Elves and Eladrin
Most humans cannot tell the difference between elves and eladrin. Both are slender, have pointy ears and almond-shaped eyes. As far as humans are concerned, they both live in the woods, love nature and dislike human civilization. The truth if, of course, a little more complex.
Elves and eladrin share a common ancestry. They are both people of the magical realm of the Feywild. Elves love nature, especially old forests, and they try to live in accordance with it, so they don’t destroy nature to build cities but rather try to preserve it whenever they can. Eladrin share some of that love, but they are more “civilized” than their cousins. Eladrin have a natural gift for magic and like to explore what one can do with it. Their cities are wonders of architecture that are beautiful to look at.
If elves or eladrin ever did found a great nation or empire, no-one remembers it. For most people, they live in or near forests, far away from human lands. However, some elves and eladrin like to travel and trade with other races and can be seen in all the major cities and ports across the world.