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After the Fall

1-10 AF – This is a period of reconstruction for the High Elves. Though the Karina Pact secured a future independent of foreign rule or enslavement, it went far in demoralizing and limiting the survivors of the Fall.

Collapsed and utterly ruined, the ancient Imperial capital of Mal'jun is at last abandoned in the winter of 8 AF, spelling the end of High Elven power on the Golden Island. Renaming it now to Mal'luuma “City of Whispers”, restless spirits and elemental monstrosities come to infest the ruin, guarding its lost lore and treasures. The high towers of Une'jul and the Eye of the World are abandoned as well and the farmlands of the Greenway are left to rot and ruin. Many refugees flee to the towns of Ahrunel and Cahr, while others leave to the larger cities of the mainland.

The fortress complex of Hel'manda is abandoned in the spring of 9 AF.

Fractured after the apparent death of the Sun God and the sudden disappearance of Kontar, the Church of Light would be marred by division and internal strife for many years to come.

The surviving Durn'hala begin to rebuild. With the fall of the Sun God and the collapse of the Empire, the six hundred year curse of the Dark Elves loosens. Though they would remain gray skinned and jet black eyed, the rays of the sun no longer pained them. Now able to better endure life above ground, the survivors of Mal'sumal lay down the foundations for their new capital of Telsus.

The naval fleet of House Syfalin, half destroyed and abandoned after the collapse of the Moonlit Veil, is found by the lords of House Mora'tel. They quickly salvage what they can and repurpose it into a merchant fleet, setting back across the Ocean of Ah'su to rediscover the lands they left behind.

The tulmutia tree is discovered in the shallow swamps of southwestern Tash'lor'ka. Incorporating its unique properties into a myriad of crafts, and recognizing both its usefulness and rarity, tulmutia­made goods would overfill the coffers of House Mora'tel for many years.

2 AF – The Feast of the Godslayer – The last of the human tribal warriors return to Hilbanjord. A great feast is held upon the sacred hill Morbren. There, Gos'rath, wielder of the spear Guth, is hailed as slayer of the Sun God (a title later contested by many) and he, along with his weapon, are consecrated in a seven day ceremony.

11 AF – The Elven Principate ­ After a ten year period of near anarchy and the ambitions of a corrupt and leaderless war machine left behind by the Empire, the surviving Elven Princes gather and reorganize High Elven society, forming the Elven Principate.

In it, a “Council of Elven Princes” would administer Elven society in a similar fashion to that of the old Empire. Each Prince is directly responsible for his own city or region (instead of all of the Princes collectively responsible for the whole, as with the Empire), answerable only the Council. The old port city of Tu'jul is recognized as the capital of the Principate and the halls of its scriptorium rebuilt into a meeting place for the Council.

29 AF – Mal'delya, partially destroyed by the Fall, is reinvigorated by an influx of refugees from Cahr and Old Cahr after the Kurun, unchecked, begin to infest the former island home of the Elves and attack the nearby island settlements.

33 AF – Mal'delya elects its first Prince, Halion Luth, after being integrated into the Principate.

60 AF – Decades after the destruction wrought by Gorbren Kelskar and his marauders, the Elves repopulate the Gelyu'sa region in significant number.

72 AF – The Great Conclave of Spirits and the Exile of House Syfalin: Wishing to consolidate their strength against a resurgent House Syfalin in the north, the Dark Elves of Telsus call together a great conclave. Over the course of sixteen days, working under the dome of a new but half built Temple of the Guiding Spirits (which gave the Conclave its name), the Durn'hala organized themselves for the future.

On the fourth day of the proceedings, diplomats of House Syfalin arrived, petitioning for right and recognition alongside the surviving houses of Mal'sumal. The diplomats reasoned that the Elves who followed Leer Syfalin and his descendants suffered greatly at the hands of the Second Empire and that the later collapse of the Veil proved as devastating as the loss of Mal'sumal. However, memories of Alan'sar and the Adala'kar did damage to the case of House Syfalin and they received less support than should have been.

Days of division and debate end with the denial of House Syfalin and exile of those that descended from his followers. On the sixteenth day, the Three Noble Houses of Atish'kar, Jun'selu, and Mora'tel are formally elected to rule over the Dark Elves of Telsus and its territories with a circle of “Noble Electors” chosen from each ruling Noble House.

