Flag of the Atmer Empire
|Type of Goverment||Absolute Monarchy|
|Head of State||Finubar Seafarer|
|Secondary Leaders||Teclis Aestarion|
|Location||Ulthuan centric, but colonies throughout the world.|
|Races, and Ethnicity||High Elves, with a small amount of Sindar Elves in the forests|
The Atmer Empire is a very large Empire of the High Elves located amongst the island of Ulthuan and spreading throughout a multitude of colonies spread throughout the World. The Atmer Empire was once the largest Empire of the world in terms of power, but its strength was sapped after it went through a period of nearly constant civil wars, wars, diseases, and losses of land.
The Atmer Empire is dominated by the Elves of which constitute some ninety nine percent of the population of the Empire. Amongst this population it is relatively homogenuous in that the population is nearly completely High Elven following the Exodus of the Sindar Elves, and the Civil War which drove away the Dark Elves. The High Elves while once being massively numerous have spent centuries attempting to rebuild their population but they have stagnated due to a nearly constant warfare that has wracked the island of Ulthuan.
The High Elves have a large pantheon, worshipping and praising the Cadai and trying to appease the Cytharai. This large Pantheon exists in an official status and is celebrated by basically every member of the Atmer Empire. The Cadai rule over the heavens and are the sect of Elven gods who represent the positive aspects of the world and of nature. They are mainly worshipped by the High Elves and Wood Elves, while the Dark Elves seem to all but ignore them. The Cytharai rule the Mirai, the Underworld. The High Elves largely shun them and pay homage, trying to appease them. While small shrines exist in Ulthuan there are no priesthoods to serve them. The Dark Elves worship them openly and the cult of Khaine is by far the most prominent and powerful religion in Naggaroth.
The High Elves of the Atmer Empire are ruled by the twin thrones of the Phoenix King (Chosen by the Council of Princes) and the Everqueen, the marriage between which symbolises the twin nature of the Elven psyche. It is this overlording power that controls the overall direction of the High Elves on Ulthuan.
The Atmer Empire relies upon trade for its external economy and in oder to continue this they have maintained the most powerful navy in the world for centures, and their ships can be found in the major ports of the entire world. Their wares are in high demand for their skill, and recently they have allowed for an increased amount of imports from the other ordered nations of the world into their port of Tol-Eressea.
The High Elves became an Empire in the form of the Atmer Empire following the creation of the Elves, and they were placed on the island of Ulthuan by their Titan Lords. On Ulthuan they dominated for generations until the Titans lost in their civil war and the forces of Chaos invaded the world of Earth. During this war the forces of the High Elves would be left near destruction but in the end they would be victorious and this would lead into their dominating period of Golden Age. During their golden age the High Elves would expand out and become truly mighty in terms of every scale that defines a great Empire. Their fall would occur from within when they suffered a series of devestating wars of which begin with the War of Vengeance with the Dwarves, and then led to the Sundering of which led to the creation of the Dark Elves and from that point on an enemy that would forever be against the High Elves. With their population and colonies all but gone the High Elves suffered two last moments of destruction and loss when they first watched the exodus of the Sindar Elves which diminshed their internal strength and left them all alone on the island of Ulthuan that was once home to many different kinds of Elves. Following this they were forced to watch as their largest colony of Tail Vena taken over by the Sindar Elf (one could easily argue he is a Dark Elf) Illidan Stormrage and from this the creation of yet another hybrid of the Elves in the Satyr. Following this loss the High Elves have pulled back into their fortresses and are putting all of their weight behind the actual fortification, and growth amongst the places they have left.
Main Article : Ulthuan
- "Though our fair homeland is beset on all sides, we shall resist, as our forefathers did before us. In these dark times, as our tainted brethren ravage our shores, we stand defiant and shall emerge victorious. For we are the Asur, the true kin of Aenarion, and Ulthuan shall never fall".
- -Prine Tyrion, Defender of Ulthuan
Ulthuan is the ancestoral homeland of the Elven Race, located in the center of the Atlantic ocean. Once the center of the Planet wide Elven Kingdom it is now the center of the High Elven Kingdom. The island is in the form of a crescent, with a sheltered inner sea accessible only through the Straights of Lothern. Within the center of the island lies the Island of the dead where the mages who saved the world during the First War with Chaos are still trapped.
