Tharalune (thah rah loon ay) was the name given by the elven tribe to both their people and their community on the edges of the Great Wild Wood of Murghôm.
The Tharalune preserve the blood lines of the ancient moon elves, among the first elves to arrive in Faerûn. Their tribe maintains a few of the old rituals, reflecting their strong ties to their deity Selûne, whom they revere as the goddess of Moonlight, of Passions, of Mystery. One ritual in particular is taught to every member—the Rite of the Full Moon. Every night of a full moon when the moon reaches the apex of the night sky, all Tharalune gather and perform their millennia-old songs and dances Selûne. Through the sacred ritual they unweave the thoughts, interpret the mysteries, and feel the desires of their goddess to guide their path. Of all rituals, this one runs deepest. It is a call within their blood they cannot escape.
Through the years of expansion of the humans throughout Faerûn, their tribe maintained caution, establishing a homestead deep in thick forests while keeping a persistent eye across their lands and the surrounding townships. More recently, their patrols have been reporting an evil laying waste across the expansive old forest. Many feared an old legend of evil has been linked to the cause–-a legend so old there are none left who know more than superstition and rumor. The eldest of them speak of a now-buried shrine somewhere in these old woods where a priest of Lolth a millennia ago once thirsted for power and attempted joining her deity in this world. While the details of the fate of that powerful priest are unknown, that old evil has long been sensed deep in the bones of their elven race from the flora and fauna which has grown around this land—the presence of Selûne detecting her ancient foe through her followers.