Are the female elves in this AL adventure actually Dusk Elves?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure, there are a unique subrace of elf called dusk elves, and the adventure has this to say about them:

So it seems that, during the time that the adventure takes place, there are no female dusk elves left alive

but then, in DDAL04-06 The Ghost, there are female elven characters such as Derali (p. 11) and the “very young female [elf]” (p. 13); however, their subrace is not specified. There are other examples of elves (without a specified subrace) in Barovia presented in other AL adventures, but this is the first one I’ve encountered with female elves included and even named (even included on the “Appendix: NPC Summary” page):

As an additional piece of information from the AL adventure, the Adventure Overview on p. 8 includes the following:

However, I don’t know what “Greenhall” is, or whether that invalidates some of my logic leading me to believe that these elves are dusk elves. The AL adventure itself (and therefore, meeting the elves) does take place in Barovia, however.


As far as I’m aware, there are no other elves in Barovia besides the dusk elves (certainly no other elves besides dusk elves appear in the Curse of Strahd adventure), which implies that these female elves (and for that matter, the other elves-without-a-subrace included in these AL adventures) are dusk elves, although it contradicts the quotes above from p. 232 and p. 237 that says they were all killed.

On other other hand, the quote from p. 232 also says “the dusk elf tribe” and p. 119 says “live in secret places such as this”, so this could be read to mean that there are other tribes of dusk elves in Barovia that had nothing to do with the events of Patrina (presumably not known about by the now-male-only dusk elf tribe), and therefore could still have females. However, this isn’t expanded on in Curse of Strahd, and is only hinted at in these AL adventures.


So I can only see the following possibilities to resolve the apparent contradiction in the above information:

  1. The female elves in the AL adventures are dusk elves, and they were just a separate tribe that had nothing to do with the Patrina incident;
  2. The female elves in the AL adventures were some other kind of elves (say, wood elves or something) and there are, indeed, no female dusk elves after all;
  3. Whoever wrote these AL adventures made a mistake…

Am I missing something? Which of the above is true (or is there an “option 4”)?

Can Elves move when they Trance?

Elves have the Trance trait :

Elves don’t need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such meditation is “trance.”) While meditating, you can dream after a fashion; such dreams are actually mental exercises that have become reflexive through years of practice. After resting in this way, you gain the same benefit that a human does from 8 hours of sleep.

Can a Trancing elf move, such as by slowly walking in circles (pacing), without interrupting the Trance ?

(Specific reason I’m asking : I have an Elven Speedster character whose concept includes to be “always on the move, lest he dies”, a bit like a shark.)

Can elves trance in armor without any downsides?

Xanathar’s Guide states

Sleeping in light armor has no adverse effect on the wearer, but sleeping in medium or heavy armor makes it difficult to recover fully during a long rest. When you finish a long rest during which you slept in medium or heavy armor, you regain only one quarter of your spent Hit Dice (minimum of one die). If you have any levels of exhaustion, the rest doesn’t reduce your exhaustion level.

Given an elf trance isn’t “sleeping”, does wearing armor negatively impact the effects of the trance?

Are Valenar elves and Aerenal elves different races of elves?

I have been a GM of D&D eberron for around 2 years, and there is something that I always ask myself:

Are Valenar elves and Aerenal elves different races of elves?

As I don’t know, I let my player choose between wood elves and high elves as subrace (as drows are in Xen’drik and so they are not involved in this question), but for me it would be logical that Valenar = wood elves and Aerenal = high elves.

Are Shadar-Kai and Shadow Elves the same?

Now that Shadar-Kai are officially elves in 5e D&D, is there an official source or even semi-official (WOTC tweets, Designer blogs / podcasts / videos, Unearthed Arcana, etc.) that links these pale neutral-ish elves with the pale, neutral-ish Shadow Elves from the known world aka Mystara.

I have so far not been able to find even semi-official confirmation, especially since Mystara is seldom officially mentioned in a 5e context. But it really seems like they have many points of overlap.

Personally, I intend to make them one and the same.

Can elves maintain concentration in a trance?

Following the question Must 5e elves take a long rest? and LegendaryDude’s suggestion, I wanted to further elaborate on the benefits elvish trance has while adventuring.

In the PHB 5e, there’s a note that says:

Elves don’t need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day (The Common word for such meditation is “trance.”). While meditating, you can dream after a fashion; such dreams are actually mental exercises that have become reflexive through years of practice. After resting in this way, you gain the same benefit that a human does from 8 hours of sleep.

To further clarify, meditation is defined as:

think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.

Combining those two definitions, I’m understanding that elves take 4 hours out of their day to block out the world around them, focusing intensely on either something or nothing… Either maintaining an unwavering concentration on one topic or allowing stray thoughts to pass through them, giving them dreams.

If this understanding is accurate, would that suggest that while in a trance, an elf can maintain a spell that requires their concentration to keep up?


Example:

Your party takes heed to their position. After a long and perilous journey, the cult leader is just beyond the doors, yet your party is down to half strength, at best, and exhausted. Having overheard a guard mention that the leader was not to be disturbed for the next eight hours, you decide it’s best to take the cautionary path and rest for at least 4 of those hours, allowing everyone to recharge and prepare for what you expect is going to be a tough fight.

As a measure of precaution, your party takes up base in a small corridor, sealing one side with the spell mold earth while your elven wizard casts an illusionary spell on the other to hide your presence.

Note: In this situation, the idea is that the spell can be maintained while the elf uses trance to gain full benefits as if rested for 8 hours.

Can elves sleep / dream?

The PHB of D&D 5e says that elves can’t be put to sleep by magic (see under “Fey Ancestry”), and that they “don’t need to sleep” (under “Trance”.) Note that neither of these statements deny their ability to sleep: people can be put to sleep (or knocked unconscious, for that matter) by non-magical means, and “don’t need to” doesn’t mean “can’t”.

Am I reading the rules clearly here, or have I missed something?

Are elves capable of sleeping, and if put into sleep (or a state close to sleep), do they dream?