Dark elves are lithe beings with defined musculature. Their skin tones range from deep purple to blue, their hair often white or very pale. They average approximately 5 feet in height. Like other elves, they have pointed ears and graceful features. Dark elves often don garb that is both alluring and functional for combat or special ceremonies. Much of their armor is highly ornate, with details illustrating the history of their race or family house.
Dark elves are one of the three known ancient elf races, one of the oldest on Norrath. They are known by the elf word, Teir'Dal, a word meaning "elf of the abyss." They have existed for ages in the dark underworlds of Norrath, and are the children of Innoruuk. Legend has it that the Prince of Hate captured the first elven king and queen and tortured them over the span of 300 years, tearing them apart and rebuilding them in his own twisted image. Whatever their true origins may be, there is no doubt that the dark elves have embraced Hate as a guiding force in their lives. Hate, when disciplined, can make one strong and focused. When inspired in others, it can be a means to corrupt and control them. The practice of necromancy, which the Teir'Dal see as Innoruuk's gift to their race, is very much at the core of their culture.
Dark elves look down upon all other races, but in the past have made use of trolls and ogres as evil pawns. While ogres have regained their former intellect and are no longer prone to Teir'Dal manipulation, dark elves continue to look for ways to manipulate anyone they can.