Callasine Overview

Despite a past rocked with tragic downfall and a slow recovery, grace, sophistication and magical aptitude continue  to define the people of the Veiled Kingdom. They have a sacred trust of guardianship upon the world and they choose to do this from afar and without attempting to dominate its destiny.

 

Kingdom Symbol: The flag of Callas Selvarion depicts a Star nestled against a crescent Moon. The star has eight rays of light.

 

 

Outlook:

The Callasine are a people who have risen out of near extinction, surviving Daemonic onslaught and isolation to become a powerful force amongst the Kingdoms of Midworld. Despite this progressive period of restoration, the Silver Elves have yet to reclaim all of their past glories. Indeed, great is the number of what was lost. The Aeon Memory Stones that contained their history are forever gone, as are hundreds of sacred magical rituals and Elven relics.

With one eye kept upon what was lost, the Callasine still look to the future. Just as the Goddess of Hope is their new patron Goddess, the people of Callas Selvarion strive to make the world a brighter place. No one goes hungry in the Veiled Kingdom and the Celestial Church provides healing, shelter education and protection for everyone, especially for those without a family to help them. Thus sustained by Church and State, even the lowest among the Callasine are free to pursue their dreams and their art; not only is creative genius and magical prowess allowed – these traits are lauded in Elven culture. The Choirs, both lesser and greater, are more than willing to sponsor and shelter artists, craftsmen and magic-users who impress them and align with their goals. Every Callasine therefore has a refined taste in the arts; they have sampled the best and the worst that their culture has to offer.

But the brightest star in the land of the Callasine is their illustrious ruler, the Queen of Stars. Despite her immortality and her power, she is still very concerned with the welfare of her people. Their protection and their progression is at the heart of the many civic programs she maintains and the mighty warding spells she sustains. The Callasine reflect this devotion whole-heartedly, giving her a status close to Godhood amongst the Silver Elves. Individual Callasine may have differences with one another, but the love for their Queen of Stars is constant.

Just as their Queen would do, a Callasine will take great steps to defend righteousness and innocence against wickedness and depravity, be it through the sword, the spell or the pen. After all, it was the Gods of the Overworld who assigned the Elven Race their guardianship of Midworld. And despite the loss of their greatest glories and their lack of numbers, the Callasine are willing to do what is necessary to ensure that their sacred trust is fulfilled.

Some Elves cleave to this philosophy with a zeal, training in the magical and martial arts to directly confront the evils of the world. Others turn to more oblique methods, supporting those who fight the good fight or doing their own fighting from the shadows. While not every Silver Elf is a crusader for justice and order, all Callasine know their place in the war against chaos and discord.

 

Mannerisms:

Just as their Queen is their beacon of hope in the darkness of the world, so too do the Callasine strive to brighten the world around them. They are well-practiced in courtesy and etiquette, quick to note the traditions of each culture around them and to give respect to those who are due it. While some would consider this behavior to be weak and spineless, the Callasine simply see it as reverence to the traditions of others and an adherence to order. The Elven way is not always to change things but to observe before taking any action.

Compassion also makes the typical Callasine, who believes that even the smallest act of kindness can bring more beauty to a beleaguered world. Callasines trained in medicine give freely of their art. Those trained in music grant hope and joy to the dispirited and the weary. And those Callasines trained in war become shields of righteousness against the forces of the wicked.

Both compassion and courtesy are delivered with a distinct grace and order that is innate to the Elven Race. When they act, it seems to others that the action is without undue haste or any kind of difficulty – a Callasine at work or at war is a calm Callasine. Most Silver Elves keep their composure constant, remaining positive and cheerful in the face of pressure. Oftentimes, this manifests in a confident swagger, flashing self-assured grins against even the direst circumstance. Other Callasine are less flashy in their ways, brimming quiet confidence yet never missing a beat. It is common to hear an Elf say words in Ark-tongue when talking about a common object or location or when referring to someone’s title – years upon years of living among fellow Elves has made the inclusion of Elf speech in common conversation a difficult habit to break.

Because their origin, upbringings and duties are so closely tied to the Gods of the Overworld, so too are the Callasine respectful of the divine. They give reverence to Priests who are due them, even those of a different faith. The Callasine give silent whispered prayers or quiet arias to the Gods at the special hours of the day – at dusk, at dawn, at midnight and at noon, matching the times that the Chiming Tower would sound off in Callas Selvarion. For the Callasine, this tradition is less a religious restriction and more of giving respect to the Gods that watch over the world.

Similarly, Callasine prefer the feeling of being beneath an open sky than having a roof over their head – this is especially true for those rare Silver Elves who have manifested the wings of their ancestors. Callasine who are indoors will gravitate toward windows or toward rooms with higher ceilings. Some Silver Elves are actually marked with a mild form of claustrophobia and actively will shy away from enclosed spaces and crowds. However, most Callasines do not hate being indoors, they simply feel a connection to the skies above them that springs from their origins in the Overworld.

 

Accent: Players who wish to role-play Callasines with accents can choose to do so with Victorian English or French accents to emphasize the Silver Elven propensity for sophistication.

 

Names: The Callasine prefer lilting melodious names that require some effort to say (and therefore require nicknames amongst the unenlightened). The names of the Callasine especially favor those have an angelic bent to them, a reflection of their own Archonic origins.

 

Male: Aedelin, Calderas, Eldariel, Jatharian, Kelethar, Saladrian, Tirisiel, Valadrin, Zeldris

 

Female: Alvyria, Delindriel, Elisia, Gabrylith, Halcynth, Laelandrie, Qaltara, Reislyn, Ysandria

Major Choirs: Athariel, Eldressar, Shaerach

Minor Choirs: Aesillien,  Crimiserac, Jaerithion, Madriel, Qellessir, Telluriel, Valloren

 

Historical Allusions:

The Elves of Callas Selvarion take cues from the Noldor of Tolkien as well as a fair amount of modern culture (compared to the other Kingdoms in the game). As a twist, these people have a matriarchy, tend to be deeply religious, emphasize magic use and feel a divine mandate to protect the world from evil.