Main Article : Timeline of the Atmer Empire
See Also : Timeline of the Elves
First War with Chaos
Main Article : First War with Chaos
| First War with Chaos|
One moment we were recovering from the Eternity War, and the next we were fighting the Gods themselves. Our gods had gone mad, and there was seemingly no end in sight.
In the beginning of High Elf recorded history, the Elves were one race and dwelt in many separate kingdoms on Ulthuan. When the warp gates at the planet's poles failed and the stuff of chaos spilled into the world, daemons and other creatures began preying upon the early Elves. A great hero Aenarion, later called The Defender arose and forged an alliance between the rival Elven states. United, the Elves drove back the creatures of Chaos and Aenarion was crowned the first Pheonix King, taking Astarielle as his Everqueen. After a time, the minions of Chaos invaded again, this time with corrupted human followers. A host of daemons invaded Avelorn and slew the Everqueen and, it was believed, Aenarion's two children. Aenarion fell deeply in love with Morathi and from their union she later bore Malekith, of whom would cause great destruction and death later on in life. However, maddened by his losses and the attacks on his people, Aenarion drew the Sword of Khaine and led the Elven host to war. Aenarion won a titanic battle and managed to plunge the sword back into the Altar of Khaine before he died. His sacrifice bought time for Caledor Dragontamer to enact his plan to drain the Chaos energy away from the world.
Seeing that the ongoing battles against the forces of Chaos could only end in defeat, Caledor Dragontamer called the greatest of the High Elf mages together. They devised a plan to create a vortex that would drain the magic flooding in through the shattered polar gate from the world. Choosing the Isle of the Dead as the site for the centre of the vortex, the mages assembled there and started their incantations. Sensing the scale of what was being attempted, the forces of Chaos started to converge on the island to halt the proceedings, and Aenarion was forced to assemble his armies to protect the mages. Aenarion fought three massive Battles and as he received word that the spell was nearing completion the largest Demonic force yet seen attacked his forces at Ty Rania and it was here that Aenarion would fight a desperate last stand. Aenarion engaged the greatest of the Greater Daemons of Chaos during the battle, and although he was victorious both he and his dragon, Indraugnir, were mortally wounded. Ever faithful, Indraugnir flew the dying Aenarion north to the Blighted Isle so that he could drive the curséd sword back into the altar whence it came. Aenarion then passed into legend.
First War with Chaos
Unfortunately, the energy required was so great (despite the Slann in Lustria lending their powers to the effort) that it caused the entrapment inside the Vortex of all the High mages (Including Caledor) of Ulthuan, while Aenarion gave his life buying time (battling a great Chaos war host) for the plan to succeed. The plan eventually created the "Vortex" on the Isle of The Dead at the centre of Ulthuan which drains magical energy from the world. However the plan was only partially successful, while the Chaos energy is drained away, it continues to spill from the Realm of Chaos and it particularly high in concentration in the Chaos Wastes. And as if some horrible joke of the gods, for their success Caledor and the rest of the mages were trapped inside the vortex, not dying but suffering a fate worse then death, eternal imprisonment.
Coruption of Malekith
See Also : Malekith
After having a series of victories against the Chaos forces he was beaten by a chaos demi god who captured him and took him in chains to the northern Chaos Wastes. Malekith would be left in a cage for decades as he watched the horrifying nature of the surrounding areas of the Chaos Wastes, but his elven nature meant he wasn't corupted as easily as a human would have been. As decades past the Dark Chaos God Slanaash finally revealed himself as the creater of the plot to capture him, and Slanaash would spend decades whispering to Malekith, and finally after decades of coruption the prince of Ulthuan fell to Slanaash's control. Not knowing that he was curupted Malekith would be given the chance to escape, and believing he had fought his way out of the wastes he returned to Ulthuan where there were parades, and great celebrations that the son of Aenarion had returned. While he felt fine, his coruption meant that he would be possessed by Slanaash and this led to him slowly corupting his mother Morathi while he knew nothing about it. As his mother fell into darkness, he returned to travelling the world as he had before in search of glory, and biding his time waiting for his turn as Pheonix king which ceremony dictated would be his.