Shamed and shunned by their kin, the Dark Elves of House Syfalin bear the grudge of the Conclave of Spirits to this day and do not forget it. And though it seemed right and prudent at the time, the power and corruption of the Selkeen was at work. It was not long before House Syfalin raised a new city, Tash'najahan “City of Stars”, and made war against their kin, to avenge the wrongs they perceived they had suffered.

82 AF – Elven communities spring up in the untamed region between the Leonus Peaks and the Wall of the World Mountains.

103 AF – High Elven envoys make peaceful contact is made with the Dwarven communities of the Wall of the World Mountains and goblin merchant vessels begin to arrive at Old Cahr.

118 AF – A “ghost fleet” of mysterious ships begins to terrorize the explorers and traders of Tun'dels Crossing. They are said to assail other vessels with crews of undead sailors and underwater monstrosities.

119-120 AF – The first order of Wardens, elite protectors of the Dark Elf royal personages, forms.

130 AF – The Dark Elves make diplomatic contact with the orcs in Ulugar and the goblins later that year.

154­158 AF – Carem's Landing and the New Arcanists – High Elf Prince of Tu'jul, Philas Carem, introduces a motion to the Council to launch a military expedition and reclaim the island of Old Elvenhome. His obvious ambition to resurrect the glory of the Empire is only contested by his brother, who is also Prince of Old Cahr and the communities of the Leonus Peaks, Tethyrion Carem. Quickly overruling Tethyrion in a fit of fervor, the Council makes preparations to return to the Golden Isle by way of Cahr then Ahrunel.

Philas and his expedition set sail in the summer of 155 AF, crossing the waters of the Crystal Fence and docking at Cahr. Here, contention arises, and it is ultimately decided to split the expedition in two. One part, wishing to immediately strike west and make landfall on the Golden Isle, leave Cahr with a majority of the fleet. They are led by the young Hunthas Luth, relative of Prince Halion of Mal'delya.

The second part, led by Prince Philas, stake out on foot to the port town of Ahrunel, there to meet with the remaining ships and cross onto the, reportedly, safer part of the island.

Hunthas and his part of the expedition meet with immediate disaster only days after reaching the island. Set upon by the never­before­seen long limbed monstrosities later called Garendors, much of the initial expedition becomes scattered and many more are lost in the confusion. Gathering what forces he can, Hunthas flees the landing area, eventually finding his way to the tower of Une'jul after losing contact with Phileas and his part of the fleet. Hunthas later returns to the Principate with a number of artifacts plundered from the arcane laboratories under Une'jul. Together with what few mages remain in Tu'jul, Hunthas revives Imperial arcane teaching and later helps in the founding of the arcane college in Mal'delya.

Philas and his part of the expedition penetrate as far inland as Greenway Pass before a combination of Kurun attacks and a mysterious sickness force them back to the coast. Carem's Landing is founded late in 158 and to this day remains the only permanent Elven settlement on the Golden Island.

184 AF – The first flagships of House Mora'tel and House Nebir (a minor house later responsible for pioneering trade with the human tribals of the north) land on the shores of Nira for the first time in almost eight hundred years. The enclave of Tima is built and envoys are sent to meet with several Dwarven lords.

190 AF – Human tribal raiders begin to raze the Elven communities north of Tu'jul and local militias, hard pressed, fail to protect many villages before the raiders are halted.

194 AF – A Dark Elven envoy is ambushed and held for ransom by Troll pirates near the mouth of Sorrows Mistress.

208 AF – An expedition launched by the ambitious Elven explorer, Ahtem'thas, to Une'jul ends with the disappearance of Ahtem'thas and the entirety of his mercenary force.

222 AF – A group of Dark Elf merchants, fleeing imprisonment by the feral orcs of the Great Expanse, take refuge in the halfling city of Glenea.

230 AF – Explorers of the minor House Laz'jan, returning to the now partially devastated tower complex of Caro, and encounter the four armed ape creatures called the Tu'ru. Despite its dark magics and savagery of the Tu'ru, Caro becomes a place of wonder and riches that would attract explorers, mercenaries, and adventurers for decades to come.

