Alaran History: Elves

Disclaimer: This history may be mostly fabrication up until E.F. 800, as is the human history (a discovery made by Thulin Thunderboot in A.F. 827.) The elves insist it’s true, but we don’t really pay attention to them.

The Elves of Alara have a considerably longer lifespan than the rest of the races – there are rumors of some living to see 1,000, although for most 500 or so is pretty damn venerable. As such, their history is on a rather grander scale than that of the humans. As elves are also very patient and very, very methodical, wars can last for millennia and political grudges for even longer. Thus, I give you: the history of the Elves of the Civilized Lands.

~E.F. ? – The Elves are under the whip of a mysterious race known as the Maraki, who worshiped a dark god by the name of Banaraat. It is unknown for how long the slavery lasted, as almost all records are in the language of the Maraki. The Elven records from this time use an unknown dating system, marked “Fall of Aldar”. What is known is that the Maraki empire spanned an incredibly great area, and the Elves were only one of the many races enslaved by them. The others are named by ancient Elven records, but they were named in Old Elvish, so we’ve no idea what they were.

~E.F. 18,000 – The Maraki Empire falls. Elven records indicate that this is due to an elvish uprising, but it’s more likely that the Empire fell simply due to reasons most empires fall: corruption, decadency, barbarians. Etcetera. The Elves essentially loot the corpses of their former masters, and thus ‘invent’ bronze weapons. Elves were never that good at metalworking in the first place, so they just had to steal shit.

~E.F. 17,300 – The last of the Maraki is hunted down and killed. With this, the Elves turn from a rampaging bunch of angry savages into a proud, empire-building race. The irony of this is lost on them. The Elven Empire begins. The official state religion is the Elven druidism that began during their slavery to the Maraki; though freedom of religion is also embraced. Tevarüs Brighteye, the leader of the expedition that slew the last Maraki, takes the throne.

~E.F. 15,000 – Under the rule of Hadaris Brighteye, direct descendant of Tevarüs, the Elves continue slowly but surely building their empire. In doing so, they come across roaming tribes of humans. They enslave them, ’cause they need more muscle to build the previously mentioned empire. The irony at this point is so thick that they should literally be suffocating in it.

~E.F. 11,500 – The Elven state religion, under Garatæne Brighteye, changes from the old druidic tradition to worship of a god known as Patarien Thurei. This change coencides with a massive push in elven conquest of surrounding territories.

~E.F. 10,500 – The Elven Empire reaches its greatest extent under Thælis Brighteye, covering the entirety of what is currently known as the Civilized Lands.

~E.F. 10,200 – It is discovered by a group of elves known as House Dawnsong that Patarien Thurei is in fact the same god as Banaraat, the dark god of the Maraki that had enslaved them. They use this fact to begin a rebellion among the elves. House Brighteye, currently between emperors after the death in battle of Thælis, does not do much, knowing that fighting the rising populace would lead to their destruction. This leads to some of the populace actually remaining loyal to them, as well as Patarien Thurei.

The Elven Empire splits into the two states of Narandavir and Heletül, Narandavir in the east, the current territory of Wyrmspire and Argan Vas, and worshiping Patarien Thurei, and Heletül in the west, current territory of Elenaiar and Asernaiar. In Heletül, the old druidic tradition is revived, and the human slaves released, as they consider slavery another reminder of the Maraki empire. The human tribes take up the druidic traditions of the elves, as they really have no other religion to mess with. Galegar Brighteye takes the throne of Narandavir, and Faralis Dawnsong takes the throne of Heletül.

~E.F. 9,500 – The freed human slaves unite and attack Narandavir to free their still-enslaved brethren. This does not go well for them, as the elves of Heletül, noting the violent tendencies of the humans, conveniently “forgot” to tell them how to craft bronze. So, they wage a war on Narandavir with stone and hate as weapons.

~E.F. 9,200 – After three hundred years of Narandavir basically slaughtering the humans and the elven senate of Heletül arguing over whether or not to help them, Heletül, under the rule of Gæren Dawnsong, finally steps up and begins to attack Narandavir. This begins a massive bloody war.

~E.F. 8,000 – The human slaves are all essentially freed from Narandavir. The humans, knowing a shitstorm when they see one, decide not to participate in the rest of the war, universally considered “probably a good idea”.

It should be noted, here, that elven warfare is not at all like that of humans. It’s more a constant state of dislike, occasionally interrupted by a battle or a mage going crazy and fireballing everyone. This enables wars to continue for thousands of years, far longer than human wars continue for, even accounting for the difference in lifespan.

~E.F. 6,200 – The Elves of Narandavir take a turn for the evil. The more evil, that is. They begin participating in dread rituals, blood sacrifices, and the like to summon demons and bolster their armies.

~E.F. 6,000 – Femæra Dawnsong, queen of Heletül, forges an alliance with the roaming human tribes, who have by now forgotten why there’s a war on or if they were ever involved. Together, the elves and humans begin the final assault on Narandavir.