- "The Elf had no idea that he was lost. He believed in his arrogance that he had outwitted a god."
As he travelled the world again gaining glorly and wealth his younger brother Caledor who was born to a different mother then his own would become very popular in the courts of Ulthuan, and this popularity was leading to talk of him being named the next Pheonix King. Thus when his father did die he was beyond shocked that he was passed over, and he became easy prey to his mother of whom was the leader of the Cult of Pleasure and a growing number of the new Dark Elves. His coruption was a simple matter as Slanaash already had ahold of him, and thus he returned to Ulthuan and bid his brother give him more power or else. His brother was a prideful elf and was insulted that Malekith would bid him to do anything, and thus insulted Malekith by making him lord of the Island of Bones. The island was the smallest holding that gave the title of prince, and was beyond insulting and thus Malekith left Ulthuan and returned to France where he fought against Trollocs and gained more fame after founding several cities, and fortifying the Elven holdings in France. Returning to Ulthuan a second time wanting more power his brother was forced into giving him something real, but still chose to insult Malekith by giving him the weakest of the real provinces when he gave him Lordship of Nord America. This was the last straw for Malekith who outwardly accepted this but inside he wanted his brother dead, and he wanted the throne.
The Rise of the Numenorians
| The First of the Numenorians|
I remember when the first of your people started showing up. The Cult of Pleasure used your ancestors as sex slaves with Elven males. You were created in some ways by the tricks and menipulation of Chaos.
It wasn't until the rise of Elros Amendil that the Numenorians began to get the idea of taking the island over completely. Elros Amendil the son of Nilaeth Windrunner of whom was a prominent member of the Windrunner Family used his mothers influence to finance the arming of his forces and using this power he rose quickly in the ranks of the Atlantians of whom were already becoming too much for the overstretched Elves to handle. After many years of fighting it was Elros and his forces that gained control of the capital city of the Kingdom of Atlantis and it was this act that finally forced the Atmer Empire to direct their attention to the Numenorian issue with Pheonix King Tethlis Finarfin rallying a large army and sailing to Atlantis. At the Battle of Ninandamos the forces of Elros Amendil would be secretly joined by the noble titans Woglinde and Ares of whom gathered to them hundreds of their personal forces and tipped the battle leading to the death of Tethlis Finarfin and after Tethlis's son was taken prisoner during the battle he would be forced to sign a peace treaty with the Numenorians of whom were also given their independence. Having been given their freedom through blood Elros would officially break from the Atmer Empire when he founded the Empire of Numeron and proclaimed that they would take over the mantle of power left behind by the Atmer Empire.
Rise of the Pantheon
It would be Poseidan that would join with Ares and Woglinde in assisting the early Numenorians in their rise, and during this time Poseidan came to befriend Elros Amendil the first Emperor of Numeron and this led to him becoming instrumental in the creation of the Atlantian Pantheon which he believed would save the Numenorian people and make them the true power of the Earth. It would be Indus would join the forces of Ares following the death of Mindus and imprisonment of Erbag and would use his abilities to fashion the shield that would protect the Numenorian Pantheon from the affects of coruption and other illnesses making them all but immortal.
The Elven Civil War
Main Article : Elven Civil War
| The Elven Civil War|
We had survived the destruction of our home from demons. Gods had tried to destroy us. It was only ourselves who could truly end us.
According to birthright, Malekith, son of the first Phoenix King Aenarion a member of the House of Aestarion, and an Elven enchantress called Morathi born of the House of Beren, was the rightful successor to the throne of Ulthuan. But when Aenarion Aestarion died, the ruling Council of Princes decided that Malekith was too impetuous and warlike, as Aenarion had led the Elves through a great war and the population was extremely weary of conflict. Declaring that Malekith was not fit to rule, they selected another to sit on the throne - Bel Shanaar Elwe the prince of Tiranoc, a member of the House of Elwe, and a hero of the war. Malekith was instead given the rank of High General and supreme commander of the armies. This suited him well, as he was an outstanding warrior and peerless general, just as his father was. During his time in the army he wandered the globe, and with his mother's guidance, started experimenting with Dark Magic. After some time, Malekith became discontent. In his mind the Elves must be a warlike people to face the ever-growing menace from the forces of Chaos. He became increasingly critical of the Princes, who grew soft and complacent under the protection of his armies. Worse yet, the Cult of Pleasure, a society of poets and artists, founded by Morathi herself, turned out to be a Cult of Slanaash. Their practices were taking root in Elf society, being particularly strong in Nagarythe. Upon hearing of this, Malekith took personal command of the investigation and used this power to eliminate his political enemies, accusing them falsely of being cultists and executing them without trial.
