Ectharë was the first of the ancient civilizations of Corwyn, founded by the race of Elder-Elves.

Ectharë was founded in 306/1 under the Elf-king Elegheron Alessarë of House of Alessarë, which soon became a veritable paradise for the elves.

The ancient Elder-Elves sailed west across the Wyn Myr from Eryn Norvë and founded their first civilization on the shores the Continent of Corwyn.

Soon, the Elder-Elves befriended the noble race of dragons which roamed freely throughout Corwyn at that time.

Once the Elves finished their exploration of Corwyn, they began to build great cities, notably the Elf-capitol of Elutheria in the west, the Elven city of Saravôsh in the east, and the twin citadels of Therakan in the north and Astrakan in the south.

For centuries the Elder-Elves dwelt in peace on Corwyn, until an evil dragon-lord named Calegorax sought to conquer them and learn their magical secrets. The dragon lord Calegorax was eventually defeated in the War of the Dragons, and Ectharë went on to prosper for many centuries.

However, this time of peace and prosperity for the Elder-Elves was not to last. In the year 572/2, Lorynäe Anarivon; a powerful and influential elven priestess, murdered King Starion and attempted to steal the Eternal Throne for herself.

The Elvish Civil War that followed came to be known as the War of Wrath, and lasted for over 1,000 years. The elves that followed Lorynäe came to be called the Dark-Elves, the elves that stayed loyal were known as the Silvar-Elves.

In desperation, the Silvar-Elves asked the race of dwarves for aid against the Dark-Elves, but since they had earlier denied them the gift of magic, the dwarves refused to assist the elves. This refusal caused bitterness and enmity between the races that still exists today.

The War of Wrath saw the creation of a new breed of half-men called the Gauth, whose capacity for evil and treachery was rivaled only by their Dark-Elf masters. The war also caused the entire eastern half of Corwyn to be devastated in a cataclysmic magical explosion after the Battle of Saravôsh.

During this terrible battle the city of Saravôsh was completely destroyed, both elvish armies were wiped out, and the Elf-King Ismelian Alessarë slain. All that remained was an enormous crater in the ground known as the Grôn Chasm.

After Saravôsh, came the terrible century of "Ashfall." During this period, the appearance of the Dark-Elves began to change; their skin turned black, their hair turned white, and they could no longer tolerate direct sunlight. Soon after the "Taint," the Dark-Elves began to migrate underground.

But before they left they unleashed such an assault upon Ectharë that the Elf-realm was utterly destroyed, including the elvish capitol of Elutheria. This final assault by the Dark-Elves was met by the greatest of elvish heroes; King Talarion Brightstar, the son of Ismelian and grandson of Starion.


Talarion, his elvish army, and their human allies eventually drove the last of the Dark-Elves back toward the great chasm of Grôn, where there was a final terrible battle which finally drove the Dark-Elves below the surface of Corwyn forever.

Talarion, the last Elf-king of Ectharë was slain in this battle and his folk scattered. Because of the death of Talarion, the Silvar-Elves eventually broke into three separate civilizations; Thekarë, in the north, became the home of the Wood-Elves and was ruled by King Ectharion Liëflynne. Melinarë, in the south, became the home of the High-Elves, and was ruled by King Meleraf Ekryie. Wyntharë, in the west, became the home of the Grey-Elves, and was ruled by Queen Ariel Alessarë.

After 6,263 years, the great Elf-realm of Ectharë was destroyed and the Second Age of Corwyn came to an end. Some sages say that it was the curse of Calegorax 1,500 years earlier that had come to pass, but no one knows for sure.

The emblem of the Elf-realm of Ectharë was a golden tree, surrounded by a ring of nine golden stars upon a pure white field.