari here?||Who or what are the Vor'jen?|
|What traits are common to Elenari?||What forms does the Corruption take?|
|What is Des'tai?||When did the Corruption attack the Elenari?|
|Are Elenari Fae?|
Who or what are the Elenari?
The Elenari are primarily Elves who come from a particular set of worlds and who have common histories and cultures.
The word "Elenari" was derived from Tolkiens Elvish and translates almost literally to "The Elven People of/from the Stars." This name was adopted because the Elenari arent certain what name or names they called themselves in their own language at different points in time. While "Elenari" may not be the name the Elenari used for themselves on their Homeworlds, the name also has meaning in the Elenari language where "Elen" means "Elf" and "friend" with connotations of being from or of the stars, and "ari" means "(a) people."
"Elenari" generally refers to the Elves; however sapient Dragons, Unicorns, Windigo, some races of humans, Dwarves, and others are also native to some of the Elenari Homeworlds.
From what place(s) do the Elenari come?
The Elenari often call the place from which they came simply "Home" although their Home actually was more than one place. Whether these places are other planets, dimensions, realities or times hasnt yet been determined. How the Elenari came to be on all of the various Homeworlds and how the Homeworlds relate to each other also has not been determined, although it is believed that Elenari from some Homeworlds colonized some other Homeworlds.
Even if Elenari werent the primary race on a world, the world may be considered by the Elenari to be a Homeworld if it had a significant Elenari culture and if Elenari have memories of it.
The Elenari aren't sure what they called this Homeworld when they lived there; but they have adopted the name "Sel'ar," which means "homeland" or possibly "temporary homeland." Several different Elenari subraces lived on Selar, including the Tulari, Draestari, Listari, Dai'ari and Kalthilas. Dragons and Unicorns also lived on Selar.
Sel'ar had blue skies with a single sun and moon and a "low" tech level (swords & tools but no advanced machines). Selar had small towns and villages in the plains, forests, and deserts, and some tribes lived underground. There were many forests that included enormous trees that some remember being so big that it took 20 Elves to encircle an average tree. Often, houses were built in the branches of the largest trees. On Selar there were seasonal celebrations with festivals, food, drink, music, dance and merriment lasting all night.
During some of the time the Elenari were on Selar, the Tulari form of government was a Monarchy. The high king was called the Enrai, which meant "the first among equals." There was also a High Council. The Listari and Draestari may have also had separate royal families, however the Kalthilas did not acknowledge any such system of government.
Among the Tulari there was no standing army during peacetime, but there were various types of guards. The Adrastai were the "homeguard" and scouts. They patrolled the countryside and carried news from place to place. The Adrastai had a dress uniform of red, but typically wore more subdued clothing in the field; however, they always wore a red sash. The Royal Family and the Palace were protected and guarded by the En'drastai, whose identifier was a dark blue cloak with silver trim. Occasionally an Adrastai would take on the special task of guarding a Royal Family member.
Although the Listari were not considered to be warriors and soldiers so much as artists and craftsmen, throughout their history they had those among their number who focused on perfecting the art of swordplay and aggressive and defensive magics. Combined with the tendency of some Listari to achieve a driving and somewhat obsessive life focus, this resulted in mages and warriors of truly exceptional skill. The Listari were able to cast the spells that halted the Drae'stari progress into their lands. When the Tulari and Listari joined forces to repel the Drae'stari and later in the counterinvasion, the Listari "enlistees" were few in number but great in skill. In time, many ended up training the more numerous but generally less skilled and practiced Tulari in the army.
The Drae'stari also did not maintain a standing army, nor did they maintain a national structure for scouts or guards. Each local community maintained a small force of guards who protected the local council, priesthood, and community, and a small number of "borderers" who patrolled the outlying area. Like Adrastai, the borderers served as patrolling scouts and usually wore greys or browns in the field. Unlike the Adrastai, the borderers had no dress uniform and didn't wear an identifying sash.
Among the Kalthilas most everyone in the village held themselves accountable for their own self-defense, and the village moved as one when there was something that threatened it.
The Elenari fled from Selar through Gates when the Corruption overtook the planet.
More memories of Sel'ar are here.
As with Selar, the Elenari are not sure what they called this Homeworld when they lived there, but the name "Aelveron" feels right to many who remember living there. Aelveron had lavender skies, two suns and two or three moons, magic, and a higher tech level than Selar, including space travel and crystal information storage. Aelveron had cities on the edge of crystal clear aquamarine seas, snow-capped mountains, and country villages with houses built in trees. In the mountains there were waterfalls and pools of glowing water. Important features of Aelveron were the huge, sentient Trees that were friends, teachers, and important allies of the Elenari. On the edge of the capitol city of ALiaThaliss stood Aerenndelor, a huge, multilevel forest of such Trees.
