A Primer for Elven Characters on the Knights of Noromath
This is a primer to allow those unfamiliar with the Knights of Noromath campaign to have a chance to learn about the elves of Noromath.
Elven History is Long far too long to encount for the entirety in detail in this primer. So this will focus on the history and regions that are relevant to the setting.
The elves arrive on Abeir-Toril before the Sundering, and started competing for territory with the Dragons who ruled the world back then. Over the coming forty millenia the elves fight amongst themselves and against dragons causing an entire race of elves to fall and parts of the Seldarine to be banished. The Elven Highmages cause the Sundering of the world when they pull a part of their Home plane into Abeir-Toril with High magic causing the fabric of reality to shatter and shunt the Abeir part of Abeir-Toril into a demiplane of its own, never to be seen again. In more recent times the elves are facing problems of fertility; children are rare and are becoming rarer by the century. Humans are breeding and expanding into old Elven realms causing discussion of how to solve the human problem.
In the Year 261 DR the Coronal of then Cormanthor renamed the elven City to Myth Drannor ordered the erection of the Mythal and opened the City up to N´Tel´Quessir, those Not of the people. This caused an uproar and rebellion.
The rebellion was brought to the Court of Cormanthor by Lord Speaker Llombaerth Starym and many nobles lost their lives before the conflict was ended by the Coronal, the Srinshee and Elminster Aumar.
Many elves from several elven tribes and city states came to Myth drannor to join in the celebrations of the opening to meet with humans and other non-elves.
In the year 708 the Weeping War began. This lead to the fall of Myth drannor in 714; out of the three thousand trapped in the city when the siege began only two hundred survived and they fled south into the Wealdath and became the Elmanesse tribe.
The Elven Retreat
In 1344 the Elven court of Cormanthor decided that the elves would retreat back to Evermeet and nine tenths of the Elves in -Cormanthor- left the forest and went to Evermeet or Evereska. This retreat would last most of the remaining century. Why the retreat ultimately ends could be a point of contention but a factor that definitely plays a huge part is the attacks on Evermeet by Drow leading the Coronal of Evermeet to potentially realize that perhaps outside help is a good thing...
Tribes of the Wealdath
The Wealdath is Home to two Tribes of Elves; first come the Native Suldusk, a tribe of Wild Elves that reside mostly within the Tethyrian Duchy of Durmista neighbouring Noromath.
Then, the Elmanesse, considered an immigrant tribe, who come from the Fall of Myth Drannor which reside mostly Within the Duchy of Noromath and consists mostly of Wood and Moon elves. Just about all elves of the Elmanesse are born in the wealdath and have known no other home and are the descendants of the 200 survivors of the fall of Myth Drannor.
Both tribes serve the local Coronal of Suldanessellar, queen Ellesime however Wealdath Elves in human territories know that the Dukes of both Durmista and Noromath are Elven envoys from the Coronal to the Human court and would do little to disrupt this fragile yet important peace between the humans and the elves, some because doing so would be betraying one of their own and some because doing so would be harming the relations with the humans.
The Duke of Noromath is the Envoy of the Elmanesse Allain "Foxfire" Kevanarial and Bowlord to the human Queen of Tethyr, Zaranda Star Rhindaun.
The Duke of neighboring Durmista is an envoy of the Suldusk named Mirthal Aendryr
Common races of the Wealdath
Wild Elves (Suldusk Tribe)
Wood Elves (Elmanesse Tribe)
Moon Elves (Elmanesse Tribe)
Uncommon races in the wealdath
Rare races of Wealdath
Sun Elves (survivors since the Fall of Myth Drannor and maybe perhaps one or two born in the forest all members of the Elmanesse)
Elves from Abroad
Elves traveling to Tethyr in general and Noromath in particular might have many different reasons. An elven man being named Duke by a Human queen to rule over human and elven lands is a curious thing. Especially for the Elves coming out of the Retreat.
For elves wanting to reclaim ancient elven realms there are rumors of an ancient Mythal having been uncovered in the Wealdath. Perhaps it hold ancient secrets from the earliest times of elves on Abeir-Toril.
Some elves seem to come to tethyr thinking that this might be a good place to start a new elven tribe unaware that the wealdath is indeed already settled and ruled by an elven Coronal.
Elven society is arranged in city states no world encompassing government for Elves exist.
Responsibility earns respect. The highest responsibility is that of Coronal. Then the council of elven mages serving the Coronal. These might or might not be actual Elven Highmages. You have the court of House Nobles who consists of the House leaders. Each elven house is governed by a house leader and his council of house nobles. Under them are the house scions, favoured members of the house and lastly the house members. each house consists of several families and in some houses the competition amongst families for power over the house is fierce. Amongst Drow this is especially true.
Another factor that earns respect in Elven society is Age. elves of the Venerable age are all treated with respect and used as advisors for their sheer volume of knowledge and wisdom overshadows that of younger elves.
