Merisiel is an example of a Forlorn elf.

The Forlorn are a category of elf that differ from other elves by upbringing rather than ethnicity. These elves spent their lengthy childhood in non-elven (typically human) communities. The earliest Forlorn were the orphaned children of elves who refused to abandon Golarion from the predicted devastation wrought by Earthfall.


Witnessing the slow decay of age and finally death of friends and family members has a particularly profound impact on the elven psyche. The Forlorn are often melancholy individuals due to their prolonged contact with the short-lived races. Tragically, many of the Forlorn become downcast, or even withdraw entirely from others. It is not uncommon for members of the Forlorn to travel from place to place, fleeing from a home they perceive as being tainted by death.[1] Prejudice and discrimination, both from humans and elves, can also be a factor for these young elves.

Relations with othersEdit

The Forlorn are often treated with a mixture of pity and mistrust by other elves, who marginalize them in a way similar to half-elves. Their non-elvish upbringing is seen as a major disability by these elves, although more open minded individuals, such as Queen Telandia Edasseril[2] would love dearly to bring these scarred individuals into Elven society to find a better life. Among the shorter lived races however, there are few obvious differences between the Forlorn and other elves, save for a somber attitude which many mistake for elven aloofness.

Though not always a pious group, the Forlorn tend to favour deities of travel, particularly Desna.[3]