The Elenari believe Aelveron was a colony of Selar. Aelveron was much more cosmopolitan than Selar with fewer race or tribe based distinctions, largely because of the nature of colonization and the fact that most people arrived via one port and could travel around the world with relative ease and safety. Some tribal distinctions remained, and new and old ones surfaced, but it was a bit more like belonging to a club than to a race. There was a great diversity of skin types, hair colors, eye colors, and other physical traits, but to the Elenari who lived on Aelveron, they were one people.
In addition to the land-based Elenari, a race of Sea Elves lived on Aelveron. Unicorns were also native to Aelveron.
The form of government on Aelveron was a monarchy, with an Enrai, who was "the first among equals" and a High Council. Aelveron maintained a standing Military that included spaceships and airplanes. Like Selar, Adrasti were the scouts and homeguard and Endrastai guarded the Royal Family and Palace.
The inhabitants of Aelveron fled through Gates when the Corruption overtook the planet.
Elphame is also known as Land of Song, Alorya. Like Selar and Aelveron, the original name of Elphame is unknown.
Elphame is still inhabited by a race of Elves that may be Listari, or related to the Listari. These Elves are very long-lived, with perhaps as much as an 800-year lifespan. The Elenari also remember Elves of a darker nature, though unlike Draestari they did not have black skin. Other races are remembered too; particularly humans, Dwarves, Dragons and Fae, though it is not certain if these other races were native to Elphame or if there was some interaction with other realms via Gates or portals.
Elphame is a pastoral world, heavily forested over much of the land. There are no major Elven cities; communities are small and rural. The technology level is low, roughly equivalent to mediaeval Europe. However, magic is commonplace among the Elves, and widely practiced. Magic in Elphame is mostly of a shamanic type, "low magic" with little if any ritual or ceremony, and no system of "magical colleges." There is belief in a creator-type deity known as the World-Dragon. This Dragon, according to legend, "sang" the word into being, and thereafter was responsible for maintaining the Balance and protecting the world. The Elves actively support this responsibility.
The Elves of Elphame follow a system of monarchy, which is not necessarily hereditary, but was passed on to the person considered most suited. Beneath the monarch there is a Council of Elders, representing political and military leaders, mages and other respected advisors. Some of the Council members were democratically chosen by the people; the rest were chosen by the monarch. There are a number of castles associated with the royal family, which are mostly European in style. The Royal Guard of Elphame bear a strong resemblance to the En'drastai of Selar, and the Rangers closely resemble the Adrasti.
There was no priesthood, and no system of colleges for magic, although the Council of Elders was engaging in secret research into science and technology.
One of the Elenari worlds was known as BrightMoon. BrightMoon had a level of technology similar to the medieval period of Earths history. There were several sentient races: Elenari Elves, humans, occasional Elenari-human mixtures, Dragons and Windigo. Wild hunter-gatherer Elves similar to the Kalthilas were known. Also many of the forest animals, such as Flions and Gryffins, were sentient. There was a gecko-like animal with fur and suckers, and many dragon and draconid animals in a lot of the same categories where Earth has birds. For example, there were hummingdragons and other small dragons with scalelike protofeathers. There were also birds that co-existed with the small dragons.
BrightMoon also had a race of people who were reputed to be of Dragon-Elven stock, based on a story of a Dragon and an Elenari Elf loving each other. These people looked like elves with very fine scales and ears a little longer than an Elfs. They were able to have fangs and wings when they needed them. The Dragon-Elf people were supposed to be vampiric blood drinkers, but they weren't necessarily
The human groups lived in villages of wattle-and-daub huts. The Elenari cities were built of a white marble-like substance with lots of domes. The humans mostly stuck to their areas and were engaged in growing food, while the Elenari mostly remained in their cities. In some places there were abandoned temples, but not much is known about those.
The winter and summer weather on BrightMoon was more severe than on Earth. In winter it was not uncommon to have several feet of snow. In summer the temperature frequently reached 120 or 130 degrees and the humidity was high. The sky was blue. The sunrises were bright orange and red with a blood red sun. The sunsets were brilliant blue and purple. Even at noon the sun was yellowish, and BrightMoon didn't so much have night as perpetual twilight. The sky at night was always a sapphire color and the moon was huge.
