Burnt Elves are a decadent race of dark elves whose beauty and sophistication fail to mask hearts all too often stained in evil. Most of the burnt elves base their behavior and attitudes on the worship of the chaotic evil goddess Lolth.
In centuries past, the burnt elves – powerful magic-users and warriors all – destroyed their home plane in a great war of blood and fire. The survivors of that war were rare, and only a few hundred are strewn across the planes today. After the War of Heroes, none were known to survive.
Shortly after the War of Heroes, Pelor declared Burnt Elves to be a heretical evil, spreading pestilence and lies. The few Burnt Elves still living were declared enemies of the church and hunted to extinction. Raegor the Light is a famous Templar warrior who slew the last of the treacherous Burnt Elves.
Burnt elves stand just shy of human height and have slender, athletic builds. Physically, they resemble Eladrin, with wiry builds, pleasing features, and midnight black skin that has a blue cast. Their eyes are fiery red, lavender, or blue. All burnt elves have white or almost-white hair, which most keep long and decorate with intricate pins and webbing wrought from precious metals. Aside from their tresses and eyebrows, burnt elves have little facial hair, though males sometimes grow long sideburns or tufts of wispy hair on their cheeks and chins.
From infancy, a burnt child must be cunning. Children can expect no kindness, no warmth, and no compassion from others. Such expressions engender fatal weakness. Burnt elves are cold parents, instilling self-reliance and independence, so that their offspring will become strong enough to survive a bloody adolescence. Ill treatment reinforces their natural inclinations toward evil. In rare cases, the harshness of childhood can have the opposite effect, seeding the youth with a hatred of and disdain for burnt elf society and expectations. Such attitudes often lead young burnt elves to a premature end.
In general, dark elves have life spans somewhat longer than those of their surface-dwelling cousins. Burnt elves who manage to avoid dying a violent death can live for well over 200 years, and exceptional members of the race measure their ages in centuries.