250-270 AF – The other races of Itaire begin to migrate to the Principate in ever increasing numbers.

282 AF – Diplomats of Noble House Mora'tel, representing the Dark Elves, first arrive in Tu'jul.

312 AF – The Grey Fever and the Long Watch - The Grey Desolation, an arcane wasteland created in the wake of the Sun God's death, begins to spread across Tash'lor'ka from its origin point in the southeast. An unknown sickness, undoubtedly magical in nature, afflicts and effectively exterminates many villages in the east and along the length of the Ky'mil river, even as far as the Shallows. Adil'sha, a councilor and lord of House Atish'kar spearheads the quarantine of the naval bases in the east and Telsus itself. Combined with assistance from the human shamans of the Drosh tribe, the spread of the Desolation is halted and the Grey Fever is contained.

Afterwards a small, but elite, corps of rangers forms called the Grey Guard. They regularly patrol the Desolation and call their duty the “Long Watch”. The Guard would cull and control the corrupted denizens of the Desolation and maintain the wards that contain both the spread of the Grey Fever and the Desolation itself.

313 AF – A band of Elven and Dwarven explorers survive the horrors of Mal'sashan long enough to extract the sword of the last prince of Parak'cai. It becomes highly sought after by traders and collectors all over Itaire.

367-370 AF – The Maldorn Crisis – The Maldorn family, an ancient and powerful bloodline, falls into dispute after a group of Dwarven saboteurs sack several fishing villages along the Gelyu'sa river and the patriarch of the Maldorn family, Adresen, is nearly killed. What follows is a brief war where the Maldorn family exercises its political muscle to draw the Council into a war against the Dwarven lords of Amerin and Pentalan Eske. Ultimately there was enough dissension amongst the the Princes to prevent an all out political catastrophe and draw the entirety of the Dwarven realm into war. Though there was little fighting, tensions between the Principate and many Dwarven lords remain tense to this day. A peace is signed in the opening months of 370.

401 AF – The fortunes of House Mora'tel become entangled in the power struggles of the Goblin Lords and their subjects.

404 AF – A fleet of mercenary ships sailing west in the Bay of Belfor and raiding the Greenway for artifacts observe a storm of dark and magical origin looming over the mountains west of Mal'sashan. This is later thought to have contributed to the disaster that created the Dry Fens.

430 AF – Prince of the northern reaches of the Principate, Dethevel Ryvan, wins a majority in the Council and the ancient fortress complex of Hel'manda is rebuilt and remanned. After centuries of abandonment, the old march along the Sandy Reach is again patrolled by Elven soldiers.

445 AF – A meeting of the Three Noble Houses nearly passes a motion to make war against the western Elves. However, it is ultimately rejected in favor of maintaining friendly relations with the Dai'junate of the orcs, who were in the midst of a cultural and military resurgence.

454-470 AF – The Iron Crusades – Late in 454, prospectors near Carem's Landing discover an old Imperial mining complex, formerly the largest in the western Empire. Famous for its deposits of Alaric Iron, rival factions amongst the Dwarves, Elves, Goblins, and Orcs, quickly flock to the mine. The next fifteen years are spent in bloody contest over the mines as merchant lords and other notable figures hire private armies to take control of the mines.

Having accumulated a wealth of Alaric weapons and crafts since occupying the ruins of the Empire, the Kurun of the northern reaches of the island become a target for the Crusaders as well. Indeed, during the first years of the Crusades, more wealth in Alaric Iron was gained from butchering the Kurun than mining for it.

Towards the end of 469, mercenaries under the High Elf Sab'rathal crush an alliance of orc and goblin warbands to take control of the Alaric mines. They later sell the complex to the Council of Elven Princes in 470.

499 AF – Arcanists and mages across the Principate and elsewhere on Itaire sense a magical disturbance emanating from Mal'sashan and the surrounding area. Sailors as far as Tun'dels Crossing report storms of black lightning over the ruined city that last for weeks.

510-540 AF – Dark Elf colonies are founded on the islands of the Ocean of Ah'su. They become essential in the defense and maintenance of the Dark Elf territories and are the constant target of tribal corsair attacks and troll pirate raids.

528 AF – The first High Elven trade fleet arrives In Telsus, the capital of the Dark Elves. There they are received by the merchants of Noble House Mora'tel.

