Lords of the White Isles
To sail the oceans of the world is to risk encounter with the self-appointed masters of the seas. With mighty fleets protecting their island home, the Arandai Empire rises and falls with the tides of time, but its reach is always felt across the continents. By the gleam of silvered armour, or by ordered cries from grand warships, you may know of the approach of the Highborn Elves.
Though the Highborn have retreated from many of their former conquests, they continue to hold outposts on islands and coastlines across the globe. Marshalled by the government of the Pearl Queen, Arandai galleons dominate the seas and control much of the global seatrade. Well-equipped garrisons display the deadly grace of the elves, honed over centuries of training and coupled with powerful magic. Highborn towers are circled by wondrous beings of legend, while inside, great minds apply themselves to dreams of splendour and glory.
The forces of the Highborn Elves army can be played based on mighty winged dragons, elite infantry, a defensive army where forces are split between shooting at range and selective combats, or as an aggressive army trying to overwhelm the opponent with many fast and hard-hitting threats. Highborn Elves are well armed and armoured but have little toughness behind their plate and mail.
Lore of Highborn Elves
Where is the world’s largest library?
A scholar’s question - although biggest does not always mean best. My own library, while small, contains many first editions not found in other places. The fact that they are my own books is a mere coincidence - fine volumes, all of them!
There are many great libraries in the world. I have visited all that I was able to gain admittance to in my search for knowledge. Yet not every culture embraces libraries in the same manner.
The elves of Caleda Ablan may possess the finest of magical academia. Asfada is a true gem, and I was once privileged to be permitted admittance to consult a handful of volumes - albeit in the antechambers of the most mundane building and under constant guard.
Aschau also houses many volumes of importance - the colleges across Sonnstahl have long sought to codify knowledge and perfect the teaching of it to the next generation of professors and poets. I’ve always found this instruction by rote a little formulaic for my tastes - learning is to be savoured; a personal experience, not one to be borrowed from another.
However, perhaps surprisingly, I suspect the greatest collections of published works may actually be held in the citadels of the Blasted Plain. It’s not often discussed - few people like their dealings with the Infernal Dwarves to be known - but it’s my belief that they were the first to perfect the printing press, and still produce the finest examples to be found.
I’m not even certain those dwarves value the knowledge they have accumulated in their vaults of stone. I do know that I have often had to trade with Zalaman Tekash to obtain many otherwise impossible to acquire volumes. So much of what passes from East to West leaves a share with the Eastern Dwarves along the way - why not knowledge too? Certainly, they are masters of ascertaining value, in all things.
You will find here the lore that has currently been released. More lore will be released in the future, and will subsequently be added to this section.