Elvandar

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Elvandar is a fictional nation on Midkemia, a world created by a fantasy role-playing group and popularized by Raymond E. Feist. It is home to most of the elves remaining on Midkemia. It is located north of the Duchy of Crydee in the Kingdom of the Isles. The entire nation is one great forest. This nation is ruled by Queen Aglaranna and Prince Consort Tomas with their advisors.

History[edit]

Before the Chaos Wars, the elves were one race, as slaves under the Dragon Lords. The elves who tended the fields and forests were the precursors to the modern-day eledhel, while the elves who served their masters were the ancestors to the moredhel. The Eldar, wisest and most powerful of the elves, served as loremasters and keepers of treasures plundered by the Dragon Lords. They were presumed to have perished with their masters.

There are few differences between eledhel and the moredhel. They are most distinct in their ways of thinking. On the rare occasion that a moredhel turns away from his ways, an event known as Returning, and reaches the eledhel he is considered one of them. For an outsider, from that moment on the moredhel is eledhel.

When the Dragon Lords were defeated by the new gods of Midkemia, Ashen-Shugar freed the elves from their slavery and bid them to pursue their own destiny amidst the new races, humans and dwarves, which came to Midkemia during the Chaos Wars. The eledhel removed themselves to the forest-city of Elvandar seeking to forge their own destiny with the lesser races. The moredhel, long influenced by their masters' aggression, sought to regain the former grandeur of their masters by collecting relics and weapons of the Dragon Lords. The glamredhel, much like the eledhel, also aimed to control their own fate, though in a more warlike manner. To that end they constructed two mighty city-fortresses, Sar-Isbandia (called Armengar by the humans) and Sar-Sargoth. The glamredhel were later driven to near extinction in a massive genocidal war by the moredhel, who took their city-fortresses.

When a rift was established between Midkemia and Kelewan, it was found that the Eldar had survived the Chaos Wars and lived under the frozen ice of Kelewan in another forest-city. The Eldar returned to Midkemia and now live in Elvandar under Queen Aglaranna's rule.

During the Great Uprising of the moredhel, the last of the glamredhel were found living in the Edder forest. The glamredhel were told of Elvandar, and they travelled there to join with their eledhel kin. Their king, Earanorn, now is one of Queen Aglaranna's advisors. He has named Aglaranna's son, Calin, as his heir to bring both races of elves under one ruler in the future.

The ocedhel are elves who originally lived on Novindus. During the SerpentWar, most of them were killed; however a few survived and came to live in Elvandar. The one characteristic that separates them from other elves is the fact that they had forgotten the elven language.