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“Or an elf, or even half-elf,” added the tall representative of the Elder Race, his arm still wrapped around the toque-wearing beauty. “You even consider quarter-elves inferior—”

In Northern Kingdoms, the term quarter-elf refers to a person who has one quarter elven blood (whose parents are either one human and one half-elf, or two quarter-elves). Only the pickiest about race consider them nonhuman.

Notable quarter-elves


  • In Polish, aside from "ćwierćelf" (literally "quarter-elf"), Sapkowski sometimes uses the word "kwarteron", which translates as "quadroon", a word lifted from actual history, part of a hypodescent vocabulary developed to distinguish levels of either African or Australian Aboriginal ancestry, which is now considered offensive. However, likely because of the real-world connotations, the word was left out of the English translation of the books by David French.


  1. Namely Fiona and Amavet. Adela was confirmed by the mages to be Falka's daughter, but this information was never brought to public.
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