The Wolfriders are a tribe of Elves lead by Cutter, son of Bearclaw. They ride and communicate with wolves who they treat as family members. Although most Elves have near eternal life, the Wolfriders do not since their blood is mixed with that of their wolfen companions. This is the result of their ancestor, Timmain (the High One), of having shape-shifted into the form of a wolf in order to survive on the World of Two Moons that she and other Elves had escaped to. Never-the-less they still live for hundreds of years, but they are much shorter than their pure-blood Elf cousins.
Timmain's son, Timmorn Yellow Eyes, was born half elf -- half wolf, and his blood flows through the generations that followed. Eventually the Wolfriders were forced from their woodland home, which they call the 'Holt', by humans who burned them out. The humans having been convinced that the Elves were demons.
The original Wolfriders sought to share the bounty of the forest they inhabited with the primative humans, but this inevitably let to conflict. While the elves rarely exercised vengefulness, generations of human expansion gradually led to boundary disputes, and conflict.
All of the elves have the ability to "send" or create a spiritual thought-link which allowed their family to converse with each other through their thoughts. Although this gift was limited by proximity and ability, the tribe of elves together in a united send proved to be the greatest protection for the family of elves. When a mortal elf would die, her spirit went to the Palace of High Ones, where its personality existed within this thought-communion, a oneness within the entirety of all that the elves ever were.
Cutter Kinseeker (Blood of Ten Chiefs) lead his tribe on a quest to find the other lost tribes of Elves who also landed on the planet. He eventually leads his tribe to the Sun-folk who have thrived in a peaceful desert sanctuary. The Wolfriders', suspicious of the unknown, attack the Sun-folk and Cutter even kidnaps Leetah (the daughter of the Sun-folk chief). Eventually the Wolfriders' are accepted into the Sun Village and Cutter -- who is recognized with Leetah -- vies for her attention.
In the years since, Cutter has lead the Wolfriders on numerous quests to find other Elves, discovering such groups as the Gliders of Blue Mountain lead by the treacherous Winnowill, the warrior Go-Backs, and ocean-dwelling Wavedancers.