Secrets of Strugur
The Elder Races is a blanket term for all sentient species whose origins predate the Imperial Age, thus beyond the limits of the very oldest verifiable written history and into times of pure myth. Outside scholarly fields, however, its usage is frequently narrowed to refer only to those who also build civil societies, primarily Elves and Dwarves.
Generally, the Elder Races trace their origin to acts of primeval gods, universal forces and the like. Among the Younger Races whose origin can be traced to mortal magic or even simple breeding, this is often viewed as just one facet of an arrogance endemic to their kind, the same arrogance from which springs their desire to make the distinction between Elder and Younger in the first place.