It was then that Malekith saw his chance to seize his birthright. He claimed Bel-Shanaar was a worshipper of Slaanesh. Soon after the accusation, Bel-Shanaar died of poisoning. Those loyal to the Council accused Malekith of assassination. Those loyal to Malekith claimed Bel-Shanaar committed suicide out of shame. The argument between Malekith and the Council of Princes turned violent, and Malekith and his followers killed most of the Princes, claiming to save Ulthuan. Now the Council was destroyed, Malekith had only to pass through the Sacred Fire of Asuryan, king of the Elven Gods. He stepped forwards, confident he would pass the ordeal just as his father did. Yet the Sacred Flame burned him, scarring him horrifically. His followers claimed treachery - that the fires must have been corrupted by magic to reject even the rightful heir. They fled back to the province of Nagarythe, and in confusion over the death of their king and council, the High Elves (comprised of the other Kingdoms of Ulthuan, and a small body of resistance in Nagarythe which would later become the Shadow Warriors) did not pursue. Near death, Malekith was taken to one of his mother's temples. His body had healed sufficiently, but his mind was destroyed beyond repair and he had gone insane. He knew of the need to lead his followers into battle against the High Elves, but also knew his withered body would not survive the battle. Morathi called upon Hotek, a renegade priest of Vaul, to forge the Armour of Midnight, a suit of armour that would give life and strength to Malekith's flame-ravaged body. The armour fused directly to his skin, forming a sorcerous shell granting him immense supernatural powers. From that day forth, Malekith was known as the "Witch King", for he truly had become a figure of dread. Once healed, Malekith was consumed with a bitter hatred for those who has resisted him . He summoned those Elves who were loyal to him to aid him in taking the throne by force. This included a large part of the standing military, most of his home province of Nagarythe and many other Elves throughout Ulthuan who believed in Malekith's cause.
War of the Beards
Main Article : War of Vengeance
- "Before the War of Vengeance the Dwarves and High Elves had what seemed to be inexhaustible armies. The War of Vengeance showed how wrong that thought was."
The War of Vengeance was a massive conflict between the expanding High Elf Empire , and the Dwarven Empire of Karak Ankor. The conflict centered in France but it spread as far east as the World Edge Mountains in Croatia. The conflict was started by the enemies of the High Elves in the Dark Elves, who began raiding groups of Dwarven traders and framing the murders on the High Elves. This led to the arrogant Pheonix King at the time to treat the Dwarves with less then the respect they had usually gotten as a great ally of the High Elves. The two sides could never agree on a means to end the conflict and because of this they would wage war on eachother. The conflict ended when the Dark Elves launched their invasion of Ulthuan and the High Elves were forced to retreat from Europe. The war itself would lead to the utter exhaustion of both races, and lead to their steep downfalls after this war.
Third Elven Civil War
Main Article : Third Elven Civil War
Second Atmer Invasion of Nord America
Following the assassination of Aethis Finarfin, and the subsequent defeat of the Second Cult of Pleasure rebellion on Ulthuan by the new Pheonix King Morvael Haleth the forces of the Atmer Empire would launch a massive invasion of the Druchii in Nord America targeting Clar Karond for destruction.
| The Second Battle of Clar Karond|
Even in defeat Reliana there is good. One day you will see that your version of this world is not right.
Second Battle of Clar Karond
The besieged city of Clar Karond continued to hold out, but the siege would end when the full strength of the Druchii would arrive led by Malekith Beren the Witch King himself and in a titanic battle the Elves and Dark Elves fought for the outcome of the entire invasion. Following the Elven defeat at Clar Karond most of their army lay dead or had been taken prisoner with only thirty percent of the army able to retreat under the command of Morvael Haleth back to Arnheim where they awaited the counter attack of the Druchii. Among those captured was one of the top generals of the army in the form of Fimben Haleth of whom was the nephew of the Pheonix King Morvael Haleth and his capture by Reliana Dagorth would lead to a centuries long series of events far more reaching then the battle itself.
