Era of Upheaval
Elves of Valenor
Archmage Pyria Fendris, Queen of the High Elves and her wyrmling Nithyx
Crown Prince Rholont Fendris with his tripling wyrmlings Imriss, Niran and Pyren
The elves were among the first mortal races to inhabit Darastra. The fair race, was Endarion’s favored children. Due to Endarion’s protection, the elves were blessed with magic and had the power to shape the land. They also had a close relationship with the Dragons of old, the first to band together against Typhus’ fiends.
Endarion, City of the High Elves
Endarion sits atop the high mountain of valenor at the center of Elven territory. Built at the start of the Draconic Age, This stronghold has stood for over 1500 years. Due to the event named the splintering, only Pureblood high elves may reside in Endarion. High Elves spend their lives honing their magical prowess, always ready for enemies that might threaten their kin. Though physically similar, High elves live a much longer life span than their wood elf kin. Some say that it is due to their constant exposure to magic. Valenor is ruled by The Archmage, Queen Pyria (with her myriad of consorts) and over 20 children. Her favored son, Crown Prince Rholont acts as her hand in running the kingdom. Wood elves keep Endarion supplied with all the resources it needs from the lush forest of Valenor.
Endarion is ruled by a Queen, whom is also the strongest Archmage in the land.
The nobles are family groups who had great magical power in their bloodline. A noble House is ruled by a master wizard/sorceror called a Master. They were generally founded by powerful elven individuals with special powers, who gave their traits to their offspring. Nobles also augmented or substituted these abilities further with magic items.
These nobles took the best lands and resources for themselves, and the rest was forced to care for themselves. The Houses owned a standing army of elven soldiers(unsorcerors), and wizards. What was special about these armies of noble Houses was the existence of contingents consisting solely of magical creatures, usually elementals, and magical constructs.
High Elves saw their meaning of life in being a master of the arcane arts. Their status in society is matches their prowess in the arcane. This resulted into a society where “magic makes right” was the only “law”. There are 7 “Main” houses that whom have Archmages that coincides with each known school of magic.
House Fendris (Ruling House) – Evocation
House Kelcis – Illusion
House Sindi – Divination
House Faeren – Conjuration
House Shaleth – Enchantment
House Errona – Abjuration
House Aetumal – Transmutation
Once every 100 years, a test of skill is said to take place that allows all houses to present their Arcane strength and mastery in hopes of changing their noble standing.
The Lord/Lady Masters fulfilled the function of judges and other judicial functions. In practice, something that was called “laws” did exist in Elven society. Though rare masters saw it as their right to arrest and punish people in their own ways, when they catch an offense. The most common offence is magic thievery or the practice of forbidden magic, such as necromancy.
Unsorceror is a term used for any HIgh Elf that fails to manifest any magical abilities. At the age of 20. High Elf youths undergo a ritual known as the Aetherbrand Ceremony. If the elf fails to attune itself to the an Aetheryte, they are expected to be disowned by the noble house and sent to train with the Wood elves on martial combat. Once they have finished their training, they may re-enter elven society as commoners whom become laborers, or soldiers.
Oakholm, Wood elf Sanctuary
Wood elf tribes constantly roam Valenor forest acting as its steward. The tribes rarely stay in one place, as their nomadic ways ensure that the forest remains healthy and protected. Though xenophobic in nature, Wood elves can be seen outside of Valenor. Even their city of Oakholm is hidden. Traders often venture to Syldhoine, even as far as Highwind for trade and even participate in the occasional fair to win some gold.
House Fendris is the ruling house of Valenor, their lineage going back as far as the first elves.
The thorn are a secret group of elves that seek out non-elven arcanists.