Alendria is where elves live. It is a realm north of the human realm, Gaya (Earth), and cannot be reached by humans except via magic. Alendria and elves were created by Freya, a deity that readers will come to learn more about as the series progresses. Legend tells that Freya transformed into a star to look over Alendria.
The Tree of Life, which elves simply call the Tree, is where elves dwell in Alendria. It is a tree so unfathomably massive that its branches function like platforms of land, housing everything from great cities like Evergreen, to small towns like Morwen Valley. The magnificent canopy has leaves that alternate between gold and silver throughout the year. Evergreen, where Elly lives, is the biggest city in the southern region where it is always warm; up in the north, where the Vierran elves live, it is always cold. In Evergreen City, every young elf attends Arvellon Academy, where they receive their education until they turn 18.
The sky in Alendria is always awash with a splash of different colours of the rainbow. Storms are never seen in Alendria, except in times of crisis, such as during the War of Wrath. The Star of Freya constantly shines like a beacon, even during the day.
The goblins live underground, beneath the Tree. Goblins hate elves, and the enmity runs deep. Their underworld is the antithesis of the elves'—it is endlessly dark, cold, and putrid. Nothing good ever grows there.
In Alendria, elves come of age at twelve years old and receive a Royan during the Bonding Ceremony, which takes place at the canopy of the Tree. The Bonding Ceremony is a kind of ancient initiation into adulthood. Once an elf turns twelve years old, they begin to undergo some significant changes—physically, mentally, and emotionally. This transformation, called pharowyn in Yahana, takes place over the course of the next twelve years, until an elf turns twenty-four. Then, it’s as though time stands still. Physically, an elf stays unchanged until their six hundredth year, when elves finally begin to show outwards signs of ageing. But even then, compared to humans, elves age with grace, free of bodily ailments. Elves have a far greater lifespan than that of humans. In general, elves can live for one thousand years. Elves age very slowly, but can still die prematurely of extreme grief and severe injury, though their physical constitutions are much stronger than those of humans.
Elly's Royan, Greymore, is flowered from a royal acorn of the Tree. A Royan stays with an elf for about two hundred years. By that time, a Royan matures and ripens enough in its acorn form to return to the Tree, where it then flowers, and all that it has learned from its keeper will be assimilated into the intelligence repository of the Tree and shared with the elven community.
Elves are generally beautiful to behold, and they are 'supernaturally' strong, agile, and magical beings that can fly, with a close affinity with music and nature and love all things that grow. Most households have animals living within, such as 'pet' griffins which can also be trained to be ridden on for archensoar matches. However, from a young age all elves must learn how to use and harness their magical powers, which is one of the skills they learn at school. Elves are gifted with the ability to understand and communicate in all languages. This is why elves can understand and communicate with animals, and why Elly can understand and communicate with humans.
Gaya, the Human Realm
Elly's first adventure in the human realm takes place in London, the capital city in England. In London, Elly encounters friends in the suburb of Edgware and explores the inner city, where she gets to go inside the Westminster Abbey and various other historical tourist sites as she attempts to masquerade as a human.