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Default House Rules

1. There are several dialects of elven. This list is not exhaustive, but they include:

- Wood elven (a dialect whose written form is more simplified and rustic)
- Dark elven (Drow, which bears some resemblance to High Elven, but which High Elves refuse to speak or learn, as they say it has been contaminated with elements from the Outer Darkness and lower planes).
- High Elven. This is a magical language. As such, it resists low-level enchantments and attempts to decode it. Speaking High Elven, if you are a non-elf, is considered blasphemous without permission or the status of elf-friend (more on that in a minute). Learning High Elven (written) is impossible without certain enabling qualities or abilities.

Elves jealously guard their artifacts. When given to non-elves, elven armor is often given with a certificate in high elven or some special item, like a ring, denoting that the bearer has permission to carry or wield it. Anyone found in possession of such items without permission may be targeted by elves retrieving it without permission from the elven empress, the Witch Queen, although they may still fall afoul of local laws. Thievery is obviously allowed, but killing must be justified before an elven court.

2. Detecting alignment is more difficult. For the most part, I'm just going to ban alignment detection. Peering into someone's heart should not be a 1st level spell. If this deprives a character of abilities or power, I will attempt to compensate reasonably.

3. There are magical languages which are not open to normal learning, and impenetrable to magical decoding or comprehension. High Elven is one, Draconic is another. When someone looks at a page of High Elven characters who does not know the language, the characters either become fuzzy and start to swim, or they can appear to change whenever one looks away from them.
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