The next millennium is spent in an elevated state of warfare. The noted elven warfare style of years previous goes out of style in favor of straight war. Entire cities are built around battlefields, leaving an odd phenomenon of twin cities being discovered thousands of years later, with one decimated due to the victories of one side. Some individual battles, including the final siege of Narandavir, last for centuries.

~E.F. 5,000 – Narandavir is felled. The city is sacked, and the now corrupt demon-elves hunted down and executed to the last.  The constant battle of the last millennium has completely decimated everyone involved.  Heletül is greatly weakened.  Nothing much differs among the human tribes, ’cause they’re just random humans and you can’t really have weakened tribes.  Doesn’t work.  Point is, Narandavir is demolished and Heletül is in a bit of shithole.

~ E.F. 3,500 – The estimated time of Heletül’s falling in two.  Not much is known, as elven records disappear randomly for about a thousand years, and when they come back again Heletül has become the twin city-states of Elenaiar and Asernaiar, Elenaiar under House Dawnsong and Asernaiar under House Galebreak.  At around this time, the focus shifts from the elves to the humans.  The elves don’t really do anything very important ever again.  They are also mostly ignored by Ulëndras and the empire of Drak’an, who seem mostly interested in humans.

~E.F. 1,300 – The Dwarven invention of iron weapons changes elven warfare for the first time in seventeen thousand years.  This vaguely shocks the elves out of complacency, as they’ve realized that, apart from overthrowing Narandavir, they haven’t actually done anything in their entire history.  They’ve added to the knowledge of magic, and have produced several hundred philosophers, but… whatever.  After this point, the elves resolve to take a more major role in the politics of the land, instead of just festering.  Both Elenaiar and Asernaiar decide this independently within several years of each other.

~E.F. 600 – The War of the Twin Spears, the Elves’ unified attempt to free the humans from their draconic overlord, Dräsilith, ends badly for the elves.  The humans, it turns out, are just fine with their overlord.  This is the bloodiest war in the entire history of the elves or humans, as the elves were surprised by the humans ability to war and the humans were surprised that the elves weren’t just forest-pansies like they always believed.

~E.F. 30 – The Elves watch in bemusement as the humans’ dragon-worshiping society completely eats itself over forty years or so.  They also watch in interest as the new gods, the pantheon of Archus, arrives from across the sea.

0 – The Archan Empire is declared.  The elves essentially sit back and think “yeah, that’s gonna work out great”.

A.F. 12-40 – Japhasath, prophet and living voice of Archus, spends thirty-eight years discussing matters of religion with the elves of Asernaiar and Elenaiar.  This is a remarkably short amount of time for an elf, but Japhasath somehow still manages to convert them from their old druidic tradition to the worship of Archus, though they take more to the worship of Omora Agabai and Rudolphus.

A.F. 55 – The Archan Empire falls.  The elves, despite having been converted to Archanites during that time, still giggle to themselves and think “I told you so.”

~A.F. 200 – The Elves maintain a vaguely cordial relationship with the Niaran Empire, by which we mean that they don’t attack them and are in turn not attacked for a few hundred years.

A.F. 598 – Darius the Mad declares war on the elves, marking the first opportunity for true elven warfare in over a thousand years.  They go mad.  Of course, this all ends when Benedict I takes the throne and reaches out to them, but they have fun in the meantime.

A.F. 652 – The Elves of Elenaiar and Asernaiar enter into the treaty of the Alliance, as dictated by Benedict I, the Wise.  Though there are still some disagreements among the allied races, as Elenaiar doesn’t really like Asernaiar, it’s reciprocated, the dwarves are annoying, and this is the first anyone except the humans has heard of the minotaurs, the Alliance generally works.

A.F. 788 – With the death of Kæran Galebreak, and through some odd incidences of intermarriage, Ambrellis Dawnsong takes the throne of Asernaiar, marking this the first time in over four thousand years that House Dawnsong has had sole control over the elves – though this does not mean that the elves are united.

A.F. 810 – The Amen-Kathar invade Asernaiar, sacking the city and leading to the exile of the elves from their homeland.  Some go to Elenaiar, some to Wyrmspire, and some to Below, but a lot remain in the general area and become the Phoenix Guard, a group of militant elves under the leadership of Ambrellis Dawnsong who will, if given the chance, return to the ancient ways of the Elven Empire.  This is generally considered a bad thing, as is a bunch of squid-things having control over a once-great city of the elves.

A.F. 823 – Present day.  Queen Ellesmera Dawnsong, a half-elf related to the house of Dargonne, presides over Elenaiar.  Asernaiar is still in shit.  Ambrellis Dawnsong is waging constant war on the Amen-Kathar, and random dwarves have begun digging up ancient elf ruins, attempting to fill in the blank areas of elven history.

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