Metori, Wild Elves
The Metori are the primordial elves, and have not been altered by the forces of mana like their Aikari and Kalani kin. They have lived in the same manner for many thousands of years.
Metori skin tends to be dark brown, and their hair ranges from light brown to black, lightening to gray with age. They tend to have emerald green eyes, but brown and hazel are not unknown. The dress of the forest elves is simple clothing made from animal hide and fiber weaves, often patterned with red and blue. Metori are more powerful and muscular than their kin, but not as dexterous. They are the shortest elven sub-race, being just over 5 feet tall, but tend to outweigh the Kalani as they are stockier.
Metori lead simple lives, based around their tribe. They are masters of the forest, capable of hunting any creature that enters their home territory. Leading a nomadic lifestyle, the Metori travel with seasons and their prey. They order their tribes based around a spiritual leader, usually a druid, and a council of tribal elders. For the most part, they are egalitarian, with males and females capable of many roles. They are excellent craftsmen, creating superb bows, often ornately decorated. The Metori are also incredibly fond of music, especially in combination with storytelling, as they are primarily illiterate. Their oral history is rich and varied, and spans back to the days before Moonfall. Words have great power to the wild elves, and their spiritual leaders use written words in their ceremonies.
The Aikari respect the skills of the wild elves greatly, however, the Kalani view them as uneducated savages. They have little contact with the world outside of their forests, but many stories are told of their legendary archers and hunters. The Metori themselves view the rest of the world’s races as having lost their true natures, and as having no respect for their roots.
The Metori do get along well with the Dumaki, as their views often coincide.
Alignment and Religion
The Metori tend to be Neutral Good. They are very agreeable to be around, and the simplicity of their ambitions often has a infectious effect on those who spend time around them. They are deeply spiritual, and worship the natural world itself. This leads many to go down the path of the druid or ranger.
Few Metori leave their homelands of Upper Meridar, but those who do are often motivated to see the wider world.
Male Names : Kael, Melial, Torias
Female Names : Arali, Korana, Terena
Metori Racial Traits
+2 Strength, +2 Wisdom, -2 Intelligence : The Metori are strong and perceptive, but not as quick thinking as their kin.
Medium : Metori are Medium creatures and have no penalties or bonuses due to their size.
Normal Speed : Metori have a base speed of 30 feet.
Low-Light Vision (Ex): Metori can see two times as far as humans in low light conditions.
Fey Heritage : Metori are immune to magic sleep effects and get a +2 racial saving throw bonus against enchantment spells and effects.
Keen Senses : The Metori receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception skill checks.
Wild Culture : The Metori gain a +2 racial bonus to both Knowledge(Nature) and Survival skill checks.
Illiterate : Metori do not keep written records, they may spend ranks in Linguistics to obtain the ability to read and write in any language they know at first level. Any new languages learned do not require extra ranks to be able to read and write in it.
Weapon Familiarity : The Metori are proficient with longbows(including composite longbows), bolas, and hand-axes.
Languages : Metori begin play knowing Erionic and Kalanel (Spoken only). Metori with high intelligence scores may begin play with the following languages: Tradespeak.