The Stockwood Scrolls
Faerûn is home to six major subraces of elves, which some sages believe were brought to this plane long ago by their gods. The moon elves, sun elves, and wood elves are joined in loose allegiance to the traditions and authority represented by the Elven Court, now located on the island of Evermeet. Most drow elves treat other elves as despised enemies, and the wild elves usually ignore the decrees of the civilized elves of Evermeet. The sea elves are an aquatic people who rarely interact with their surface kindred.
Elves are a magical people of otherworldly grace, living in the world but not entirely part of it. They live in places of ethereal beauty, in the midst of ancient forests or in silvery spires glittering with faerie light, where soft musics drifts through the air and gentle fragrances waft on the breeze. Elves love nature and magic, art and artistry, and the good things of the world. They once had great empires and kingdoms, such as those of Aryvandaar, Illefarn, and Eaerlann, though these are all long lost. The most defining period of elven history (for all the subraces) was the Crown Wars, a conflict that saw the fall of most of the great elven kingdoms and the creation of the drow.
Elves can live well over 700 years, giving them a broad perspective on events that might trouble the shorter-lived races more deeply. They are more often amused than excited, and more likely to be curious than greedy. They tend to remain aloof and unfazed by petty happenstance. When pursuing a goal, however, elves can be focused and relentless. They are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. They reply to petty insults with disdain and to serious insults with vengeance.
Religion and Alignment
Elves most commonly worship members of the Elven Pantheon, although the drow have their own pantheon. Corellon Larethian is generally seen as the creator of the elves, thus they are generally chaotic good in alignment as that god is. The drow are an exception, their time in the Underdark subservient to their dark gods have made them evil more often than not.
Although elves reach physical maturity at about the same age as humans, the elven understanding of adulthood goes beyond physical growth to encompass worldly experience. An elf typically claims adulthood and an adult name around the age of 100, reaches middle age around 175, is considered old around 270, and is considered venerable at 350. The average life span of an elf is around 550, though they can live to be up to 750.