The vast forests of Allorowyll mark the ancestral homelands of the Elves, the places where the roots of their civilization took hold. These forests range from airy and inviting to dark and impenetrable, with ancient specimens of nearly every species of tree in Antavia. Still, no matter what kind of forest it is, chances are there will be a community of elves somewhere within it.
The Desilvae especially are drawn to the denser, more overgrown areas that they can shape to suit their needs, while the other Elves tend to prefer open areas that are more conducive to traditional city building.Elven settlements are among the most incredible sights in Antavia, as the structures are literally grown from the forest.
The capital city, Allorowyll, provides the most breathtaking example of Elven architecture. The city was built high up in the canopy of a grove of massive Eucalyptus trees that straddles the Alloro River, with branches that twine together to create walls and roofs, and huge boughs growing between trees that serve as walkways. In their airborne capital the Elves have created a haven of culture and learning; the largest branch of the Esoteric University outside of Petralia is located here.
Situated on the shores of Glasswater Lake (so called because it’s surface is almost perpetually in a state of complete calm), the city of Varis echoes the style of Allorowyll, although at ground level and on a less grand scale. The Desilvae community of Tymolene, on the other hand, boasts a much more unrefined and organic appearance, reflective of the Desilvae’s more intimate connection with the forest; few outsiders have ever seen the town due to the difficulty of penetrating the forest surrounding it.The forests of Allorowyll have recently become a point of contention between conservationist Elves (especially the Desilvae) and industrialists looking at the vast amounts of timber as an easily exploitable resource. Some of the more aggressive Desilvae have even begun a sort of guerilla campaign to stop the work of the loggers.