Invasion of Ulthuan
Following the Atmer defeat the forces of the Druchii led by Malekith launch a massive invasion of Ulthuan which leads to the fall of much of northern Ulthuan, until the appointment of Menethus Aestarion led to the several disastrous defeats for the Druchii. So costly was this war that before the final Battle of Anlec the emotionally devastated Phoenix King Morvael Haleth committed suicide believing the High Elves would lose the battle, but despite this they won victory driving the Druchii from Ulthuan.
The High Elves of the Atmer Empire are ruled by the twin thrones of the Phoenix King (Chosen by the Council of Princes) and the Everqueen, the marriage between which symbolises the twin nature of the Elven psyche. It is this overlording power that controls the overall direction of the High Elves on Ulthuan.
The Phoenix King
The Phoenix King is the commander of the armies of Ulthuan and determines the level of engagement with the world at large. The election of a new Phoenix King is for obvious reasons a political decision of the highest possible importance. As far as it is known the election seems to be similar to the way the Electors choose the new Emperor in The Empire. Upon the death a king the High Elf princes gather at the shrine of Asuryan, located on the Island of the Flame, to select his successor. Reputation, achievements, the power and influence of the realm of the prince in question are important factors in pair with intrigue, agreements and compromise. The military situation, in particular the war against the Dark Elves, will also influence if a warlike or a peaceful ruler is chosen. Afterwards the new king-to-be must pass through the Sacred Flame, figuratively a final test of Asuryan. During his reign the Phoenix King will hold a ritual year-long marriage to the Everqueen in order to conceive a daughter. Afterwards both rulers may have other consorts and children of these consorts, but only their daughter may become the new Everqueen
See Also : Finubar Seafarer
Finubar Aestarion the "Seafarer" is the Phoenix King of the High Elves, and the husband of Alerielle Aestarion the Everqueen of the High Elves. Finubar and Alerielle have two children in Teclis, and Tyrion of which his son Tyrion is an extremely powerful Magi that many point to as the most powerful Magi of the elven race, while his son Teclis is the major commander of the High Elven Empire and has become widely known for this reputation.
Finubar Seafarer was the oldest child of his father who at that point was a high ranking commander of the current Pheonix King of Ulthuan and from this it was seen by many that he might be in line for the next Pheonix King of the High Elves. During his youth and growth he became a skilled captain of a fleet of High Elven ships of which he used to travel throughout the High Elven colonies and pushed the agenda of his Pheonix King of whome he became increasingly close too. Through this closeness he became a leading diplomat of the High Elves and fell into a pathway of going back and forth between Ulthuan, and western Europe where he grew very popular amongst the Dwarves for his kindness and thoughtfullness towards them. Finubar Seafarer was already famous for his voyages to Europe before being elected by the princes of the High Elves.
Historical Phoenix Kings
|Aenarion Aestarion||House of Aestarion||-4745 to -4705|
|Bel Shanaar Melian||House of Melian||-4702 to -3490|
|Malekith Beren||House of Beren||-3490 to -3470|
|Caledor Elwe||House of Elwe||-3470 to -3410|
|Caledor Elwe II.||House of Elwe||-3410 to -3218|
|Caradryl Finarfin||House of Finarfin||-3218 to 3190|
|Tethlis Finarfin||House of Finarfin||-3190 to -3160|
|Tethlis Finarfin II.||House of Finarfin||-3160 to -3158|
|Bel Khordrashis Melian III.||House of Melian||-3158 to -3129|
|Aethis Finarfin||House of Finarfin||-3128 to -2550|
|Morvael Haleth||House of Haleth||-2550 to -2525|
|Bel Hathor Melian||House of Melian||-2525 to -1826|
|Finubar Aestarion||House of Aestarion||-1826 to Current|
The Everqueen of Ulthuan is the consort of the Phoenix King and co-ruler of the High Elves. The current Everqueen is Alarielle, chosen by Finubar Seafarer at the start of his reign. Unlike the Phoenix King the Everqueen is not an elected position but is hereditary, and is such is for life, meaning that it is theoretically possible for an Everqueen to last through multiple Phoenix Kings. But it is also worth noting that only the legitimate daughter of an Everqueen and a Phoenix King can be an Everqueen meaning that the queen of Avelorn has always been the queen of Ulthuan stretching back to the dawn of the High Elven empire and beyond.