560 AF – The Cult of Light – Originating on the fringes of the Principate, a small order comes forward, and begins to preach the inevitable return of the Sun God and the refounding the Elven Empire. Though the Cult is few in number and many pay them little or no heed, their attitudes would eventually spark a sentiment in the Council of a return to the expansionist policies of the First and Second Empire.

566 AF – The Durn'hala scholar and historian, Hebian of House Mirza, records and presents an account of his time spent amongst the many tribes of the humans and of a special audience with the Kagar during a stay in the orc Dai'junate. His observations would prove invaluable to the diplomats of Three Noble Houses in their foreign dealings for the next century.

587 AF – The Council of Princes unite their respective naval fleets, forming the “Princely Armada”. Actively patrolling the waters of the Crystal Fence and protecting the trade fleets of the Elves, the Princely Armada marks the maritime return of the High Elves since the time of the Second Empire.

604 AF – Enki are spotted after several miners go missing in the aftermath of a cave in near Telsus.

619 AF – Elven sailors discover a community of outcast halflings living in small, but hidden, communities across the Hayjek'teyr Islands. Xenophobic, cruel, and borderline feral, these halflings drive off any attempts to contact them.

620-680 AF – A time of restlessness settles amongst the Dark Elves and a great many depart their island home for the cities of Nira and Suran. Many ships came and went from Telsus in those days, such that the Ky'mil river could not contain it. The nearby island colony of Suza is expanded and later houses the largest naval base of the Durn'hala outside of Telsus.

646 AF – The Battle of Kulika Bay – After the powerful goblin warlord, Jezerel Ren, insults and dismisses Elven envoys in New Shale during trade negotiations, division marrs the Council immediately. Against Council wishes, the Prince of Old Cahr and the Leonus Territory, Keara Deis, leads part of the Princely Armada against Jezerel. Sharing command with her younger sister, Vasra, Keara meets Jezerel in a three day battle on both land and sea. Using a combination of destructive magics and technology never before seen, the Elves are driven back to the sea after the death of both Keara and Vasra.

Though the Elves were defeated, Jezerel lay weakened before his enemies. Having been unpopular since his ascension, the last of his few supporters abandon him in 647. Jezerel is eventually stripped of his status and imprisoned. After being released in 650, he is discovered dead in the swampy shallows outside of Baraw City only six months later, alone and penniless.

680 AF – An apologist movement arises in the High Elven Council, wishing to repent the ways of the old Empire, and redress the hurts perpetrated by their ancestors. The movement is symbolized by a feast held in Ulugar with Dai'jun Harabok and his governors

682-689 AF – War of the Fire King - Despite the momentum of the apologist movement and the supposedly reinvigorated friendship between the Principate the orc Dai'junate, war breaks out in the summer months of 682. After a wave of imperialist fervor sweeps through the Dai'junate, the armies of the Kagar reconquer much of the Great Expanse during the 670s, displacing the feral orcs and petty goblin warlords there. However when orc marauders, claiming allegiance with the Dai'jun, sack Elven caravans and harass trade enclaves along the coast of Suran, the Council is unanimous in its response.

After a failed, though meager, attempt at diplomacy, High Elven armies under the Council arrive in Suran and a bitter war ensues amongst the ruins of the Great Expanse. A network of shifting alliances with local goblin princes, bandit warlords, and feral tribes on both sides draws the war to a quick standstill.

In early 687, an orc arcanist, styling himself the “Fire King” and utilizing powerful elemental magic, defects to the Principate war effort. Following a scorched earth policy against his people, the Fire King single handedly gains a decisive victory against the Dai'junate in the mountain passes north of the Mataraan Territory, breaking the stalemate. Though the Elves would reverse the gains made by the Dai'junate in their earlier wars in the Expanse, they could not ultimately dislodge them entirely after a series of Elven defeats near Varuun Mol and the roads leading to the orc heartlands. A tenuous peace was eventually made after the disappearance of the Fire King in 688 and the death of the Dai'jun in 689.