There were "Grandmother Trees" on BrightMoon that were venerated by the forest-dwelling Elves.
The Shiri homeland exists within Faery. Largely because of this, technology levels remain low and magic levels high. The region is densely forested in the area inhabited by the Shiri, but borders on lands featuring rolling hills and sea cliffs to the West, and mountains to the North.
The Shiri, who take their present name from their word for "tribe", have been in Faery for a long time, if not always. They are closely interrelated with a number of other Faery-native races, by proximity, by intermarriage, and by political alliance. Shiri scan as both Elenari and Sidhe or Faery.
The Shiri Government is headed by an Enrai or Aerai (a High King or Queen), which title is hereditary at present but is also based on merit and divination of divine will concerning succession. Under the King or Queen is a Council of 13, which is also theoretically based on merit but tends to be handed down in families. Much "handing down" is theoretical, because dwelling in Faery rather than on a physical world, the Shiri lifespan is almost indefinite: but sometimes someone is killed, or steps down voluntarily into "retirement." The Shiri were also instrumental in development of a Great Council, which is something like a Faery version of the U.N.
The main military body is the Royal Guard. The Shiri faced an attack by the Corruption but were able to repel it. The Shiri term "vaurkala," used to mean Devourer (an agent of Corruption), literally means "black fire." The Shiri seem to have had some limited contact with some of the Elenari physical homeworlds, and may have assisted in evacuations through Faery.
Some other worlds are not considered Elenari Homeworlds, but are worlds that are in some way related to the Elenari.
The Charonish Domains took in and welcomed an unspecified number of Elenari refugees and gave them full citizenship rights as they do any Elven race seeking refuge. Those Elenari who were once refugees have settled among the other Elven peoples of the Domains and have bred as far as third generation settlers.
Why are the Elenari here?
This is a very complex question and this FAQ can only scratch the surface of the possible theories why Elenari are here now.
Many of the Elenari believe they are here because they fled here in groups from other Homeworlds. Some of the Elenari believe they came here because of bonds or other ties to Elenari who fled here. One of the reasons the Elenari may have fled here was to seek safety because the magic on Earth is different enough from the magic on the Elenari Homeworlds that the Corruption, beings that were destroying the Elenari on the Homeworlds couldn't manifest physically here. Some Elenari believe they came to Earth by accident. Others believe they came here to keep Earth from suffering the fate of our Homeworlds.
There are several variations on these theories because Elenari came here from more than one Homeworld and at more than one time in Earth's history. It is also possible that Earth was an original Elenari Homeworld; therefore, some Elenari may be here because they have always been here.
After the original Elenari bloodline on Earth became obscured Elenari began reincarnating in human or possibly human-variant bloodlines here.
What traits are common to Elenari?
NOTE: Although there are some traits that are often found among the Elenari, having one or more of these traits does not automatically make one Elenari. They are traits anyone can have, and many of them are also common to other Elven, Fae and Otherkin races. Elenari are defined by their common heritage and shared memories.
Also, because the term "Elenari" includes different groups of Elves (Tulari, Listari, Draestari, etc.) as well as other races from several different Homeworlds, it is impossible to list any one set of defining characteristics
With these things in mind, some of the traits that occur most often include some combination of the following:
What different races of Elves are found within the Elenari?
The various races within the Elenari not only varied by general physical type, but their cultures had things that distinguished each as well. Cultures also varied from Homeworld to Homeworld.
Tulari - Sel'ar
The Tulari were surface dwelling Elves who were fair or medium skinned. Some lived in cities, some in villages, on the plains or in the forest. Outside of the cities, they tended to build their houses in the branches of the trees, although some lived in villages of adobe-type huts. During periods of remembered history the Tulari were comparatively civilized, having buildings, some tools, "etiquette", a somewhat formal culture and system of government that tended to be less formal outside the cities.
Listari - Sel'ar, Elphame?
The Listari were similar to the Tulari, but physically they tended to pale, sometimes having alabaster skin, white or silver hair, and pale eyes. The Listari lived in the colder Northern or Southern areas and their buildings generally used more stonework than those of the Tulari. They were sometimes less formal in social structure than the Tulari. On some Homeworlds at some periods in Elenari history this included using less formalized styles of magic than the Tulari. For example, the Listari never adopted the divisions of the magical college used by the Tulari in the later part of the history on Selar.
Draestari - Sel'ar
The name "Draestari" translates as "Deep People" and probably originally referred to living in the deep woods and forests. The Draestari eventually moved underground, where the meaning of their name applied as well.
