The elves once lived lives dedicated to venerating nature and the gods, but that changed when the conflicts of immortals destroyed their civilization and split a proud and powerful race into two factions. Now, only the "High Elves" remain, haughty technologists with a strong tradition of isolation.
Though humans are the driving force of the federation, the high elves' historical and magical knowledge make them the caretakers of culture for the entire world. Only the baraka know more about the past, and the elves are quick to point out any perceived discrepancies in Highwatch's records.
Though the blood of elven soldiers bought their seat at the Valkyon Federation table, many among the other races do not trust them, believing the walls of Allemantheia conceal many secrets, and the elves never gave up their conquering ways.
Masters of Manipulation
High elves rarely ask for personal assistance, choosing to couch their requests as being for the good of all. This leads to some impressive conversational gymnastics—especially when both parties are elves!
The high elves have an inexhaustible source of power at the heart of their city, and can tap into it from anywhere in the world to replenish their MP or teleport home to Allemantheia.
A hundred years ago, the high elves invaded the human territory of Essenia. After three thousand years of conquest, a force of allied races dealt the mighty high elf armies a devastating loss. After this rebuke, the elves withdrew from the world for a century of seclusion that only ended when the gates of Allemantheia opened to refugees fleeing the argon invasion, and the army of the elves marched north to fight for the lives of all mortal races.
High Elves Today
Today the other races view elves with cautious optimism—within living memory they were at war with nearly everyone, yet their commitment to the Valkyon Federation is heartfelt and real. It is now the core of their very lives and their ancient culture—each elf is expected to represent the entire race in their new philosophy of "forward, together and strong."
Capital City: Allemantheia
The elven city Allemantheia lies like a jeweled oasis at the center of the desert of Southern Shara. Three soaring gates admit travelers to the public levels, where many visitors stare open-mouthed at its gilded architecture. To most eyes, there is no city more beautiful—even the human capital of Velika is plain by comparison.