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Wood Elf

Wood Elf

( Races of Faerûn, p. 45)


Size: Medium
Base speed: Land 30
Strength: +2
Intelligence: −2
Dexterity: +2
Wisdom: +0
Constitution: −2
Charisma: −2
Level adjustment: +0
Space: 5 feet
Reach: 5 feet
Automatic languages: Common , Elven , Home Region
Bonus Languages: Chondathan , Draconic , Gnoll , Gnome , Goblin , Sylvan


The wood elves are among the most numerous of Faerûn's elven people, a young and confident folk who hold the old elven forest homelands in strength. Heirs to the second generation of elven nations, the wood elves see their realms as the natural successors to lands such as Eaerlann and Cormanthyr. Where the old empires expanded with strength and pride, the realms of the wood elves hope to grow with compassion and humility. The wood elves do not view their homelands as a land apart from Faerûn; they understand better than their kindred that for better or worse, their fates are bound up with the fates of the humans, dwarves, and halflings around them.

Also known as copper elves or sylvan elves, these people have coppery skin tinged with green, and brown, green, or hazel eyes. Hair is usually brown or black, occasionally blond or copperyred. Wood elves prefer to dress in simple clothing, similar to the moon elves but not quite so colorful. They favor a simple cut to tunic or dress, set off by common embroidery in natural designs. They are particularly fond of leather armor, and they often wear lovingly tooled and well-crafted suits even when they do not feel endangered. Their clothing, leather armor or not, is usually in dark shades of green and earth tones to better blend with their natural surroundings. They are a humble race and only rarely do they enhance their appearance with jewelry or similar accessories.

Wood elves are as tall as most other Faerûnian elves but more heavily built. They have the aging characteristics described on Tables 6—4 and 6—5 of the Player's Handbook, and use the following random height and weight characteristics instead of those described on Table 6—6:

Gender Height Weight
Wood elf, male 4'10" +2d10 100 lb. x (2d4) lb.
Wood elf, female 4'5" +2d10 80 lb. x (2d4) lb.

Regions: The Dalelands, Elf (wood), Great Dale, High Forest, the North, Tethyr, Western Heartlands.
Racial Feats: None.


Racial Traits

Wood elves are very similar to the wood elves presented in the Monster Manual. They have all the elven racial traits given in Chapter 2 of the Player's Handbook except as follows:

  • +2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, —2 Constitution, —2 Intelligence, —2 Charisma. Wood elves are strong but slight, and tend to be less cerebral and intuitive than other elves.
  • Automatic Languages: Elven, Common, home region. Bonus Languages: Chondathan, Draconic, Gnome, Goblin, Gnoll, Sylvan.
  • Favored class: Ranger.

Also appears in

  1. Monster Manual v.3.5
  2. Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting

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