“Know then that in Elfland are colours more deep than are in our fields, and the very air there glows with so deep a lucency that all things seen there have something of the look of our trees and flowers in June reflected in water. And the colour of Elfland, of which I despair to tell, may yet be told, for we have hints of it here; the deep blue of the night in Summer just as the gloaming has gone, the pale blue of Venus flooding the evening with light, the deeps of lakes in the twilight, all these are hints of that colour.”The King of Elfland’s Daughter, by Lord Dunsany
The forests and jungles of Hyracanum are dark, mysterious places full of magic. Every cluster of woodland in the world overlaps with Elfland, the Faerie Realm that borders upon the world, with the lights and laughter of fairy-folk echoing through the twilight. It is the native realm of Elves and Gnomes, as well as Goblins.
Elfland is essentially the Feywild, with a few modifications.
Firstly, all of Elfland is nothing but endless forest stretching as far as imagination will allow and all of it under an endless misty twilight like that of the minutes before sunrise and after sunset. Sounds are muted and time seems to hardly move at all, while a heavy sense of magic pervades the atmosphere.
All manner of forest woodland is part of Elfland, for Elfland touches every forest in the world, from coniferous to jungle, but the Forever Forest has no fixed geography. For those native to this realm, it is entirely possible to move from a forest on one side of the world to a jungle on the other in a single day by taking a short-cut through Elfland. For those not native, the same short-cut almost certainly will end in getting lost forever.
Elfland is accessible by the use of Fey Crossings, as described in the DMG (page 50), during the hour preceding sunrise or just after sunset, when environmental conditions match. Fey know the existence and location of Fey Crossings and which ones may be used to bypass the Feywild Time Warp effects also listed on page 50. Non-Fey might be able to identify a crossing, but it is unlikely that they would be able to tell which ones avoid time warp and which ones don’t.
There is a subterranean aspect to Elfland where the tree roots all intertwine. These burrows are the homes of Gnomes, among others, and it is through secret passages there that the green jungle moon of Cora or the pink floral moon of Nora maybe be reached. Though not part of Elfland, both moons are host to Fey who have passed between worlds and linger, enjoying what the moons have to offer.
Time, as measured by mortals, is a different concept to the folk of Elfland. Seconds, minutes, hours and days are all meaningless for fairies who track time with poetic expressions like “it will only take two ticks of a lamb’s tail!” For those who know their way around the dream-like realm, nothing lies beyond “a walk and a nap,” which translates to a day followed by a long rest in rules terminology.
Adventurers who spend time in Elfland would do well to have an Elf or Gnome as a guide. As long as they are together, time spent in Elfland as tracked by the DM roughly equates to the passage of time in Hyracanum, and they will return to a world that has passed as many days as the party has had long rests while in Elfland. Without a Fey guide, adventurers are subject to the Feywild Time Warp effects as listed in the DMG, page 50.
“Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.”A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
Elfland is ruled by Titania, the Faerie Queen, and Oberon, the King of Shadows, who are sometimes lovers, sometimes rivals, as befits their purely Chaotic Neutral nature. Titania is Queen of the Seelie Court and Oberon is King of the Unseelie Court, which come together at a festival known as the Feymeet, held according to some kind of schedule which remains an inscrutable paradox to non-Fey. It is basically a huge party which is always simultaneously about to happen and already happening right now. All Fey are invited and expected to attend, bearing gifts for the king and/or queen, depending on the politics of their relationship. In spite of all the conflicting alignments, violence is strictly forbidden at the Feymeet under penalty of death, as is attendance by non-Fey.
Fey can be conjured into existence fully formed on a whim by Titania or Oberon, but there is another way to make fairies which they consider more fun and that is to steal human infants and raise them to be whatever Fey their nature inclines them toward. As beings of pure Chaotic Neutral, the King and Queen of Elfland enjoy seeing what stolen children blossom into more than waving their hands and having a bunch of predictable fairies result.
There are a number of monsters which are considered Fey in the World of Hyracanum setting that are not so in the regular rules. These include: Centaur, Displacer Beast, Elf, Faeirie Dragon, Fomorian, Gnome, Goblin, Oni.
All Fey creatures have the power to pass between Elfland and Hyracanum at will, under the correct conditions. The ability requires the use of a bonus action and a Fey Crossing during the hour before sunrise or after sunset.
Short, slender and pale, Elves are kin to faerie folk. They are anarchic sensualists and enjoy playing practical jokes, leading to a reputation for causing trouble amongst human populations close to the borders of Elfland. A typical Elf is 4 ½ to 5 feet tall, androgynous-looking with dark hair, long ears and huge eyes reminiscent of Anime or Manga characters. NPCs are always Chaotic Good.
Elf society is wild and anarchic. They are a race devoted to play and indulging in sensual experience. Elves love to party all the time and never seem to take things seriously. They have no industry beyond simple crafts and know nothing of metalworking (Elven Chainmail does not exist in this game setting). Family is a fluid concept for Elves. They reproduce sexually, unlike most Fey, and the whole tribe looks out for its members with familial concern. Anyone of an older generation may be referred to as “mama” or “papa”.
Elves have no gods. They revere Titania and Oberon, but organized religion is an alien concept to Elves. There are no Elf Clerics or Paladins.
Oberon had a wife before Titania and her name was Lolth, Queen of the Elves. More argumentative and proud than even Titania, Lolth was banished or self-exiled, depending on which story you hear, to the Underdark. There she fostered a new race of Elves, hatching generations of them from eggs in the Demonweb Pits. The few that manage to survive and escape that hellish world go on to wander the Underdark in tribes rarely reaching 50 in number.
The Children of the Spider Queen are rare in the extreme and never venture outside the Underdark, that fabled subterranean realm that connects every part of the world. They are, however, extremely nomadic and never settle down in any one area. Drow have infrequent contact with Underdark civilizations and when they do it is usually only to trade for essentials. They are too Chaotic Evil to fit in with any society.
Gnomes are very small and have dark brown skin and white or blonde hair, with large eyes and noses and the men sporting chin-strap beards. They are good-natured, generous folk with a big imagination and sense of wonder, calmer and warmer than Elves. They are also far more inquisitive, applying their learning to various arts and crafts, including metalwork (Gnomish Chainmail is this world’s equivalent of Elven Chainmail). NPCs are usually Neutral Good.
Elfland has a world beneath the roots of all its trees but still close to the surface, and this is where Gnomes are known to live in clans made up of several family units which often include multiple generations. Gnomish family structure is more defined than Elven, with every Gnome coming from a lifelong monogamous mother-father pairing. Gnomes are the only race of Elfland who marry.
Like Elves, Gnomes do not have gods. Titania and Oberon are their king and queen and they recognize no other authority. Unlike Elves, however, Gnomes love tradition and have a formalized religion of sorts paying homage to the Faerie Queen and the King of Shadows which allows for Clerics and Paladins.
Tinker Gnomes: One off-shoot of Gnomes who left Elfland to take up permanent residence in Hyracanum are the Tinker Gnomes of Cascaveda. It is said that it is only by virtue of the endless wonders there that the first of them set down roots in the City of Wizards, as they are not to be found anywhere else in the world. They do not retain the ability to pass between worlds.
Svrifneblin (Deep Gnomes): This off-shoot descended from Gnomes who burrowed so deeply they found their way to the Underdark. After so many generations, their appearance has altered.