|I am writing this review as part of your shower for "Invalid Item" . This is an awesome introduction to your character Sul'hupkaar! The evil elven figure comes across very well. I like the mystery involved in the scene, too. While you did tell us what Sul'hupkaar looked like, you did also use reactions of others and interactions with them, to show us much more about the dark elf. This piece has a very ominous feel to it, which I'm sure was your intent... very nicely done!
I only noticed two small things that I wanted to mention: First, when Sul'hupkaar goes to see the smith. I would take it that the smith is either sitting or bent over, but it just seemed weird to me (and it could very well just be the way I read it) when you wrote," The smith that looked up at him was a giant of a man, easily a head and a half taller than Sul’hupkaar." It just read weird to me that the smith, who should have towered over the evil elf, was looking up at him - after rereading it, it made me realize that the smith was probably not in a complete upright position, though.
The only other thing I noticed was in the last two sentences. You seem to switch POV at the end there. Suddenly we are inside the head of the man rather than your main character. That is so easy to do when you want to be able to show something the other character is thinking or feeling, so I understand how it could happen. But, we are experiencing this all from your main character's POV, so it should stay that way throughout the entire piece.
Overall, I think this is an awesome introduction to your character and the way you have expertly laid the scene makes me definitely want to read more. I like the fact that there are unanswered questions and that you have made the reader care enough about the characters to want to continue to read. Very well done!