The Draestari had ebony black skin, dark, violet, or pale eyes, and usually had black, white or silver hair. They werent quite as tall as Tulari or Daiari
The Draestari tended to function on a tribal level rather than having a central government. Some have remembered living in large villages with wooden houses and a stone temple. Each tribe was governed by a council of respected elders, largely made up of members of the priesthood. The elders and priesthood were viewed almost as separate castes, in that they seemed to be familial.
The Draestari priesthood and people revered the Flow and their connection to the Source. The Source may have been represented by the Sun, although it was understood that this was only a symbol, not the reality.
Some Draestari served as "borderers", patrolling the edges of a tribes territory. However, the Draestari were fairly open to outsiders, at least during the early parts of their history. There were occasional messengers from other Draestari communities or temples, and sometimes other Elenari subraces would live among the Draestari, if they earned a place. The warriors also were mostly familial. Another group, the "shadow hunters" were viewed as a disreputable caste. They were not trusted and were monitored by the others.
Many tribes of Draestari fell to the Corruption and were destroyed in the Draestari-Tulari War on Selar. Some Draestari fled underground and escaped to live in cavern systems, but many of those later fell to the Corruption as well. By the Fleeing Times on Selar, very few Draestari were left. During the times when they were retreating and fleeing, the Draestari culture slowly faded. Eventually, there were not enough people to maintain the community/culture, and they fragmented.
Kalthilas - Sel'ar
"Kalthilas" was a term that was sometimes used for just about any wandering woodland dweller. Thus, the Kalthilas were more of a cultural offshoot than a race unto themselves. The Tulari bloodline was by far the most common, but there were also those of Listari and Draestari blood. Their looks varied depending on which other races bloodlines they carried. Kalthilas tended to be very physically toned, due to their lifestyle and emphasis on the physical.
In general, the Kalthilas were "wild" elves who lived in tribes in the deep forest in the manner all Elenari had lived before some groups became more "civilized." Some Kalthilas tribes, such as the Alltari" had a very isolationist culture and scrupulously avoided contact with others. These Elves were noted for the value they placed on physical accomplishments over magical skill. Some Kalthilas tribes were more sociable and included travelling performers, musicians, and dancers.
The Dori, a people who lived by a waterfall, may have been Kalthilas. The waterfall was curious in that it had very little whitewater in it; the water flowed almost as if down a slide, and most of the sound came from the bubbling, churning water at the base, where the falls plunged, rather than slammed, into the pool. Outsiders considered the Dori silly, impractical, and a bit unsociable. The Dori were not fond of sunlight, and preferred deep forest.
Overall, Kalthilas magic tended to be "natural", including "shamanic" magic that dealt with the spirit realm, magic based on music, and other forms of magic that were attuned to nature, the Flows and the Source. The Alltari, and possibly other Kalthilas, were shapeshifters. Magic was seen as being everywhere.
The Kalthilas had tribal leaders for each village or wandering tribe, and often had a council leader or "wise one" whose commands, when given, were very rarely questioned. Sometimes there were gatherings where the leaders of the different tribes would confer about matters of importance to all Kalthilas.
For more memories of the Kalthilas, click here.
Dai'ari - Sel'ar
Like the Kalthilas, the Dai'ari, were more of a cultural offshoot or subculture than a race unto themselves. The Dai'ari, or "Night elves", came from all Elenari races primarily Listari, but had a particular mindset in common. They loved the night and mystery, the dark and the hidden.
They were tall and slender and tended to silver hair and pale eyes. The Dai'ari were nocturnal and lived in villages in the deep forest. Their homes werent "houses" as we would think of them, but were built largely below ground level, similar to some homes from Bronze Age times in Northern and Northwestern Europe. The society was fairly egalitarian genderwise, as were most Elenari societies. The village wasnt an organized body, but was composed of many families who lived close enough to each other to know each other. Community structure consisted of shared learning and some kinds of other coordination between families. The Daiari lived a largely foraging and gathering lifestyle, with some hunting or possibly herding.
The Daiari had a knowledge of magic, and of more than one tradition of magic. Some people studied magic, but there weren't enough people for any kind of formal magic instruction or organization. There was also an inborn empathic/telepathic awareness of family, although I don't know how well it extended to other families or outsiders. The Dai'ari may have had stronger mind gifts than was the norm among other Elenari races.
There was no formal religion, although there was a respect for Spirit, Nature, and Harmony. Some followed Des'tai, although not all were equally in tune with the Flow.
