I am answering random questions today about world building, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.
High Elves don't wear much jewelry, and they tend to wear rather simple, serviceable robes. High Elves like the comfort of safety in numbers so they tend to all do and wear exactly the same thing as everyone else in their clan, and will pick on, tease, bully, and harass any Elf that tries to be in any way different.
The Moon Elves, a type of High Elf, all wear nearly identical silver-blue silk robes, the colour of a full moon, and very minimal silver jewelry, such as a simple circlet on their head and a plain silver band on their finger.
And so, when there arose among them a very flamboyant, flashy Moon Elf wearing bright pink feather trimmed dresses with heavily beaded embroidery, and dripping head to toe in very super bling super sparkly gold jewelry with glittering pink tourmaline crystals... they attacked him and drove him out of Elf society, saying he was acting like a Faerie or a half-Elf (Calling a High Elf a Faerie or a Half-Elf are both horrible hate slurs in High Elf society, basically the worst insult there is for a High Elf).
Demons like to wear a lot of jewelry and bright flashy colours. Fluorescent Yellows, Neon Oranges, Eye Popping Pinks, Dayglow Limon Greens, Electric Blues... Demons live for unnaturally bright, super dramatic, overly garish, very 1980's colour schemes, with the Mr.T jewelry gold chain bling to match.
Demons love their bling...
My main character, Quaraun, is a Moon Elf who was raised by Demons, so he wears a lot of jewelry, and very flamboyant colours, and is seen by the other Elves as insane because of the way he dresses, thus why they call him "Quaraun the Insane". People (Elves and Humans) tend to tease him and bully him quite a lot because of it, thinking he's a vain, arrogant prissy, not really realizing there is an actual reason behind how he dresses that has nothing to do with vanity.
A list of his piercings/etc are as follows:
Now, why he does it...
He is a member of an order of wizard-priests (The Di'Jinn) who though not castrated, live as Eunuchs and take a vow of celibacy. The jewelry acts as "chastity devices". The placement of them make sex a near impossibility for him. The weight of the jewelry hanging from his ears, nose, nipples, and genitals is heavy and painful (he is wearing far too many to be comfortable), becoming a form of monk-like "self torture". Because of the way they are placed, an erection becomes a painful thing, the jewelry "punishing" him for losing control of his bodily functions.
The face, nipples, and genitals are seen as objects of sexual delight, thus they are hidden, in this manner. Ironically, the jewelry is unseen most of the time, as he wears cloths similar to that of a traditional Persian Muslim woman. Thus while the chains cover his face, so too does a hijab and face veil. While the chains cover his nipples and genitals, so too do the long flowing floor length dresses with sleeves to his finger tips. His dresses, robes, and veils are all of bright bubblegum pink, heavily embroidered with dark pink & purple hearts, squid, and jellyfish.
The colour pink, and all the members of The Order of the Di'Jinn wearing dresses, even the men, is because they worship The Sacred Pink Jelly Fish (a type of Thullid), a very Lovecraftian style pink Demon Goddess who's an alien Jelly Fish trapped on Earth, after her home planet burned up when her sun supernovaed. Most of the Demons who worship her, in fact also aliens, and are Squid Headed Humanoids from Neptune's Moon (no one knows which one). They wear pink because their goddess is pink, and wear dresses because she is female.
The armour on his fingers, make it difficult for him to do even every day normal tasks, requiring him to ask others to help him to do very basic things. This is a "lesson in humility" much the same way a Buddhist monk owns nothing but a broom and a bowl, and has to humble himself to begging food from others in order to survive. The Elf needs help to eat, as the finger armor make it difficult for him to grip objects like forks or spoons. Most people (Humans usually, but other Elves as well), not understanding his religion, tend to see this as him being snooty and too arrogant to do things for himself, and he is often beaten up by bullies who call him a wimp and a sissy. People often drag him into the street and beat him up, strip him naked, and rip up his "fancy pink dresses" to humiliate him, because they incorrectly assume him to be a transsexual and think he is wearing pink to try to be a women, think he is asking for help because he's too good to do things on his own. Because of how he dresses, other Elves call him: "Quaraun the Insane".
The religion is a Demon religion, practiced by Demons, specifically the Thullids, a type of Chaos Demons, and the goddess herself is a Thullid. Normally no non-Demons are members of this religion and he is in fact the only Elf to ever join this religion, which has resulted in his being cast out of Elven society, seen by other Elves as a traitor. He came to join this religion, because as a small child his mother was murdered by his father, and he was about to be murdered with her, except a Di'Jinn priest was passing by and saw the enraged Elf beat his wife to death then turn on his son. The priest offered to buy the boy to keep as his slave. The father agreed and sold his son to the Demon. The Demon took the boy back to the Temple of the Di'Jinn in Persia, where he was raised as though he was just another Demon. The result was an Elf raised among Thullid Chaos Demons and adopting the religion of the Thullid family who raised him.
(The name Thullid comes from Cthulu by the way.)
The Di'Jinn priests named him Quaraun (which is a real Persian name that means "one who walks with god"), after they took the Sacred Pink Jelly Fish and implanted her into his brain. Essentially they killed the Elf, and his body was used as a "husk" to allow the Goddess to be able to have a body of her own and walk freely among the people (rather than being stuck in a fish tank, which is where she lived before being implanted into the Moon Elf's body.) (This is "Demon Possession" by the way. In the Quaraun series, Demons can literally take your body and live inside of it, making your their puppet. - In other words, Quaraun is a Demon Possessed Moon Elf.)
Because she has no concept of any Earth society or culture and she has psionic powers, she often wishes her attackers dead, and whomever is beating/bullying/humiliation the Elf, simply drops dead. Which resulted in the world as a whole being terrified of Quaraun calling him "the world's most powerful wizard".
In the novels, you see Quaraun go back and forth between calling himself a male Elf and using male pronouns, to calling herself a female Thullid and using female pronouns, because he is both, him being a male Elf with a female Thullid living inside him.