The Fallen Lands: The Ruins of Numinis
The Elves of the Fallen Lands differ from those of traditional high fantasy and the stock D&D setting.
The ancient elves, the Anasii, were scholarly, long lived people. The avearge lifespan of a pre-cataclysm elf was around five centuries. The magical energy uleashed on them and their kingdom in the cataclysm changed all of that. 20 years after the cataclysm, death began occuring in elves just over their first century in age. This continued to occur and the elven children of the cataclysm survivors were growing much more rapidly than they had in their history. They were much more akin to the human children that populated the Fallen Lands. The elves of today live to just over a century, perhaps 110-115 years.
As a result of this change in longevity, all of the first hand accounts of the cataclysm have been lost with those that have already passed. The elves keep a strong oral tradition and pass the stories from generation to generation, but with each telling, they dissolve a little more into history. The elves of today bear the burden of lost knowledge. They are ever searching their ancient ruins for clues. They track across great lengths looking for a home. Though they have lost much these past century, they carry their melancholy and the ancestral knowledge of their fall with them always. They travel in caravans for protection and companionship. Their culture is based on trade and travel. They call themselves the Anasii (Ah-na-sigh), which means Ancient Ones.