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VII. The Rebuilding (25,000 - 20,000 years ago)
VIII. The Dhe'nar Empire (20,000 years ago to present)
IX. The Dhe'nar in Recent Times (150 years ago to present)
Appendix A: The Dhe'nar Psyche

VII. The Rebuilding (25,000 - 20,000 years ago)

Within the rubble of the fallen city, the Dhe'nar survivors found the entrance to Shialos du S'karli. They committed the information in the books to memory, reciting the verses over and over so that they could pass the information down through the generations, that it would never be lost again.

Realizing their true heritage, once again the Dhe'nar begin to rebuild. The Great Mountain and the maze of caverns underneath become their home. Because of their small numbers, they developed the stealth and merciless raiding parties that later became a hallmark of their society. They learned to take slaves to augment the worker caste. Slowly the government was restored to power, this time with a group, the Obsidian Council, to guide the way.

Under new rule and with renewed vigor and sense of purpose, the Dhe'nar rebuilt their homeland, and grew in power and purpose. To this day the Dhe'nar remain undefeated in battle, and they have never forgotten what Noi'sho'rah taught them, or the promises they make to themselves each day.

The Dhe'nar walk with power.

VIII. The Dhe'nar Empire (20,000 years ago to present)

The Dhe'nar continued to expand their empire, conquering nearby villages of humans and dwarves and taking prisoners to use as slaves. The Dhe'nar temple ensured that the bloodlines were kept pure by placing restrictions on breeding, making sure that each child was pure and powerful, lest it be sacrificed for the good of the Dhe'nar. Pride grew stronger than ever in the Dhe'nar people, and the belief that the other races were inferior took a stronger hold among the Dhe'nar. They believed that they were the true children of the Arkati, destined to the same power possessed by the ancient gods. Each caste developed more power and worked to further themselves to the same goals.

The selection process for finding priests and magi became the backbone of the Dhe'nar society. Each potential member underwent scrutinizing and occasionally deadly tests in a process to determine who was worthy of the two castes.

IX. The Dhe'nar in Recent Times (150 years ago to present)

About one-hundred-fifty years ago, the first Dhe'nar were seen in Wehnimer's Landing. Many thought them to be either Faendryl or simply renegades. In time, the people of Wehnimer's Landing found this to be far from the truth. While most Dhe'nar had learned the common tongue, and some the elven tongue, and made contact with the other races, it was easy to see that the Dhe'nar people stuck together. They were, and are, a tight-knit group that has an established structure very similar to the far-away government in Sharath, the Forest of Ash.

Appendix A: The Dhe'nar Psyche

The Dhe'nar view the split of the elves into the seven separate Houses to be the downfall of the elves from the very beginning. To them, unity and the practice of Arkati self-enlightenment are the goals to which everyone must stride to achieve. They believe the bickering and quarreling among the elven houses is petty, and refuse to take any part in it or the political games it creates. When the Dhe'nar left the elven nation, they left forever, believing the others to have betrayed the Arkatis' teachings. The Dhe'nar have no emotion or pity for the other elves, nor do they admit they have anything to do with the remaining six elven Houses.

The Dhe'nar believe that Noi'sho'rah was a true prophet, and that he now dwells with the Arkati. Noi'sho'rah taught them that the elves are the children of the Arkati, and as a child strives to become as its parents, the Dhe'nar strive to become as the Arkati. Much like the elves, however, the Dhe'nar do not view the Arkati so much as "gods" or "celestial beings" but more as role models for what they themselves can achieve. Unlike the elves of the six noble Houses, however, the Dhe'nar believe they can become as powerful as the Arkati. They do not see the Arkati as different or better, only more powerful, thus Dhe'nar bow to no "god". Their religion is not one of worship; instead it is one of self-perfection, not so much as an individual, but as a race in whole; the ultimate goal being to achieve power over all things.

Over 50,000 years of hardship have scarred the Dhe'nar, forging and twisting their ancient beliefs into what they are now. They are an elitist race. Time has convinced them that the other races are inferior; nothing more than pawns to be used to their own ends. The Dhe'nar have long been hunters, survivalists, and warriors. 50,000 years of fighting for survival has taken its toll on the Dhe'nar psyche, however. The Dhe'nar at battle are a gruesome sight. They seem to want to torture and punish their prey, savoring the pain they inflict which each kill.

The Dhe'nar do not believe in the concept of "good" and "evil". They believe in survival, they believe in power. They hold true to the philosophy, "to be strong is to survive, to be weak is to perish". It is to be noted that simple survival is not enough for the Dhe'nar, thus they constantly strive to better themselves in their quest for power. This belief is shared with the great Drakes of ancient times, and has long endured. While history is very important, a Dhe'nar scholar does not waste time brooding over such concepts like good and evil or spend their days asking "why", but rather they ask "how".




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