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Dark Elves are a median race, close cousins to elves and similar to them in many ways. Like ogres and orcs, they are unplayable, but an elf can have the ‘Dark Elf Follower’ character background. Dark Elves tend to be a rare race (like ogres), being abundant only in T'sen-Ang, and are not normally present in aleatory encounters. Curiously, they are never mentioned in the Arcanum manual.

Dark Elves tend to be quite racist and xenophobic, seeing non-elven races as being too incompetent to govern themselves, so they frequently disrespect them. Their favorite race is the elf, with the half-elf coming in second. Many of them admire Arronax and despise technology.

The difference between Dark Elves and common Elves is mostly cultural and political, not necessarily biological. Their appearance and abilities are virtually the same, but they consider themselves apart from the other races, while tolerating other elves.

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