Elves are believed to be the race that first gave birth to the Benevolence, and most elves either live in Benevolence space or are actual members of the Benevolence itself. They are the second-tallest of the five main races, standing slightly taller than an average human but not close to the height of an ogre, which can reach nearly three meters. Elves are generally slight in build and have pointed ears, but exhibit a wide range of phenotypes otherwise.
The vast majority of elves are considered genderless. Male and female elves do exist, but gender is viewed with distaste among most elves, even those not affiliated with the Benevolence, and gender is usually considered a birth defect. Elves born male or female generally occupy the lowest rungs of elvish society if they are even allowed into society at all.
Elves generally use single names, and are known to change their names frequently over the course of their lives. Very frequently elvish names are related to nouns or adjectives, and often give a hint as to the outlook or occupation of the elf in question. Elves can also change the names of other elves who they hold power over; see the story of the male elf Barren in The Sanctum of the Sphere for more information.