Here is the basic Elf race writeup. Though they get 2 abilities at +2 they are still roughly ECL +0 do to the limitations they have
Note that Elven alignments are always Chaotic, An individual Elf can cycle through Good, Neutral or Evil but will never be Lawful or Neutral or than Chaotic Neutral.
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Elven Immunities: Elves are immune to magic sleep effects and get a +4 racial saving throw bonus against enchantment spells and effects.
Keen Senses: Elves receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception skill checks.
Healing: Elves heal at twice the normal rate and do not scar. Lost limbs will regenerate at the rate of a week for a small appendage, a month for a partial limb and longer for greater damage.Magic healing speeds this regeneration by a factor of 10. Elves are also immune to all disease
Ageless: Elves do not age.
Soulless-- Elves cannot be raised, resurrected or brought back to life except by use of a clone spell . A fallen Elf with reincarnate immediately in the next available Elven baby.
Weight of Truth-- An Elf cannot lie when asked a question directly. They may be as evasive as desired and as poetic but it is impossible for one to lie.
Word-Bound-- Elves cannot break their word. Treat as if they are under a Geas Spell with the command "Keep Your Word" at all times. The effects is exceptional and cannot be dispelled at all or suspended by magic less than a Wish or Miracle.
Preferred Class: Any charisma based arcane caster.
White Elves: White Elves may not take levels in Divine Classes except for Druid. Druid is also a preferred class for them. Bardic healing spells are available to all White Elf arcane casters at the same spell levels. These Elves are mostly Chaotic Good.
Grey Elves: Grey Elves may not take divine caster levels however bardic healing spells are available to all Arcane casters at the same spell level as above Grey Elves are mostly Chaotic Neutral.
Dark Elves: Dark Elves may take Divine caster levels. Dark Elves can see in any light as bright as if it were day however they suffer from Light Sensitivity and are are dazzled as long as they remain in an area of bright light. Do to the high magic of the underworld in which they live Dark Elves possess spell resistance equal to 6 plus their class levels. Dark Elves are always Chaotic Evil.
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