The History of the Sylvan Elves
Nevishrim (ca. -22,460 to -15,490)
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sylvans built their new town, first utilizing the simple dwellings
they had used during their journeys. However, more sophisticated
dwellings made a rapid appearance, as did landscaped grottos dedicated
to prayer and holy stone formations dedicated to the deities. For
the sylvans differed from the other elves. They held fast to Arkati
worship, honoring both the Light and Dark gods. In their philosophy
the Light balanced the Dark and both were holy.
A ruling council was appointed and within Nevishrim, the system
of hierophants ascended. Likewise, in that city the guilds came
into being and in less than a generation, became established and
successful. Nevishrim soon rivaled the memories of Ithnishmyn, and
its moderate climate, far to the south from the original city, nourished
bountiful shade-tolerant gardens. Generations passed and the sylvan
population grew, finally reaching the glory it had been in earlier
days, and then surpassing that. They were a peaceful people, one
of grace and prosperity, a people that passed their lives in an
effort to create beauty and order.
Always, sylvan scouts patrolled the perimeter of the city-forest,
for lessons had been learned during the days of Ithnishmyn. These
sylvans did not wish to have to leave another of their cities. And
thus, it was the scouts who first brought word of Despana.
The high council considered the first reports of the threat. Having
grown cautious from past tragedies, they pondered these initial
reports with all due concern. They decided to form a skilled league
of scouts to monitor the situation and report anything they learned
back to the council. This elite band was named the Eranishal, and
it numbered 170 sylvan scout/warriors. Similar to rangers, they
were hardened individuals, adept at archery as well as skilled in
the ways of tracking and passing invisibly through the forest. They
were lead by a captain named Oriahn Delsechal, a sylvan whose ancestor
had been lost on the Golden Anvil and whose mother was respected
as a gifted soothsayer as well as a member of the high council.
Within a few weeks spent organizing, training and planning, the
Eranishal set out to find out what they could about the rumored
threat. Soon, they found what they sought. Oriahn observed Despana's
minions and was filled with foreboding. He saw the true immensity
of the coming threat and made a decision to contact elven contingents
grouping to oppose the evil armies.
As the Eranishal was admitted into the camp, their elven hosts
were amazed. No sylvan had been glimpsed in years, not since the
deserted remnants of Ithnishmyn had been discovered years before.
Here stood the stuff of legend, living sylvans and powerful ones
at that judging by their arms and bearing. The elves, shocked by
the loss of ShadowGuard, a site less than 100 miles to the east,
welcomed the sylvans and fervently sought their allegiance against
the forces of Despana.
Knowing how the high council would view such a pledge, Oriahn was
dismayed. He fully suspected that the council would favor withdrawing
into the forest to wait out the conflict. And yet, after seeing
the threat first-hand, he knew such action was not a viable option.
So he pledged the aid of the sylvans in the coming conflict, and
the following morning, set out with his men to bear the news to
On his return, the news he brought and the pledge he had made caused
virulent dissent. Many were aghast at the very idea of opposing
such evil with the possibility of its consequences on the sylvan
population. At the same time, the stories of Despana's might, seen
firsthand by members of the Eranishal and recounted in great detail
to the council, was a sobering fact. The council trusted the Eranishal
and eventually - with great trepidation - Oriahn's decision to ally
with the elves was blessed by the high council as a necessary endeavor.
Plans to raise an army were begun. Oriahn was placed in charge and
the Eranishal was split into two parts. The first group became Oriahn's
legion commanders, in charge of units of sylvan archers, trackers
and foot soldiers. The other group was to remain in Nevishrim under
the command of Ranishal, Oriahn's First Hand, their mission to protect
the council and population of Nevishrim if worse came to worse,
and Despana overran the combined elven army.