Although usually translated as, "dancing," massia is the deadly style of fighting employed by all elves. The massians have formed a powerful society operating within the Alyres that everyone that wishes to advance outside of the academy of wizardry joins. The massians owe much of their success as a society to their relatively loose rules, allowing nearly anyone to become low-ranking members and conferring honorary memberships to famous high elves. No general of the Alyrean armies nor member of the Lysia Wardeis has ever been appointed from outside of the massians.