698-701 AF – Sebreen's Folly and the Tower of the Moon - Sab'ensar, an ambitious noble of House Atish'kar, convinces his allies within Telsus to lead a military expedition against the dark powers of Mal'haka. He reasons that a place of such dread, and so close to the heart of Dark elf civilization, must not be allowed to exist, much less thrive. Many cast doubts on the motivation of Sab'ensar, citing his past association with the Selkeen of House Syfalin (Sab'ensar spent two years as a prisoner in Tash'najahan in his youth) and the apparent weakness of the eternal twilight cast over the City of the Dead (no creature had ever been seen to leave the confines of the collapsed Veil).

However just as many were eager to plumb the depths of the ancient and ruined city, knowing well that many powerful artifacts from Caro lay there. Though Sab'ensar was unsuccessful at first, word of his plans spread to Tima on the mainland and came to be heard by the peoples of Nira and later Suran. Soon he was joined by treasure seekers as far away as Otokn Zon and Ormendt in the north, and Ulugar in the south.

Then early in 701, raising the standard of House Atish'kar and at the head of a thousand mercenaries, Sab'ensar and those of his household invaded Mal'haka, to plunder the city of secrets and raze its tall sandstone spires to the ground.

Sab'ensar himself was found dead on the second day, somehow lured away from his camp and his broken body later discovered face down in a nearby stone fountain. His daughter, Sebreen, a renowned soldier not long returned from war in the Great Expanse, swiftly took control of the already wavering expedition. The invasion would carry on another three months. Less than a hundred would leave Mal'haka alive, many driven mad by their experience. Sebreen never returned. Many attribute the failure of the expedition to Sebreen, and the prestige of House Atish'kar was diminished.

However from what little could be found and learned, it became apparent that the collapsed Moonlit Veil was receding, its magic loosening. Many speculated that once the twilight over the City of the Dead had fully disappeared, its demonic and undead inhabitants would perish along with it. Just as many suggested that the Veil was actually a barrier keeping these monstrosities in. If the Veil were to fall (a process that seemed irreversible), then these same monsters would be free to roam the island.

In response, the leaders in Telsus commissioned the creation of an order of mages to watch over and study the weakening of the Moonlit Veil. A watchtower is repurposed and partially rebuilt as the Tower of the Moon, from where these “Moon Mages” would conduct their work.

712 AF ­ The Disaster at Laxon Pass ­ Alarmed by several hundred halfling refugees that flee their mountain homes from unknown monstrosities, an army, led by general Tordac, is sent to investigate. Here is first witnessed the conflict of the warped creatures known as the "Nightstalkers" with their predators, simply dubbed "Hunters". Ill informed and under prepared, Tordac's force suffers heavy casualties before retreating to Meriticia.

730 AF – A spat between adherents of House Jun'selu and High Elven envoys in Telsus nearly erupts into a full on brawl on the very bridge leading to the Royal Palace.

735-750 AF – The New Imperialists – After several minor victories against the Troll Pirate Kings in the east and a Dark Elf fleet over colonial possessions in the Ocean of Ah'su, the High Elven Principate enters a time of prosperity. New alliances with the Dwarven High King, the discovery of an unclaimed Alaric mine in the Leonus Peaks, and the expansion of Elven holdings in the seas near Nira all contribute to this.

Flush with wealth and a refound sense of nationalism, a faction, calling themselves the “New Imperialists”, arises within the Council, echoing many sentiments held by the Cult of Light, itself becoming powerful within high political circles.

759 AF – Enki begin to appear on the surface in significant number. A dark elven caravan traveling alongside the passes of Sek'puil disappears, with Enki marauders suspected.

760 AF – Arshya, a young acolyte serving in the Temple of the Guiding Spirits in Telsus, mysteriously flees the city with a small following. Stealing a docked transport vessel, he sails east across Tel Asz'Sel and is never heard from again.

765 AF – House Syfalin is found to be housing a number of Troll pirate captains and funding a number of their raids against Dark Elven colonial possessions in the west.

766 AF – Loren'lakha, an experienced diplomat and later Noble Elector of House Jun'selu, skillfully negotiates a peace after an incident in a Dwarven fishing village near Caran Naks briefly turns into a three way war against several Dwarven holds and a dozen Troll captains.

770 AF – High Elven prospectors, traders, and adventurers come to Tash'lor'ka in increasing number.

776 AF – The Dawn of Ascension