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
Anatomy of Elves
Elves and humans look similar from the outside, but what makes them biologically different? Internally speaking, do they have different organs? Are there "half-elves" (i.e. can humans and elves mate to produce an offspring)?
It is a well-known truth that elves, with slim and lithe bodies, fine features and delicate skin, have always held a fascination for humans. We see in them many of the qualities we aspire to: grace and wisdom, beauty and culture. Yet for all these parallels, it is often overlooked that elves are as different to us humans as dwarves, orcs, ogres or even saurians.
Elven fragility, their adeptness with magics unfathomable to humans, and their incredible longevity – these are all indications that there is as much separating us as there is uniting. Most marked of all though is their worldview and intellect. I have engaged with their scholars, and while a trade of information was beneficial, their philosophies were utterly alien. How can one hope to comprehend the thinking of a being which can expect to live for centuries, and for whom the lives of their brethren represent a millennium of potential?
As for the tawdry physical aspects – physical relationships are not unheard of between elves and humans. Each no doubt makes gains from the pairing, but offspring is not one of them. The species of this world are much too different to breed – like a horse and a cow, we may all walk on the same number of legs, and have roughly equivalent vital organs, but cannot mate. It is a blessing in truth – those liaisons are complex enough without the addition of half-elves!
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.