Tales of Nortia
Members of Elven races are not commonly found residing outside the borders of their respective nations. Even more rare is the occurrence of seeing and meeting a Gray Elf. The rise of the Avari Dominion heralded the end of the Gray Elves as a nation, and the their war with the Dark Elves left the Gray Elves scattered and without a home of their own.
Gray Elves retain much of the arcane development they had as a nation. In fact, many Gray Elves have made great leaps in arcane research- mainly with the aim of combating their sworn enemy, the Avari. Gray Elves often have a strong sense of individual identity, which comes naturally from being one of very few of their kind- a rarity in the world. They also are not usually beholden to any particular deity, government, or cause other than the cause of advancing themselves (so as not to be conquered by anyone). Most Gray Elves are also very reclusive, and would prefer to better themselves in relative peace than to participate in the shaping of history and events.