Elves are a long lived race. They are well known for their elegance and wisdom due to these long lifespans. While not built for combat, not many races can outperform a well-trained elven archer or spell caster.
There are almost as many different kinds of elves as there are different looking humans, from the cruel and often despised drow to the elegant but haughty high elves, to the secluded wood elves...
Elves are gifted with a magical proficiency not often rivalled by other races, as well as a magical resistance to match. Their long and slender bodies lends itself to getting into any situation, and out of it.
Unfortunately, as a consequence of their lanky form, elves are often physically weak.