Elves

History

The history of Elves is a long one and rarely shared outside of their own kind. The race itself began when the Ithilah returned to heavens and their descendants were unable to return with them. These people decided to call themselves ‘Elves’ and carried on the same as their elders did. However, when the oldest among them passed away from age, something that was unheard of among the Ithilah, fear began to spread within the community.

Still gifted with innate magic of their ancestors, the Elves feared they would lose this as well as their immortality. This fear brought about radical changes. A council was formed consisting of the oldest and most magical Elves who set out to find ways to preserve what was left of their Ithilah heritage. The first idea is to separate their kind into two groups. The first, called the Ithilien, are the oldest of the Elves and closely related to the Ithilah. The other group, now called the Avahlah, are the furthest removed from their ancestors. The council sets strict rules forbidding the mixing of the two groups.

As time progresses, the efforts of the council appear to be working. With greater magic and abilties that their ‘lesser’ kin, the Ithilien believe themselves to be above the Avahlah. This leads to greater segregation as the _Avahal are forced to move into the less grand areas of the city, some even flee to the forest to avoid the growing tensions. In an effort to make sure the separation continues, the council rules that all Avahlah must get identifying tattoos on their face. Any Ithilien who step out of line are also marked, this threat tightens the councils grip on the community.

After tome time, tensions begin to rise as members of the Ithilien speak out against the treatment of their own kind. The Council fears direct confrontation as some of the outspoken are very influential Elves. Their salvation comes in the form of Dwarves. While they had initially refused their request, the Council realized under the pretense of the old treaty they could ‘remove’ those that opposed them. They honored the Dwarves request and sent an army consisting of many Avahlah and those Ithilien that opposed them. Most did not return.

Those Ithilien that survived the Dwarven mines return to Ebur in secret. They began to work covertly, converting others to their cause while attacking temples and depositories of Elven knowledge. They called themselves the Ocellah or ‘People of Darkness’ as they were rarely seen. Despite fighting for their rights, most Avahlah refused to join the rebellion as their methods were considered harsh and brutal. The rebels continue their guerrilla tactics for many years, to little success.

The Dwarves, still struggling with their war, beg the Elves for more help. This time their plea is never heard as the Ocellah see this as an opportunity to taint the Ruling Councils good name. They ambush and murder the Dwarven emissaries, sending the bodies back to the Dwarves ridden with arrows. Outraged, they cut off all contact with the Elves, but not before declaring Elves to be traitors and the Ruling Council untrustworthy.

Angered over what the knew to be a Ocellah sabotage, the Ruling Council enacted martial law; their soldiers marched into Avahlah homes and slaughtered all those they thought were affiliated with the rebels. This move gives strength to many Elves, who in turn join up with the rebels. With new members and

Current Age
The race of Elves has become a fractious one. In Ethorica, they have two separate homelands. In the Northlands lies the forest of Ebur which is the ancestral home of Elves. Currently, it is ruled by the Ithilien and they continue their oppressive ways against their own people, the Avahlah.

In the south of the Middlelands lies the Svalah forest. There lies an Elven refuge for those that have been banished from their homeland or those that could no longer take the rank of second class. The Elves that live here have taken no ancient designation and consider themselves the true Elves.

The ancient Ocellah are rarely seen but it is know that they hide beneath the earth, waiting to rise and take revenge upon the surface.

Race Relations
While there are variations, relations depend on where the Elf in question hail from. Those from Ebur (assuming they are Ithilien) consider themselves better than other races. That being said, most are hospitable even if they are cold and aloof. True Avahlah are generally meek and quiet no matter who they are dealing with.

Those Elves that hail from Svalah are generally more friendly, though they are still fiercely passionate and independent. Most Elves still hold onto the ancient treaty with Dwarves and hold them in higher regard than other races and will go out of their way to help one in great need.

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