Elven crime is rare but when elves do step out of line the punishmetns can be harsh. Death is often favoured to imprisonment. Banishment to death the harshest type of banishment is to be turned into N’Tel’Quessir and then turned away from the elven realm never to be allowed back.
Bladesingers have mastered the art of magic with the art of swordplay in an unique mix. They trace their lineage back to the court of cormanthor and Myth Drannor where bladesingers served as coronal guards.
Bladesingers are a diverse lot. Some organise in a master apprentice system where any larger organisations are abhorrent to them while on Evermeet and in Evereska there exists Knightly orders consisting solely of Bladesingers and those who learn bladesong as a compliment to their other martial or magical skills.
Arcane archers are to the Bow What Bladesingers are to the Sword. Arcane archers can be found everywhere archers can be found in Elven society.
Worship of both Eldath and Silvanus was very popular among those living near and within the borders of the forest, even among the elves and some elven wizards venerate both Corellon and Mystra. Seeing how closely related elves are to the Weave it is no surprise that some elves Worship Mystra as a part of the Seldarine. Only the most Hardcore traditionalists harking back to the opening of Myth Drannor would have any real objections to this. The similarities between Sehanine Moonbow and Selune make it so that some young elves use the names as if naming the same deity under two different names, furthermore some sages even claim that that are the one and the same! Naturally the thought of humans and elves sharing deities is anathema to those who would see the two races kept as separate as possible. Milil the god of bards and songs is a deity who walk between the Faerunian pantheon and the Seldarine and is considered equally a part of both. Those who would know say that it is impossible to define Milil as either Elf or Human seeing as he never takes corporal form but instead manifests as music or a radiance around bards.
The following deities accepts Elven specialty priests even if they don't belong to the Seldarine; The Nature Deities, Istishia, Kossuth, Shar, Selune, Sune, Torm, Lurue, Nobanion (wood elf only) and Sharess.
The elven pantheon are the deities who came with the original settlers from the elven homelands. In faerun the Seldarine has weakened considerably compared to the Faerunian Pantheon if this is the cause for or caused by the fact that more and more elves are opening up to revering and worshipping the gods of the faerunian pantheon.
That said Corellon is still a very powerful deity in faerun and as the God of Elven magic and mages he has a friendly relationship with Mystra.
The major gods of the Seldarine are:
- Aerdrie Faenya, primary deity of the avariel.
- Angharradh, Corellon's consort, second of the pantheon and primary deity of the moon elves (made up of the other goddesses Aerdrie Faenya, Hanali Selanil and Sehanine Moonbow).
- Corellon Larethian, "First of the Seldarine," leader of the pantheon and primary deity of the sun elves and star elves in the Forgotten Realms.
- Deep Sashelas, primary deity of the aquatic elves.
- Erevan Ilesere, trickster god.
- Fenmarel Mestarine, primary deity of feral elves.
- Hanali Celanil, love goddess.
- Labelas Enoreth, philosopher god.
- Rillifane Rallathil, god of nature.
- Sehanine Moonbow, death goddess and moon goddess and patron goddess of moon elves.
- Shevarash, a demipower, risen mortal and god of vengeance and retribution.
- Solonor Thelandira, god of hunting.
Due to their decision to follow Lolth into darkness, the dark elves of Faerun were cursed by the Seldarine with a dusky appearance and banished to the subterranean realm of the Underdark where they subsequently conquered all the territories they entered. Their bizarre and evil race is has diverged meaningfully from the elves of the surface and the presence of the strange radiation of the Faerz’ress has further twisted their people and given them a resistance to spells.
The Eldreth Veluuthra
This intolerant and violent group of elves may number no more than a few hundred, but their opposition to humankind and hatred of half-elves makes their motives suspect by those of good alignment.
The Eldreth veluuthra subscribe to an Aggressive and Extreme form of Isolationism where they have come to the conclusion the the solution to the “human problem” is total annihilation of anything N´Tel´Quessir and they are willing to go to any length to achieve this.
Some say that the Eldreth Veluuthra was created in 261 DR in Myth Drannor.
Goals for Elven Characters
Protagonists might want to help the Duke in his affairs. Perhaps seek to serve the council under the duke and try to make a tenuous relationship between elves and humans better by sowing trust and cooperation between elves and other races.
Perhaps even gain political influence in tethyr, well knowing that this is a hard and nigh impossible task as the racial conflicts between the humans and the elves run deep.
Antagonists might work for a elven society free of human influence. They will likely adhere to isolationist ideals and court the mentality of the Eldreth Veluuthra. Perhaps they will actively try to sabotage the attempts by protagonists elves by sowing distrust and dissent amongst the demihuman population. Some might even go so far as to strike directly at protagonists elves.
Rumors amongst the Local elves of the Wealdath
Speech of a hidden city amongst the trees a long lost elven settlement dating back so far in history that no one really knows how old it is. Whispers of Myth Rynn follow these rumors.
Another disconcerting report is the rise of an Arch-devil in the forest. These reports date back nearly half a century.