The Corruption came among the Dai'ari as a "new way of magic"
being taught by a learned scholar from a different race/tribe. Some Dai'ari
became Corrupted by using the new magic, others opposed it and were killed.
No Dai'ari are known to have survived the time of the Draestari-Tulari war.
For more memories of the Dai'ari, click here.
Gaeari - Aelveron
The Gaeari were Sea Elves lived under the water in cities on Aelveron. They had a slight bluish cast to their skin and blue, black, blonde and red hair They could breathe underwater, and also could breathe air for a while. They were affectionate, happy, playful people.
The Shiri seem to be a subculture rather than a race. Culturally and linguistically,
the strongest similarities are to the Tulari, but other
influences are present. The Shiri define themselves as belonging to six subracial categories, or castes. Although caste is seen as influencing
eventual life path, it is not a matter of biology equalling destiny, nor are the castes particularly hierarchical, except that there are three
"big sisters" and three "little sisters" in the caste system.
Big sisters: Sun caste tends toward dusky skin, golden hair, light eyes, and
a comparatively muscular build. They are considered to make
good warriors. Moon caste tends toward pale skin, and either black or silver hair. They are thought of as mystical, and the Korai is often,
though not always, related to this caste. Tree caste Shiri tend to have brown or coppery hair. They are synthesists, whose bloodline (with or without Sun) is usually strong in the Enrai.
Little sisters: Star caste is the "little sister" of Sun. It lacks
a defining look, and its role is also less defined than the others'. Sea
caste is the "little sister" of Moon. Coloring is pale, hair tending toward silvery or even bluish shades. They tend to live near the sea,
although unlike the Gae'ari, they are not remembered as amphibious. They are perceived as musically gifted, and also as having "wanderlust," so many become merchants and travel. Stone caste is the "little sister" of Tree. Coloring varies, but can be much darker-skinned than the other castes. Considered to be intelligent and the caste of crafters; they are also sometimes accused of being the first Corrupted caste, but there is no substantial evidence of this.
Some Shiri have come forward who remember the existence of a seventh caste for Air or Wind, and theorize that they could fly and/or had other special abilities. However, others have no memory of this. People have wondered whether this was a past caste that was lost, or a future or alternate-timeline caste, or a memory requiring some other explanation. It might also reflect an outlying band with a high number of intermarriages (and therefore children) with flying races of Faery.
What is Des'tai?
Des'tai is the following of the Way; it is dancing with the song of the Universe. The word Des'tai translates as "being on the path" or "the Good Path." It has also been considered to mean "way of light" or the "right/light way." What it really means is similar of the Way of the Tao, or the Way of the Wyrd - the weaving together of reality - but the difference is that Des'tai flows in the way which is most harmonious for all involved. Not the path of least resistance, but the path of harmony - that which leads to greater harmony.
This is a philosophy that Elenari seem to instinctively know about, whether they call it "Des'tai" or something else, and whether they choose to follow it or no. Those who are from the Elenari Homeworlds, at least those who started there or who lived there for a long time, seem to have an innate "sense" for whether something is Des'tai. But like anything, some are better at it, and some are not so good at it.
One can step off the path easily - Elenari are mortal, and make mistakes. That is called "Nes'tar" which means a temporary straying from the Path. An ongoing, chronic leaving of the Path is called "Nestai." This is mostly a grammatical distinction, not something incorporating any sort of "mortal sin" as no such concept exists among the Elenari.
For more information about Des'tai click here
What are the "Flows" and what is "Flowing" magic?
Elenari often use the word "flow" to describe different concepts which share some aspect of "flowing" but are otherwise unrelated.
What is the Corruption?
The Corruption, sometimes called the "Incomprehensibles" is an alien entity, possibly originating before the Universe had form and rules, that attacked the Elenari at various times in their history. As far as we can tell, it comes from outside the confines of our Universe, outside the rules of reality. The Corruption is an unmaker and is incompatible with life as we know it. Its presence is inimical to our reality, warping and sundering anything it touches that is not resistant to it and spreading like a virus. It is not something that is part of the normal circle of life and death, light and dark, but is something from outside that circle that unmakes those things within the circle.
The Corruption is sometimes known as "Sil Ultheri", the "Nethmeri" or "Nethmeren" depending on dialect. Beings infected by the Corruption are sometimes known as "Shadows", "Furies" or "Vor'jen".
Who or what are the Vor'jen?
