Painted Elves

( Sandstorm, p. 42)


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


More closely related to wild elves than high elves, painted elves commonly dwell in petrified forests—which in ages past, they claim, were their ancestral homes. The painted elves take their name from the nature of the wastes in which they dwell, but also from their habit of camouflaging themselves with pigments derived from the mineral deposits found in such places. Though they rarely see visitors—since painted deserts and petrified forests offer little in the way of treasure—painted elves are extremely distrustful of outsiders, and can turn on guests at the slightest provocation.

Painted elves are in most regards identical to wild elves, as outlined in the Monster Manual (which in turn are based on the high elf detailed in the Player's Handbook). The exceptions to the standard Player's Handbook elf are summarized below:


Racial Traits

  • +2 Dexterity, —2 Intelligence: Painted elves are every bit as graceful and agile as high elves, but they are a bit more limited in their understanding of the world around them, having experience with little more than their own petrified domains.
  • Favored Class: Druid . A multiclass painted elf's druid class does not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty for multiclassing.

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