“What does Immortal mean in this setting?”
In Ithir, immortal beings are not plagued by the effects of old age. They do not wither and age or become sickly. However, they can die. Immortals can die from wounds sustained in combat, or by execution. They can also die by submitting their souls to Brundir back to the wheel to be reincarnated. This process is a sacred act that an immortal performs when they have become weary of their time in this world.
“How available and common is magic here?”
Magic is readily available and thought to be a part of common every day life. Magic itself is limited by the individuals connection to the lifewell. Individuals can become fatigued or even injure themselves by using magic recklessly. Generally speaking, it is considered to be a common place practice and encouraged. Dark Magics do however exist and are forbidden to be used.
“How involved are the Gods?”
Prayer is a part of any Elves life. They are encouraged from a young age to speak with the gods, tell them their dreams and ambitions, their wishes and desires. For the Gods listen and react. Each God is their own individual person with their own personalities, wants and needs, and their presence is manifested in different ways. Though there are only very rare stories of a God actually appearing in person, all elves know that prayer is the key to communicating with them.
“How concrete are the government structures of the Kinships?”
While anything can change, and many of the kinships encourage frequent changes in leadership, the various Kinships have discovered what works best for them and stick to their traditions of government fairly steadfast.
“How important is Religion in Ithir?”
Religion is one of the only unifying establishments the elves have to bring them together across Kinships. Evident by the establishment of Thelos as their neutral city, holy ground is sacred and respected across all kinships. And while it is true that religion plays a big part in the lives of the elves, their loyalties are always first and foremost to their Kinship.
“How important is family to the Elves?”
Simply put, very important! The family unit is the group with which an elf bonds and finds protection and guidance. Souls are limited and births and new children to families are granted only by the favor of the Gods, as such, the creation of a family is a very sacred thing.
“In what order is an individual’s loyalty ranked?”
For the Faenor, Aeran, Thalerith and Duindar Kinships, loyalty is first to your Head of House and family, then to your Kinship. For the Lorandi, loyalty is first to your direct head of house and family, and then to your line of fealty and then to the King.