Many ages ago, the fires of war threatened to consume the world of Angor. In the spring of the seventy-third year of Noriko, ambassadors from the kingdom of Corsica ventured into the dwarven kingdom of Ebriosus bringing good will and good wine. The long winter had brought trade from the south to a grinding halt. Those few merchants who made their way into the northern land had driven their prices to nightmarish highs and Corsica’s economy had suffered greatly. Seeking aid from the rich dwarves, the humans appealed to the dwarves’ avarice and pride. As they laid out their plans to improve infrastructure they were sure to point out opening new trade routes could only inflate the dwarven market and leave the rest of Angor indebted to their kind.
However, one of the ambassadors beheld the troves possessed of their dwarven neighbors and acted on his impulses. The man secretly seized a private collection of precious gems- commanding his retainers and guard to begin smuggling it back to his estate in Ebriosus. However, the dwarves were not so slow as to miss their wealth being spirited off. If nothing else can be said of the dwarves, it’s that they despite thieves; the ambassador and his men were put to death and the only news that reached the desperate emperor of Corsica was that bringers of his will had been executed.
A writ declaring war on the dwarves was signed within the hour the news fell on his ears… and the world suffered.
The gnomes were eager to prove their ingenuity and wasted no time in rallying behind their subterranean cousins. The technological boost granted them was sure to spell doom to humanity… were it not for the bridges the dwarves had long ago burnt.
The dwarves had made enemies of many races- gnolls, goblins and orcs; all were eager to throw themselves in the campaign against their bitter enemies. Still, Corsica had other allies in their efforts. In the aftermath of the Wars of Man, Corsica had signed treaties with Treser, Van and Pergamos. The human lands gave themselves to their brothers in Corsica and fought together against the dwarven scourge.
The kender remained true to their race and acted in the most perplexing way possible- openly playing both sides terribly, they seemed oblivious to the notion that their less-than-subtle nature fooled neither group.
Only the elves refused to become involved. Angyai, Ekade, Ikash, Omim and Ustam- five forests across Angor and each one a kingdom ruled by the elves. In the time of madness, only the elves seemed to think clearly. Their own ambassadors went out to all the nations, seeking a peaceful resolution. As their efforts were spurned so too did the elves spurn the rest of the world. They withdrew into their treetop kingdoms… and into total neutrality.
Ekade was the first to be destroyed. Bordering the Ebriosus Mountains, nestled in the western hook of the range, the kingdom was ravaged for her resources. In their non-aggression, the elves had become the fuel that feed the fires of war and the refugees began traveling southward, towards their neighbors in Ikash. When they arrived, they found their cousins from Omim already huddled there- having been destroyed themselves, by Corsica. News carried on the back of owls told that Ustam had taken solace in Angyai.
The Border Wars had seen much of the elves’ territory usurped from them- land they claimed had been theirs since the dawn of creation. In the upheaval created by the humans and the dwarves, the elven kingdoms had been shattered…
Under a single banner, the elves flew from their foliage fortresses and struck at the world. It had taken the humans and dwarves decades to shatter the world in the Border Wars; it had taken the elves less than a year to conquer it all.
By the end, the elves had done more than conquer- they had enslaved. The humans were bonded as their servants while the dwarves retreated to their mountain stronghold. The gnomes hardly disappointed their intellect; they were quick to change sides and ally themselves with the strongest force. The orcish tribes, which possessed a long-standing feud with the elven clans, shattered and became nomadic and more ferocious. The kender, whom neither the dwarves or humans paid much attention to throughout the war, were of even less interest to the elves… but tolerated none the less.
The elder of Angyai, Nightbreeze Hildegarn, was installed as the mayoid- the liege lord who ruled the feudal realm. Each of the warlords who helped him secure such an empire was given a fiefdom in exchange for their allegiance; the heritable, revenue-producing land in exchange for on-call military duties. The word of these warlords, the snough, is law as they answer only to the mayoid himself.
Angor had entered the Age of Elves.