Return to the Time of Troubles
The Eldar were the first Elves of Faerun and are the ancestors of all the other elven races. Beyond that not much is known for certain. The elves themselves cannot say if they were born of Toril or came to this place from the Fey Wild. Even the Seldarine are recalcitrant on the exact origin of the race.
As they evolved and became more one with the magic of Toril they became known as Aelf and went on to create wonders no longer even thought possible.
- +2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution, +4 Intelligence, +4 Charisma.
- Medium size.
- Base land speed 40.
- Darkvision 120 feet.
- Low-Light vision.
- An Eldar’s average lifespan is 1,000 years and they suffer none of the effects of aging.
- Hardy and Healthy: The Eldar are very hardy and healthy. They gain a +4 racial bonus on saving throws against diseases, including magical diseases, and +6 against poison, spells, and spell-like abilities.
- Immunity to magic sleep effects and +2 to saving throws against enchantment spells or effects.
- Arcane Focus: The Eldar gain a +2 racial bonus on concentration checks made to cast arcane spells defensively.
- Automatic Languages: Common, Draconic, Elven, and Sylvan.
Behind the scenes
The origin of the Faerun elves has been changed, retconned, and twisted around from each edition so that it is hard to fit what was true at the start of AD&D, through AD&D second edition, to what my group is now playing 3.5. At one time the Elves were the second race created on Toril after the Dragons and now they are from the Fey Wild.
With all of the PCs and several NPCs being throwbacks to an older origin I needed a term that went farther back than any of the other names used for elves. High Elf has become too interchangeably used between Sun Elves(who were once different than High Elves) and Eladrin. It is appropriate in another way. The origin of Eldar(aside the fact it is just elder) is from Mystara(another D&D campaign setting like Faerun or Dragonlance) and was used as the progenitor race of the elves. In that setting some believed the Eldar could have been descendants themselves of a offshoot of Dragons. Many Eldar and Dragons took this to be a fact and enjoyed this familial connection.
So in the end Eldar is what I needed to connect all the pieces together. While currently only Aurix shows any use of an Eldar form it is quite possible others do as well or that some Eldar exist in Faerun.