Dark elves are a fairy race, beautiful but alien by human standards. Tall and lithe, they appear weak and fragile to mortal hominids or goblinoids. Elves are extremely healthy, being immune to all known diseases. Elves are also immortal for all practical arguments. They can see perfectly in darkness, but hate the light of the Sun. Their pointed ears hear better than of any race, except perhaps hobbits. Elves heal moderately when injured, but do not fatigue mentally to any noticeable effect. They are considerable weaker than other races. Elves have little tolerance for alcohol.
Even the most skilled of human magic users consider dark elves to be extraordinary magicians. Dark elves have intellectual powers far beyond that of other races and make the best magic users. Dark elves learn to handle even the most complicated weapons and tools quickly and easily.
Dark elves are evil, sadistic monsters of the Underworld. They hate almost all other races, but especially elves. They are greatly feared by other races save trolls, which are almost allies, though not their friends.
Extraordinarily intelligent and very dexterous dark elves make excellent magic users. They are a bit weak and frail for melee combat, but are extremely ferocious and skillful when required. Dark elves are unable or unwilling to carry large loads, but do require less nourishment than other races. They also rebound from mental exertions much more quickly than other races.