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
Restrictions of Movement on Celeda Ablan and the Pearl Harbour
Do the HE allow humans or other humanoids to enter their island?
I believe i have referred in the past to opportunities to consult texts at one of the great elven universities on Celeda Ablan. It was one of the finer moments of my academic career, but it was not without risk. Humans, and any other outsider, who visit the elven cities on Celeda Ablan take their life in their own hands.
Provided you are wise, listen to your minders, and don’t stray beyond the permitted spaces, you should survive to return to the ships in harbour. Yet the highborn are difficult to predict at times, and easily offended. Even without knowing it, one can ruin their reputation irreparably with their hosts.
Just to enter the Pearl Harbour one must await their approval upon the desolate Rock, some way off the coast, to be vetted and scrutinised at their leisure. I have waited a week there before, only to be turned away for little more reason than the wrong form of greeting from the captain of the ship I travelled upon. Fortunately, a makeshift market upon the Rock has sprung up, to prevent such journeys from being a complete waste.
Discussions of the defensive situation of their home island is difficult at best, but the Highborn Elves do maintain military forces across their island, suggesting they are at least conscious of threats arriving on the island - or some which may already exist. One rumour said a scrapling infestation had taken root in marshes to the southeast of Celeda Ablan. If true, that would be remarkable, and perhaps embarrassing. I wouldn’t raise it with an elf in whose good books you wish to remain.
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.