Throughout Elrais, there are independent elven enclaves surrounded by wilderness. They are all governed by a direct democracy. If an elf finds that they cannot abide by the majority decision, they self-exile and become what elves call “dagnir”. Sometimes dagnir live on their own near their home village, other times they try their luck in one of the neighboring kingdoms. Each enclave centers around a certain animal that the local elves especially revere, and it is forbidden to harm that animal.