Belcadiz houses a large population of dark-skinned humans, elves and half-elves that all live closely in an integrated society. Belcadiz elves have ‘rejected’ traditional elven culture, feeling more tied to their Principality and to Glantri, rather than to the ways of Illsundil. Belcadiz is famous for its wines and fruits, and also crafts fine elven rapiers and armours that they sell openly on the market. The elves also maintain several gold mines in the souther Colossus Mountains, and are also known for their black lace. The Principality’s capital of New Alvar is famous for its beautiful landscaping and gardens. Belcadiz’s gardeners are much in demand throughout all of Glantri. The elves of Belcadiz are famed for their daring, flamenco dances.
Despite the fact that the Path of Ilsundil teaches that all elves are ‘one’, the Clan of Alhambra has refuse to send military or diplomatic aid to the traditional elven homeland of Alfheim, which has been occupied by Shadow Elves ever since the War of Wrath. Alhambra has only offered to taken in elven refugees if they ‘embrace the culture of Belcadiz’, rather than forming their own conservative communities within Belcadiz. Despite this, there are still large groups of conservative elven families who remain around New Avar, in unhappy, self-isolated ghettoes.
This policy has placed Belcadiz in conflict with their cousins in the Principality of Erewan. Occaisionally, elven radicals have attacked famous landmarks in Belcadiz, for their ‘betrayal of the mother homeland’. This has caused a rise in border raiding between Belcadiz and Erewan.
House Alhambra. Belcadiz’s nobility consists of the Alhambra clan, renowned for their vain and flamboyant attitude. They are opposed to the neighbouring House of Ellerovyn, who are more ‘traditionalist’ elves.