In the case of Phaeselis, most of the half-elves are the result of a Pelagasiri invasion when Alexander died. The first test of the city as an independent body, and it nearly failed. However, the city prevailed before Cassander came in to "protect" the city. Nine months later after the city drove the elves off, many women gave birth to half-elves, half-men. Although some were killed as a result of rape, most survived. However, they are a horrific reminder that the city almost came under "protection" by Cassander.
Half-elves stand taller than humans but shorter than elves. They inherit the lean build and comely features of their elven lineage, but their skin color is normally dictated by their human side. While half-elves retain the pointed ears of elves, theirs are more rounded and less pronounced. Their eyes tend to be humanlike in shape, but feature an exotic range of colors from amber or violet to emerald green and deep blue. This pattern changes for half-elves of drow descent, however. Such elves are almost unfailingly marked with the white or silver hair of the drow parent, and more often than not have dusky gray skin that takes on a purplish or bluish tinge in the right light, while their eye color usually favors that of the human parent.
Almost all half-elves are the result of a mating between a human and an elf.
Most half-elves have a generic elven heritage but, in some cases, the elven ancestry is to a specific and known type of elf resulting in distinctive features and attributes. Some of these half-elf heritages are as follows: Template:Sectstub
Because most half-elves do not fit completely into either human or elven culture, they tend to adapt to the society in which they feel most comfortable. This versatility makes them excellent survivors, and quite indispensable, as they work hard to seek acceptance from those around them. Among humans, half-elves are also appreciated for their elven beauty, height, and grace, while the elves appreciate in them the same traits they value in humans: spontaneity.
Half-elves have no culture to call their own. Generally speaking half-elves represent the culture they were born into, though many half-elves wander from their homes, becoming truly cosmopolitan individuals. As a result many half-elves lack a "true" accent or even a consistent cultural outlook and a common name for pidgins in Faerûn is “the tongue of a half-elf.”