Melinarë (Highforest)
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Capitol: Astrakan (population: 44,000)
Population: 18,000 (85% Aeryn, 15% other)
Demi-humans: 1,237,000 (94% elves, 4% halflings, 2% gnomes)
Humanoids: none
Government: Monarchy (currently ruled by the Ekryie family)
Current Leader: King Generaf Ekryie (High-Elf; NG 18th level wizard\4th level aristocrat)
Coat of Arms: nine white stars above a white tree on a bright green field
Exports: timber, Kamerling wine, magic items, elixirs, elvish-crafts, artwork, cloth

Melinarë is the last of the three great Elf-realms that evolved from the First Age elvish civilization of Ectharë. The elves that inhabit the Melinar Forest are called the High-Elves or ‘Melynn,’ and make up the largest and most powerful elvish nation on Corwyn. In fact this woodland realm is sometimes called Highforest by outsiders as a nickname, for its High-Elvish heritage. Few outsiders are allowed within the great forest, and most trade is done along the coasts, or in specific elvish cities located near the fringes of the forest. The High-Elves are seen by many as arrogant and stubborn, and sometimes even resented by both humans and dwarves. This attitude comes with the great age of elvish society, who naturally sees itself as superior to all other races, as Corwyn was first explored and cultivated by elves alone. To protect the forest realm, the Elf-king can muster over 75,000 elvish warriors in time of war.

Life & Society

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The High-Elves of Melinarë are a quiet, introspective folk that love artwork, crafts, reading and writing. The High-Elves delight in making items of wondrous quality with wood, clay, and metal. Their skills at the creation of weapons are superb, surpassed only by the elvish mastery of armor. It is here that the long kept secret of elvish chain mail is still kept. Elvish armor smiths are true masters of their craft, making suits of elvish chain that give a +1 bonus over all other suits of chain mail made by humans. For a suit to be made to fit another race is very rare indeed and these fine suits can cost thousands of gold pieces, and are only owned by royalty or the wealthiest merchant lords. The elves live a quite life in harmony with nature deep within their beloved forest. They are not as friendly as the Wood-Elves, and not quite as aloof as their Grey Elf cousins either. Most High-Elves have a love of nature and despise the creatures and dark sorcery of the East. On many occasions they have come forth out of their forest realm to fight alongside the races of men and dwarves against the tyranny of the East.

Major Geographic Features


The entire Elf-realm of Melinarë is made up of the Melinar Forest, the largest woodland on the continent of Corwyn. Within the gigantic woodlands are broad hills and deep valleys, flowing streams, and small open grasslands. But the overwhelming foliage that covers the region doesn’t allow for other vegetation. All manner of trees are found here, notably the rare elvish Thanatäe trees, from which the elves brew the sap into Kamerling, giant Silverwoods as tall as three hundred feet, and entire groves of the rare Nacera Root. It is this abundance of both magical and non-magical trees that give this region its real distinction over other woodlands.

Important Sites


Astrakan: (population: 40,000) capitol and largest city of the High-Elves of Melinarë, located deep within the Melinar Forest. The city is surrounded by a natural barrier of trees and ferns that are impregnable to elvish foes.

Chambrai: (population: 17,000) small elvish seaport in southern Melinarë.

Dhäelhar: (population: 9,000) small border city between Melinarë and Alveron.

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Forest Road: road of green moss and pebbles made by the High-Elves to connect the cities of Dhäelhar, Astrakan and Ashara.

Queyenvalë: (population: 8,000) elvish city in the southern region of the Melinar Forest. This city is to the Synfari, and all arcane study of elvish magic and its. The entire city rests above the surface within the trees themselves.

Silvany: (population: 22,000) large elvish city and seaport, located on the southwestern border of the Melinar Forest.

Silvar Road: A road of green moss and pebbles made by the High-Elves to connect the cities of Silvany, Astrakan, and Queyenvalë.

Local History

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When the elves of Ectharë controlled much of the continent, they built several great cities; in the south they built Astrakan, the ‘Circle of Trees.’ This region was to be the center of their southern power. When Ectharë was destroyed following the War of Wrath, the southern elves, later called the High-Elves, created Melinarë, and went deep into their forest sanctuary to escape the madness of the world around them. The city of Astrakan became the capitol of this forest realm, under the ruler ship of the Elf-King Meleraf Ekryie, who had been both a great warrior of Ectharë and a hero of the War of Wrath. Under the rule of King Meleraf, the High-Elves of Melinarë soon prospered and grew strong, under the guiding principle that all elves would abstain from the affairs of men, and the politics of the outside world. The High-Elves did not involve themselves in the affairs of men, save for few occasions. In 1283/4, Melinarë entered the War of Annexation to stop the Mad-King Gayorg from tearing apart the Heartlands, and fought in the War of the Pretender which saw Alokkair slain in 1297/4. The High-Elves did not involve themselves again until the rise of Sorimmar during the period of the Ravinian Empire. The High-Elves were forced to end their self-imposed exile and join with the other races to save Corwyn from Sorimmar. Indeed, the elvish armies played an important role in defeating Sorimmar during the War of the Cataclysm. During the Sixth Age, the High-Elves again withdrew until the War of Crows. When Sorimmar’s orc hordes invaded the West in 670/6, the High-Elves of Melinarë fought alongside their dwarf and human allies once again. In 674/6, King Eltheraf of Melinarë was slain in the Battle of Krell in which Sorimmar was defeated and driven out of the West. His son, Generaf, assumed the throne in Astrakan, and has ruled ever since. Over the last six centuries, the High-Elves of Melinarë have become a power to be reckoned with. Their exports of elvish crafts and magical items have made them wealthy and feared. Although the elves do not love money as the dwarves do, they have enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing their wares traded all over the continent and the fame that has come along with it. King Generaf has ruled the Elf-realm for over 600 years and of late has taken a strong position on the defense of the West against Sorimmar. Generaf urged the other kingdoms of the West to unite and destroy Sorimmar many years ago, for his hatred of the Dark Lord has burned ever bright over the death of his father at his hands. Over the last century, the High-Elves have become disillusioned with the allies, who to them seem to have short memories regarding the evil powers dwelling in the East.

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