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The Avariel (Aril-tel-quessir in elven or "winged folk") were amongst the first of the elven races to migrate to Faerûn.[5] However, conflict with Dragons almost wiped them out before the First Flowering and while they have survived since that time, they are considered by most to be myths or legends.[6][1]

Physical Description Edit

Avariel are more delicate than their earth-bound cousins, with hollow bones to aid their flight. They have pale skin, often porcelain white. An avariel's wings are usually white, but can be black, brown or speckled.[6] Avariel are also known to practice the dyeing of wing tips.[citation needed] Their eyes are slightly larger than normal and range in color from brilliant blues to green or purple. Their hair color normally is a silver-white or black.[6]

Avariel are said to have the most beautiful voices of all the Tel'Quessir, and their songs are greatly sought after by bards of other races.[citation needed]

Society Edit

The avariels' society is split into two groups which coexist together : Warlike and Peaceful. Young avariel spend time immersed in both cultures (this can last over a decade), so that no matter what sect they come from, they have a deep understanding and respect of how the other half lives.[2]

Warlike Group Edit

Avariel warriors are geared towards war and power, answering to war chiefs who govern avariel society equally with the religious leaders. They live by a complex code of honor and spend their lives defending their race. In combat, these avariel show no mercy, often using ranged attacks from above and believing that others should know better than to create an enemy of a superior foe, such as themselves. They also view surrender to be dishonorable (for both themselves as well as their enemies), holding the idea that when a warrior draws blood, it is a promise of battle.[2]

Peaceful Group Edit

The other side of the avariel society includes scholars, philosophers and artists. Intellectuals who believe in solving problems through reason and diplomacy, these avariels spend much time researching magic and history, contemplating religion and worshiping Aerdrie Faenya, and producing art for the sheer joy of creation.[2]

Settlement Edit

The last known shelter for the Avariels is called Aerie of the Snow Eagles, located on the eastern edge of the Great Glacier[6]

Religion Edit

Most revered Aerdrie Faenya, the elven air goddess of life and tempest and they acknowledged the other Seldarine's members to a minor extent. The place of Aerdrie Faenya is even greater in the worshiping has she was considered to be the one that saved them from extinction and that she keep interfering in their favor.[2]

Relation Edit

Avariels had good relationship with good aligned race found in the sky. They have strong ties with the Aarakocra as they share the same patron deity and had the same respect for nature. For a very long time they have nourished respectful and admirative bonds with giant eagles.[2]

Maleficent dragons still consider them as their enemy and consider Avariels and their magic as a threat.[2]

History Edit

They were one of the most ancient elven race, as they arrived thousands years ago on Faerun. Unfortunately they got quickly confronted with cruel Dragons that were ruling the realms. They almost all die before the First Flowering. In response, the remaining Avariels got away from the power before the Crown War started and start to hide preferring to stay on the ground rather than flying, as they were allowed to.[6]

They almost extinguished, but after thousands years of low profile they are now in sufficient number not to fear extinction anymore.[2]

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