The Architect of Ruins
Races of Light
The term “Races of Light” is the common translation of Elvish that refers to races considered benevolent to the world. While there are plenty of examples of malevolent individuals of all the races, it is a convention used to differentiate between civilized peoples and monstrous humanoids such as Orcs, Gnolls, and Giant Folk.
In truth, the term Races of Light was born in ancient times, referring to those who lived above ground versus the cursed who were banished to the underdark. In ancient times, before the gods achieved victory over the primordials, the Elvish language did not define the Dwarves as among the Races of Light. Though Dwarves are now considered among the Light, there is still some tension between the Dwarves and the fey races and it stems from those ancient times.