The Everqueen acts as a foil to the Phoenix King both culturally and politically. Her concerns deal with the spiritual and cultural welfare of the High Elves, focusing on domestic issues like art, religion, or fertility. Much of her position is ceremonial in nature, as the Everqueen often performs ancient rites to ensure the health of Ulthuan. She's also a powerful mage being the high priestess of the elven mother goddesss; Isha. Unlike other magic-users in the Warhammer World however, her power deals with healing and purity, harkening back to a time when the elves used their magic for creation instead of war when Chaos was only a whisper. As a living memory of this lost utopia, the Everqueen's touch alone can banish daemons.
See Also : Alerielle Aestarion
Alerielle Aestarion is the current Everqueen of the High Elves, and as well is the wife of the Phoenix King and mother of Tyrion, and Teclis Aestarion. Finubar and Alerielle have two children in Teclis, and Tyrion of which his son Tyrion is an extremely powerful Magi that many point to as the most powerful Magi of the elven race, while his son Teclis is the major commander of the High Elven Empire and has become widely known for this reputation.
Alerielle was born shortly before the Sundering, and because of this she was not present for much of what many in Ulthuan saw as the coruption of the High Elves. She watched helplessely as the Everqueen at the time was butchered during the Sundering and following this she was forced into a more active role in the High Elven war effort. Because she is naive to this fact, she has attempted to bridge the gap between the Sindar Elves, and the High Elves in the hope that they can all work together again. This has led to her on numerous occasions visiting the Sindar Forest of High Forest, and at the same time this has forced the Elves to continue relations with both the Kingdom of Umbar, and the Kingom of Gondor. In these two relationships the Everqueen is forced to continuesly balance the needs of the two sides. Alerielle Aestarion makes her debut in the story when she meets with the Lucernians in Ravenna alongside her husband Finubar Aestarion in order to discuss an alliance between the two. Alerielle travels with a large entourage to the forest of Quel'Thalas where she meets with the royalty of the forest in order for her to try and work out peace between the Lothlorian Elven factions. She remains for a time but is pained by the fall of the Lothlorian elves of the land, and is forced
Provinces of the Atmer Empire
|Realm of Galkland||Araana Loreorin||Northern Europe||200,000+|
|Realm of Cothique||Tuor Feanor II.||Northern Ulthuan||600,000+|
|Realm of Eataine||Finubar Aestarion||Southern Ulthuan||1,400,000+|
|Realm of Caledor|
|Ream of Ellyrion||Maeglin Ellyrion||Northern Ulthuan||700,000+|
|Realm of Avelorn||Aethis Elwe II.||Northern Ulthuan||450,000+|
|Realm of Saphery||Argon Haleth II.||Eastern Ulthuan||200,000+|
|Realm of Chrace||Aethis Finarfin III.||Northern Ulthuan||450,000+|
|Realm of Tiranoc||Bel Shanaar Melian IV.||Western Ulthuan||500,000+|
|Realm of Nagarythe||Maegolin Alaitoc II.||Northern Ulthuan||
|Realm of Yvresse||Alaeth Ulthwe IV.||Eastern Ulthuan||150,000+|
Main Article : High Elves
The High Elves are a sub-sect of the Elven race that live on the ancestoral Elven Homeland of Ulthuan. The High Elves are the most civilized and ordered of the High Elven branches, and they have become the most industrialized section of the Elven population. Their population is utterly centered around the Atmer Empire and from here they make their main homes amongst the lands of Ulthuan.
