The Sands of Faith
Most of the continent is desert, and Elves have occupied these deserts since the beginning of recorded history. In the desert there are uncountable tribes, some are bandits and raiders, and others are merchants; all are lead by the Elves (although any race can be a member of a desert tribe Elves are always the leaders through tradition). The elves prefer the desert more than anything else; the desert tribes themselves are secluded groups that prefer little contact with outsiders; other races within a tribe serve that function. Unlike Eladrin who have pride in their people that causes arrogance, elves have pride in what they have accomplished in the barren lands, a civilization of their own. Elves revere the beauty of the desert, they always live simply and protect their friends and tribe as this is how one survives in the sands.
The typical elf is suspicious of those that live outside the deserts, but those that earn their trust find that their loyalty knows no bounds. On the outside an elf seems to never take pleasure in anything, but those that become friends with one see that the elves reserve their true feelings only for those that are trusted. Outside the deserts there is little trust for the elf; although they are seen in a better light because they never took slaves and protected their tribe-mates from the Empire. During the Second Empire the elves allied themselves with the Eladrin and Drow. So while an eladrin may not be let into an Inn, an Elf may be allowed to stay in the common room only. Between the eladrin, drow, and elf the elf is the lesser evil.
To an elf their family is most important, followed by their tribe. Elf families contain their blood kin, and often close friends. To be included in an elf family one need not be an Elf, the family elders often adopt those they feel have contributed to the family; in a desert tribe it is considered a great honor to be adopted into an elf family. An individual elf may consider their close friends (their adventure mates for example) as a part of their family, even if the family as a whole does not. Family honor is more important than individual honor; and most Elf families tend towards being conservative. Honor killings are common if a family member dishonors the family, there are many stories of brother tracking down siblings across the world to avenge some slight on their family honor.