The Synfari
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Ancient, powerful council of wizards, originally made up of a group of Elder-Elves from Eryn Norvë, who sailed across the Wyn Myr to Corwyn in the First Age and brought the knowledge of magic to the continent. The First leader of the Synfari was Finarfen

ORIGINS


The history of the Synfari dates back to the First Age, when they counseled Elegheron Alessarë; the first Elven King of Ectharë. The Synfari council later bargained with the race of dwarves to build three great stone cities for the Elder-Elves: Elutheria, Saravôsh, and Selunë. The elves learned much of stone-crafting from the dwarves and paid them handsomely for their efforts.

ESTABLISHMENT OF ECTHARË

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The Synfari were first put to the test in the War of the Dragons. The council used their magical powers to defeat Calegorax and his armies. After the defeat of the dragons, the Elves were the undisputed masters of the continent. The Synfari first discovered that Mount Orendren was the magical epicenter of Corwyn. The elves built a large fortress into the base of the mountain to study and harness the potent magical energies derived from the heart of the mountain. This fortress built by the Synfari was called Erôn-Mystarë; the "Castle of the Elements."

BETRAYAL OF THE DWARVES


It was this same council that later insulted the dwarves by refusing them the gift of magic, beginning a long history of enmity between the races. The Synfari feared that allowing the secret of magic to be learned by other races was dangerous. When the race of dwarves asked for the use of magic in their desperate wars against the goblins and orcs, the Synfari refused them. This caused bitterness and resentment between the races that has endured to this day.

ROLE IN THE WAR OF WRATH


The next great test for the Synfari came in the War of Wrath. The war began when an ambitious elvish priestess named Lorynäe Anarivon attempted to usurp the elvish throne of Ectharë. She murdered Elf-king Starion Alessarë and tried to take the Eternal Throne of Ectharë for herself. Her elvish and human followers then battled with elvish loyalists in the West for many centuries; the elves who rebelled became known as the Drothë; or "Dark-Elves." The Synfari soon realized that the Dark-Elves were breeding a race of half-elves called the Gauth, for use as soldiers and slaves. The Synfari became desperate. When they learned that the Dark-Elves were passing on their knowledge of magic to the race of eastern men. The Synfari responded by establishing the first use of mages among western men, whose own magical powers were used with ever-increasing magnitude. The Synfari could not call upon the dwarves for help, for they had insulted them earlier. Instead, the Synfari turned to the fledgling race of men. Men were given the power of magic in return for military service in the war against the Dark-Elves. This decision was to have profound consequences.

FOUNDING THE COUNCIL OF SORCERË


Upon granting the race of man the power of arcane magic, the Synfari taught the lesson that the use of magic must be controlled and regulated. The Synfari helped create a council of human wizards, much like the Synfari Council. The Synfari council had Thirteen members, whereas the newly established Council of Sorcerë would have only nine members. The Synfari gave control of the fortress of Erôn-Mystarë to the Council of Sorcerë Shortly thereafter, the Synfari council went into hiding.

THE SUNDERING


It must be remembered that around this same time, many cataclysmic events were shaping the Continent of Corwyn. The War of Wrath finally came to an end 1541/2 at the Battle of Grôn, but the greatest of all elven heroes, Elf-king Talarion Brightstar was slain. Ectharë collapsed and broke into three smaller Elven realms; Wyntharë far to the west, Melinarë in the south, and Thekarë in the north. The Synfari council was broken at this time as well. This event was called "the Sundering" by the elves. The Synfari members hid themselves away in seclusion at scattered sites across the continent in three small enclaves; Starfall in the Vesarivon Forest, Eryn Verdë in the Silvarwood, and Queyenvalë in the Melinar Forest.

WITHDRAWAL FROM CORWYN

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After the Sundering, the renaming Synfari members became increasingly aloof and mysterious. The Elf council now dwells in the beautiful elvish city of Queyenvalë, deep within the Melinar Forest. The lesser Synfari members are part of a secretive order of mages in elvish society. All elvish mages and sorcerers are considered members of this elite and secretive group. It is said that some Grey-Elf members of the Synfari also dwell in the mystical forest enclave of Antharë, within the city of Starfall. But most Synfari boarded ships and returned to Eryn Norvë long ago.