The term "Vor'jen" can be confusing because it can mean:
Whether the name "Vor'jen" originally referred to the race name of the shapechanging panthers who fell to the Corruption, or whether it was a name to describe the state of having fallen to the Corruption is lost in the past. The most common use of "Vor'jen" today is a label describing a metaphysical trait or condition defined by channeling of and dependence on certain esoteric forces that are detrimental to life, spirit, and matter.
What forms does the Corruption take?
Various different races of beings were attacked by the Corruption and their peoples either died, were unmade, or were themselves corrupted to the point of becoming for all practical purposes indistinguishable from the Corruption. One of these races was shapechanging felines, another was shapechanging elves. One race was a tiger - sized feline with body lines similar to those of a very large panther with enlarged shoulders and head.. One race consisted of amorphous amoeba shaped beings. One race was spacefaring, lizardlike creatures.
Some of the Corruption creatures were Elenari who became corrupted. Some other Corruption creatures were created by some Elenari in an attempt to engineer a better soldier to fight the forces of the Corruption. Some of the people who became corrupted or were engineered to be so have been able to fight off the taint and regain their former selves.
Many of the Corruption beings that attacked the Elenari were capable of phasing in and out of reality.
When did the Corruption attack the Elenari?
To the best of their recollection, the Elenari were first attacked on Sel'ar before the "Draestari War." The Dai'ari were wiped out by a "new form of magic" that was the Corruption. The Draestari war was a result of the Corruption coming among the Draestari, and them moving against the Tulari and Listari.
A later round of attacks called the "Shadow Wars" occurred on Sel'ar and ended with all the Elenari dead or fled. Some of the Elenari fled to Aelveron. Others fled to other places including Faerie, other worlds such as Yll'nectoire, or Earth.
A second round of Shadow Wars occurred much later on Aelveron. By that time the Elenari on Aelveron had developed high tech, including space travel. Instead of the Corruption infiltrating Elenari society, as it had done on Sel'ar, most of the battles against the Corruption occurred in space. When the Corruption created an enormous tidal wave that engulfed the city of ALia'Thaliss, the Elenari fled Aelveron, too, again travelling through gates, including space gates, and again going to a variety of places, including Earth.
At some stage, Elphame was troubled by a corrupting force of hostile entities known as Furies, which closely resemble the Vorjen, especially in that they are capable of phasing, and also of Corrupting. It is not known for certain whether Elphame survived this force, or if the world fell to the corruption.
BrightMoon was lost to the Corruption and the entire planet destroyed, although a timeline variant of it survived. On BrightMoon, the UnMakers came as a human priesthood of the "Black Flame", and sowed dissension and war between the Elves and the Dragons.
The Shiri were attacked during a dispute over succession as Enrai. One of the candidates was infected by the Corruption, probably by a mage from outside the Shiri culture. The Shiri came to refer to the state of Corruption as vaurkala, meaning "black fire." The Corrupted candidate was banished, but returned with a host of other Corrupted forces. Although much life and territory was lost, the Shiri ultimately survived and repelled the attack. (Unfortunately, no one physically incarnate can remember what turned the tide in their favor.) - Estara
Are Elenari the same as the Tuatha de Dannan?
The Elenari are not the only race to have come to Earth from other places. As such, the Elenari may have been confused in myth with other non-native cultures, including the Tuatha de Dannan. Unlike the Elenari, the Tuatha de Dannan identify with the Lady Dana, and, as far as we can tell, are from another world which is not Earth and is not any of the Elenari Homeworlds. However, the Elenari and Tuatha de Dannan have some similarities of culture and may be related.. If they are, the relationship is unknown at this time.
Are Elenari Fae?
The simple answer is no. "Fae" is defined as "being of or from Faery". The Elenari are not originally Fae and the Elenari Homeworlds were not Faery. The Shiri are the one exception we know of so far - they have always lived in Faery and are thus both Elenari and Fae. Some of the other Elenari lived in Faery for a time after leaving their Homeworld or at other times. So an Elenari who lived in Faery long enough might consider hirself also Fae (the Shiri do), much like an immigrant to America might come to consider themselves American. Some people who identify themselves primarily as Elenari may have also had lives as Fae. There may be other connections between the Elenari and Faery.
Along these lines, the Elenari are not Sidhe either. The Sidhe (or more properly the Doine Sidhe - the "people of the hill) come from Faery. They are similar to the Elenari in mannerism and culture, but they are a different culture.
Thus, while there is some connection between the Elenari and Faery, most Elenari are not essentially Fae.
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