Within Elendor there are 21 different cultures, each covering a different culture written about by Tolkien in his writings about Middle-earth. For example, a player can play an orc from Moria, an elf from Mirkwood, a mortal human from Dunland, or a Hobbit from the Shire, to name but a few choices. However, not all cultures can be played by new players, who may lack experience. These cultures include the Ents, Trolls, and Dúnedain, as well as many other special or powerful species.
The cultures are each run by a "Ruler" (an out of character rank) and a council of local administrators (Local Admins or LAs). These players are responsible for the theme and daily running of their respective cultures. Above the Rulers is a council of "Wizards", or MUSH-wide administrators, who have wide ranging responsibilities that involve the daily running of the MUSH.