Os elfos da nova edição!

No último artigo da coluna Design & Development, falou um pouco da nova visão sobre os elfos na quarta edição. Algumas boas surpresas pela frente:

A thousand birdsongs resound through the cool depths of the primeval forest. These ancient, virgin, and primary woodlands have never felt the metallic sting of axe or the unnatural heat of fire stoked so hot it burns more than detritus and undergrowth. Living, bark-wrapped pillars hold aloft layers upon layers of mounting canopy that filters the high sunlight through more hues of emerald and gold that could ever be imagined.

The secrets of the deep, old woods are closely guarded, and few know of the many wild things that walk amid the shadowed boles. Silver stags, wise hares, unicorns, butterflies the size of hawks, and tree owls who’ve survived a hundred or more winters shelter in the forgiving hollow of a grandfather pine.

Few indeed, but for the elves.

Most elves are wild, free forest-dwellers, guarding their lands with stealth and deadly arrows from high boughs. Though fey in origin, elves have lived so long in the world that they have become almost inured to its difficulties. Hardened by the unruly savagery of nature and seasoned by the hard lessons that orcs, humans, and other creatures of the world are only too happy to teach, elves have gone a different route than their cousins, the eladrin. Elves rely on hard-won intuition and senses tuned to an arrow’s point instead of reason, intellect, or debate as eladrin are more wont to do. However, like eladrins, they possess a pure hate for their shared distant drow relatives.

Elves are people of deeply felt but short-lived passions. They are easily moved to delighted laughter, blinding wrath, or even mournful tears. Elves possess a profound, intuitive connection to the natural world they inhabit, and often perceive things others have not the skill or aptitude to notice. They are inclined to impulsive behavior in preference to long deliberation, though they would say they prefer to act in the moment.

Elves, sometimes also called wood elves, wild elves, or sylvan elves, usually gather in tribes or bands composed of three or more families. These tribes are less concerned with relationships or lineages than with proven forestcraft and hunting prowess, and usually choose the wisest and most perceptive member of a tribe to lead. In very large tribes, this “elf chieftain” is instead described as an “elf king” or “elf queen.” However, in most tribes, even the lowliest member doesn’t feel beyond his station in speaking his mind to any other elf, regardless of station, up to and including the tribe’s leader.

Most elves revere the natural world, but they love forests most of all. They never cut living trees, and when they create permanent villages, they do so by carefully growing or weaving arbors, treehouses, and catwalks from living branches. They prefer the magic of the natural world to arcane magic. Elves are drawn to the worship of both the fey god Corellon and Obad-Hai, the god of the wild. Both spiritual and practical, elves embody the most peaceful and the most violent aspects of the natural world.

Muitas informações, até mais do que o esperado! Para começar, os eladrin e elfos são parentes? As raças, que até então não tinham nenhuma relação entre si, vão formar agora uma espécie de triângulo de parentesco entre elfos, drows e eladrin, o que implica em uma provável mudança no background dos nossos amigos celestiais que viajam pelos planos fazendo o Bem. E claro, confirma os eladrin como raça básica do Player’s Handbook I, o que todo mundo já esperava, mas ainda carecia de uma confirmação oficial.

 

E tem mais – “Elves rely on hard-won intuition and senses tuned to an arrow’s point instead of reason, intellect, or debate as eladrin are more wont to do”, essa frase me diz não só que é bem provável que os elfos recebam um bônus de Sabedoria, como também que os eladrin ganhem em Inteligência. Mais que isso, parece que os elfos default da próxima edição serão mais próximos do que temos hoje com os elfos selvagens, e os altos elfos, como os que temos atuialmente na 3.5, especializados em magia arcana, serão mais próximos dos eladrin ou ainda, trazidos de volta em alguma futura sub-raça élfica.

 

Gostei, parece que a mudança deixou os elfos mais rústicos e mundanos, bem de acordo com a premissa dos pontos de luz. Em compensação eu esperava mais dos eladrin, torço para que eles não tenham sido transformados em uma sub-raça élfica besta e genérica, como os elfos cinzentos ou dourados…

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