Elves are a race of demi-humans in Drifters.
With the exception of their elongated ears, elves of both the male and female variety are almost identical to their human counterparts in appearance. Unlike humans, however, elves enjoy a lifespan so long that many of the characters considered "adults" by human standards would be thought of as young by theirs. Yet despite this near-immortality, elves also reproduce less often than humans. Consequently, they are an easy target for the genocidal policies of the Orte Empire, who sought to wipe the elves out by taking elvish women away from their homes during the elvish breeding periods.
Prior to the war between the elves and the Orte Empire, they were also once renowned for their skill in archery. After their defeat by the Orte Empire, however, the production and use of bows and arrows were forbidden to elves.
Fifty years ago Orte conquered the elves in its goal for human supremacy. Many elders of the elves, were executed resulting in a loss of racial history and knowledge of the elves. The survivors were forced to work the lands as poor serfs. Life of the elves became intolerable, they were forced to work the land as farmers, despite having no experience in farming, they were forbidden from entering the forests due to Orte fearing they would return to their racial skills as foresters, bows and arrows were also forbidden to them due to their former skills as archers. In addition their women were periodically taken and raped by the human soldiers.
Nasu Suketaka Yoichi was the first Difter that encountered the elves. The elves mostly avoided him, due to the edict by the Orte Empire that elves were forbidden from approaching Drifters. Yoichi however despite his minimal contact with the elves managed to learn elvish and after he was joined by Oda Nobunaga the latter did the same.
Shara brother of the two boys that saved Toyohisa reprimanded their actions stating that if the local governor learned that they had interacted with a Drifter they would be put to death. Unfortunately a passing Orte patrol came to the elven village. The human soldiers quickly assaulted the elves, herding them out to be present before Aram. Mark and Marsha managed to flee to the woods, but were pursued by riders.
Aram revealed that he was aware that the elves had helped the Drifters. He stated this was a breach of their agreement since their servitude under Orte. Shara taking a stand defended his brother actions stating that he was near death, and that the laws passed by the humans were driving the elves to extinction.
The knight wishing to punish Shara for his defiance quickly stabbed his father in the chest and order his men to begin halving the elves in the village. The soldiers began to randomly slaughter the elves before them. Shara seeing what his outburst had caused begged them to stop the massacre, offering his own life. Aram declined, wishing to make live with the guilt of his crime, mocking the elf, blaming his ancestors for his race's state.
The elves were later rescued when Toyohisa, singlehandedly slaughter many of the soldiers in Aram's party. Upon seeing the scene the samurai challenged the knight. Aram thinking him nothing to be a savage, arrogantly engaged the man, but to his shocked, Toyohisa quickly overpowered him with his bare hands. Pinning his arms to the ground, the samurai humiliated the knight by beating him with the butt of his scabbard.
Seeing the despair on the faces of the elves, Toyohisa offered his sword to an elven father whose son was murdered. He encouraged the elves to take up their revenge over the injured knight for all the pain and abuse they suffered.