Population of Atmer Empire
Most Populous Cities
|Elendil||First Emmisary of Atmer in the Kingdom of Lucerne||The Highest Attache to the Kingdom of Lucerne.||New Avelon|
|Erutaeh||Diplomat in the Laurelorn Forest||The Highest Attache to the Forest of Laurelorn||Laurelorn Forest|
Main Article : Eltharin
Eltharin is the ancient language of the Elves. Eltharin was developed many millennia ago in a time when humans where still uttering primitive grunts and were yet to develop written language. In a similar manner to Khazalid the language of the Dwarfs, it has remained almost unchanged for thousands of years, however unlike Khazalid, several variations of Eltharin are spoken by the different Elven kindreds. Eltharin is a divided language and several dialects are spoken by the various Elven kindreds. Though all these originated in Eltharin, some are so drastically different (being greatly changed by their isolation from Eltharin) that they could almost be called separate languages in their own right.
Lesser-known amongst the Elven languages is Anoqeyån, an ancient tongue used solely to shape the Winds of Magic into powerful spells, and is believed to be the closest surviving mortal language to the words spoken by the Old Ones. Eltharin in its many forms, is believed to have evolved from this powerful language, made simpler, more fluid and lyrical, and given mortal uses. Similarly, Eltharin forms the base for the primary human 'arcane language', the Lingua Praestantia, which was developed by Loremaster Teclis when he founded the Colleges of Magic.
High Elven Music
It is without question that the elves have a high value on the art of music. Their songs are renowned throughout the world as some of the fairest creations ever to have been forged, even though only elves can understand and comprehend them. While humans and halflings and dwarves and the like might use words to convey a message in a song, the elves use the tones and pitches to instill the emotion unto the listeners. It is through this distinct method that the elven beauty is presented, and it is almost eerie and unearthly to anyone else who might hear it, yet so much that it is strikingly fascinating. Song is also a way for the elves to clear their mind of emotion – a form of self-expression to free themselves of the tensions of their lives.
For instruments, elves primarily use their own voices – being musical in their very nature. They also favor the sounds of the harp and the horn, as well as a flute. In some of the outer kingdoms particularly, a drum will be favored, providing a monotonous beat, which helps to enhance the particular emotion expressed in the song.
High Elven Literature
It is perceived that the basis of elven literature is poetry. In general, the nature of the poems are more philosophical, rather than emotional. It is also thought that the High Elves do not usually write their poems down. This is because of supremeness of the moment in which they are written. It describes the world as it was at that very moment – and yet between the second it takes it bring that moment to the next, the world can have changed completely.
The poetry written by the elves can vary in theme, especially by the location of the kingdom, and the beliefs that are harbored there. In places of former splendor, like Caledor and Tiranoc, poems might be more comparable to epic proportion, where they tell of some great hero of old, or the glory of the golden age. However, somewhere like Lothern might see a more wide variety of themes, as the quick-paced nature of the city-state tends to lead it to new extents brought in by the commotion of the world trade.
In Saphery in particular, however, poetry takes a different meaning. The Swordmasters of Hoeth tend to use poetry to sharpen their minds and harness its skill. They desire to reach a state of precision with the quill, saying much while saying little. However, half the challenge to perceive these abstract concepts is to decipher the dual meaning behind the words – as the very language of the Asur consists of multiple values.
Despite this great emphasis on poetry, elves have been known to write manuscripts. These, however, like their poems, tend to concern ideas more commonly than feelings, as well as be a historical novel about occurrences. Most fiction written by the elves is seldom done out of imagination for little purpose – but more so to create a world that entertains the reader while conveying some idea to them that the author wishes to share, thus enhancing the quality of the read and creating a system of value based on how well the message is conveyed through this particular setting.
Main Article : Elven Pantheon
The High Elves have a large pantheon, worshipping and praising the Cadai and trying to appease the Cytharai. This large Pantheon exists in an official status and is celebrated by basically every member of the Atmer Empire, while in Druchi the religion is tolerated by the overal goverment who are worshipping Khaine of whom is actually Slanaash. The Cadai rule over the heavens and are the sect of Elven gods who represent the positive aspects of the world and of nature. They are mainly worshipped by the High Elves and Wood Elves, while the Dark Elves seem to all but ignore them. The Cytharai rule the Mirai, the Underworld. The High Elves largely shun them and pay homage, trying to appease them. While small shrines exist in Ulthuan there are no priesthoods to serve them. The Dark Elves worship them openly and the cult of Khaine is by far the most prominent and powerful religion in Naggaroth.