Mountain Elves, also known as Karsol, live deep within vast mountain ranges. The largest concentrations are in the Spine, the Heman Dal, the Tunderpeaks and the Calemil Mountains. Mountain Elves look much like the humans of the land in which they live with a slight grey sheen to their skin, usually one must see the pointed ears to tell them apart from nomadic mountain folk. Mountain Elves are the only Elven race, besides Halfbloods, that have facial hair. Mountain Elves favor earth tones for clothing and decor. Mountain Elves get along with Mountain and Hill Dwarves and sometimes integrate civilizations with those races. They do not care for lowlanders much, seeing other elves and humans as being below them quite literally. Mountain Elves lean to the Lawful aspect of ethics, living in well constructed stone cities and fortresses. Mountain Elves care less about good or evil, they care about themselves and their kind, and all others second.  

 

  • Abilities: +2 Str, +2 Con, -2 Dex, -2 Wis: Mountain Elves, like the mountains they live in, are rather strong. However they are also a little slower and less keen to their surroundings due to their lumbering size.

  • Medium: Mountain Elves are medium creatures and have no bonus or penalty due to their size.

  • Normal Speed: Mountain Elves have a base land speed of 30 feet.

  • Immune to sleep effects: Mountain Elves require the same amount of rest as Wood Elves and are likewise immune to magical sleep effects.

  • Lesser Darkvision: Mountain Elves can see in the dark up to 30 feet.

  • Grey Sheen: While in underground, cavern, ruins and/or mountainous regions Mountain Elves gain a +4 racial bonus to stealth checks due to the grey sheen of their skin. A DM may apply this bonus under any other similar condition, for example; a DM may award a +4 stealth bonus to a Mountain Elf if they are trying to stealthily skirt around a city wall made of stone. 

  • A Mountain Elf that passes by a secret or concealed portal that is hidden in or behind stone is entitled to a free perception check as though they were actively searching for it.

  • Damage Reduction 1/-: Mountain Elves are built sturdier than most folk, and can shrug off punishment easier. This damage reduction does not stack with any damage reduction later gained through items or class abilities, other than the Barbarians damage reduction. This damage reduction increases to 2/- at 10th level.

  • Naturally Productive: Living in the Mountains forces Mountain Elves to adapt skills at an early age in order to contribute to society. Mountain Elves begin play with 1 rank in craft.

  • Automatic Languages: Common, Elven

  • Bonus Languages: Dwarven, Terran, Undercommon, Draconic, Giant