War of Wrath
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Commonly called the "Elvish Civil War;" the War of Wrath was a brutal, thousand-year conflict that lasted from 537-1541/2 and caused the complete destruction of both the Silvar-Elf realm of Ectharë and the Dark-Elf realm of Drotharë.


Origins
The war began when an ambitious elvish priestess named Lorynäe Anarivon attempted to usurp the Eternal Throne of Ectharë, by murdering the Elven-king Starion Alessarë. Her elvish followers then battled with elvish loyalists in the West for nearly a thousand years. The elves who rebelled against Ectharë became known as the Drothë; or "Dark-Elves." For many years the elven loyalists were led by Starion’s son; King Ismelian, who swore vengeance for his father’s murder and to eradicate the, so-called,”Dark-Elves” from the Continent of Corwyn.

Refusal from the Dwarves
During the early years of the War, the Silvar-Elves were desperate for aid. They sent emissaries to the leaders of both the Deep-Dwarves and the Red-Dwarves , but to no avail. The dwarves refused to take any part in this war, despite the pleas from the elves. The dwarves were still bitter over the Synfari's earlier refusal to grant them the gift of Magic, and that bitterness caused them to refuse to help their elven neighbors. This refusal both hurt and angered the ancient elves, and caused a permanent mistrust and mutual disdain between the two races that has persisted to this very day.

Battle of Saravôsh
Over the next several centuries, Ismelian’s elvish army won many victories against the Dark-Elves. The Drow were pushed further and further into the East, until the Elder-Elves finally began their long siege of the Drow capitol city of Saravôsh. The Siege lasted for over 100 years, with thousands killed on both sides. As more and more of the defenders fell in battle against the vastly superior forces of Ectharë, Lorynäe and the other leaders of Drotharë realized they were being defeated.

When they realized victory was impossible; the Dark-Elves devised a final, desperate plan. Lorynäe ordered most of her followers to quietly leave the city, through hidden portals leading underground; then, once Ismelian’s army breached the city walls, the Dark-Elves set off a “doomsday” device. This device was actually a tremendous magical explosion like nothing ever seen before.

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Just as the army of Silvar-elves stormed the city, the fanatical rear-guard of the Dark-Elves set off the magical explosion; something they knew would kill them as well as their enemies. When the explosion was triggered, it destroyed the entire city of Saravôsh in a flash, as well as both elven armies. Sadly, King Ismelian was vaporized along with all his warriors. Luckily, his son Talarion was not present or he would have been slain as well. This massive magical explosion had many unforeseen consequences. First, a huge chasm was created in the ground that came to be called Grôn. Another effect of the explosion was the “Ashfall;” a poisoning of the air and ground in the East that lasted for centuries. A third effect was the “Taint;” a sickness that affected all living things that remained in the East. The Taint primarily affected the Dark-Elves; their hair turned white, their skin turned black, and they could no longer tolerate sunlight. Their appearance has remained this way up until the present day.

Creation of the Gauth
Even after the terrible tragedy of Saravôsh, the War was not over. Both sides re-grouped and prepared their next moves. The Silvar-Elves; now led by Talarion “Brightstar” Alessarë, launched new military campaigns farther east to capture more Drow territory. The Dark-Elves responded by breeding an entire race of hybrid elf-human soldiers called the “Gauth.” These Gauth were similar in appearance to the Drow, and were capable fighters and magic-users. The Silvar soon learned the bitter lesson that the Gauth could be just as cruel and treacherous foes as their Drow masters. These Gauth legions took a frightful toll on the elven armies, whose soldiers were already weary from centuries of fighting.

Battle of Grôn
Largely due to the heroics of Talarion Brightstar, the Silvar-Elves eventually gained the upper hand in the war. It is said that Talarion fought in a hundred battles and won every single one. As their legions of Drow, Gauth, and Orc soldiers were decimated, the Dark-Elven leadership began a fighting retreat underground.

The Drow made their last stand at the very crater that they had created by blowing up the city of Saravôsh. This epic campaign became known as the battle of the Grôn Chasm. Here, the Dark-Elves and their allies fought a fanatical rear-guard action, while the great majority of the Drow made their way safely down into the chasm.

During one of the final skirmishes, King Talarion himself was slain in a Drow ambush. Shortly afterward, the surviving Dark-Elves fled underground forever and their Gauth and orc minions were scattered across the lands pf eastern Corwyn. With Talarion slain, the Silvar-Elves were exhausted and demoralized; they had no will to pursue the Drow any further. Therefore, after a thousand years of bitter fighting, hostilities finally ended.

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LEGACIES OF THE WAR


The War of Wrath shattered the Continent of Corwyn forever; permanently altering whole civilizations, races, and even its geography. Today, many of these effects are still felt thousands of years later. The legacies of the War of Wrath are listed below.

The Sundering
One tragic effect of War of Wrath was the “Sundering;” the division of the elvish race on Corwyn into three smaller elvish sub-races, each of which had their own homeland. After the death of Talarion Brightstar, the Silvar-Elves began to quarrel among themselves. These quarrels ultimately led to the collapse of the elven nation of Ectharë and a three-way division of the Silvar. The Elder-Elves broke into the three major sub-races of elves known on Corwyn today. These three groups were: The Grey-Elves; who founded Wyntharë, the High-Elves; who founded Melinarë, and the Wood-Elves; who founded Thekarë.

The Taint
Another effect of the War of Wrath was the “Taint.” The magical explosion unleashed by the Drow on Saravôsh blotted out the sun for many years, and poisoned the very soil of the East. It caused both the Drow and the Gauth races to transform into their present-day appearance, and that affliction has remained to the present day. Today, even humans of Adari ethnicity are affected with its symptoms.

Rise of Alokkair
Another effect of the war was the rise of Alokkair; one of the great enemies of the West. Alokkair was himself a Gauth sorcerer who served the Dark-Elves for many years. When they were defeated, Alokkair and the other surviving Gauth were scattered across eastern Corwyn. As a result, Alokkair swore revenge upon the elves and the other peoples of the West who had defeated and humiliated his Drow masters. He and his followers would continue to cause carnage and destruction for the next two Ages on Corwyn.