Kaelin nods, seeing that Aulexis has grasped part of the nature of Wilderness elves.
“You are older than I, and likely have a better idea of how regrets and sorrows are easily accumulated over our long life spans; easy to gather, but harder to lose, becoming a greater burden the older we get.”
“And that is the key to our history, or so I have been told. Sometime ago there were those among our race who decided to seek a more simplistic life, shunning a living characterised by conflict with others, thus hoping to reduce the gathering of cares and woes to be borne thereafter. These elves sought out places far away from where others lived, both their own kin and the other races, where the challenge of survival and a balance with the natural world allowed for their souls to rest more easily. Some journeyed to deep forest, others to high peaks. Those who could still hear the song of the sea in their hearts choose to settle along coastlines, in fens, wetlands and marshes, and I am descended from those folk. All of these places have one thing in common - their relative isolation from the world.”
“That is not to say that outsiders are not welcome, and indeed there are some of other races that have come to join our settlements. Most struggle to grasp the fundamental nature of why these communities exist, but some do, and others are happy to live a life more connected to the world around them.”
“Which brings us back to your real question – if Wilderness elves seek to avoid the cares of the world, and thus do not travel, why would one have joined the Paladin’s household?”
“Even in our isolation, we are not ignorant of the turning of the world. Our oracles have recorded many signs over the last few years. The omens and portents all tell the same – a time of great upheaval and change will soon cover the land, and it will threaten the very existence of my people. The exact nature and timing of this fate is not known, but yet we have chosen to try and take action. Preparations and contingencies are being made, and some of us have been sent out into the world to seek aid for those skills we longer have. The Paladin’s reputation is well known, and joining his household seemed like a sensible place from where to learn more of the world, and to see if his influence and connections could lead me to meeting those who could help my folk.”
“I am not an outcast, but I do fear that whatever happens along this path I take may mean that I cannot eventually return home. But to such is a risk I am willing to take if it helps save my people and their way of live.”
He rubs at the fish hook. “Thank you for lending an ear; it feels better to have spoken about this to someone. Being around so many strangers makes it hard to know who to trust. But I guess we must start somewhere.”