As the Dark Elf Armada crossed the Sea of Chill, ships from the east brought news that might bode well or ill for Malekith's invasion. Aenarion then heard news that was to quench the fire of his heart and turn it into a chill hatred. Though the Witch King's forces stormed through Averlorn and surrounded the camp of the Everqueen, she escaped with the aid of Prince Tyrion, who cut his way through the Dark Elves and fled with the Everqueen into the deep forests. Etched into their skin with scars and tattoos were symbols of the Dark Gods and pictograms of many-headed beasts. Though Malekith was not slain by Teclis' spell, it seemed that he wandered the Realm of Chaos for an eternity. Aenarion himself slew four Greater Daemons of Chaos, with the help of faithful Indraugnir. The Hag Queens who led the cult bathed in the blood of their sacrifices and rejuvenated their bodies, as did Morathi herself. For a quarter of a century, no single ruler reigned over Ulthuan, as each side failed to achieve the crushing victory it needed to secure power. His rule is absolute, for he is the very embodiment of all the Druchii and so long as he lives, the High Elves will never know true peace. With all of his prayers behind it, Teclis unleashed a bolt of energy directly at the Witch King. Yet with his dying breath, the last Assassin sent forth a Daemonic familiar to bring word to the Witch King of the Everqueen's location. Malekith and his followers were willing to risk everything for victory -- even the future of the whole world. In the Temple of the Goddess of a Hundred Eyes, Corsairs crucified a hundred red-robed priests and took a dozen golden statues, which were presented to Morathi as a gift. Her temperament was evil and unpredictable, and only the Witch King could approach her. Uncaring of the dangers, driven on by hatred of their kin and desperation to protect their final foothold in Ulthuan, the Dark Elves charged into the waters. Their people come and go from Meerdistrin with little overall concern from the Dark Elves. While Darklings usually fend for themselves alongside the casteless Dark Elves, the Ork clans allowed to do business in Meerdistrin typically keep their strongholds on the outskirts of the city. He would strangle all hope from his enemies, and then finish them forever. [2d], Unlike their cousins on Ulthuan, the Dark Elves openly pay homage to these forbidding powers, the worship of whom rose through the Cults of Excess that preceded the civil war of the Sundering. The most notable successes were by Laithikir Fellheart, latest in a long line of Black Ark commanders and as cunning a she-Elf as was ever born. There was betrayal all across Ulthuan. While the Warden Commander has historically attended the Council of Nique Taure has never sent a representative. In the bleak, chilly lands of the continent of Naggaroth in the New World lies the Dark Elven kingdoms of the Witch King Malekith, a realm born from the depths of malice and hate, a kingdom that seeks nothing more than to despoil a world its people believe loathes their existence. All of Malekith's will and energy was bent on breaching the defences of Ulthuan.[1k]. Each Black Ark is home to a small army of Dark Elf raiders and a small fleet of raiding vessels. All Elves speak a single tongue called Eltharin, but the language has since splintered into different dialects, each representing one of the three factions of Elves in the world. Urian cut down a score of High Elves, seeking out Prince Tyrion, who in turn claimed dozens of Dark Elf lives with his runeblade, Sunfang. The Outer Ring does not enjoy the formal protection of Meerdistrin's walls. Invigorated by the purity of Asuryan, Aenarion waged his war with ever greater zeal. While they do not police the Outer Ring on behalf of the Dark Elves, they do police their own. When news of the rout reached Malekith he flew into a rage, tearing the head from one of the messengers and hurling it at his fellow heralds. Bitterness had done little to dull the Dark Elves' allure. Even as Imrik thanked these warriors, he received word from one of the princes' messengers of the terror being unleashed by the armies of Nagarythe.[1k]. Circumstantially this has lead to skirmishes, or an unexpected opportunity to exchange news and trade. Eventually, after more than three centuries of bloodshed, Mentheus' army succeeded in pushing back the hosts of the Witch King to the gates of Anlec itself. To ensure that the Phoenix King did not claim the Godslayer, Malekith led an attack that swept across the northern isles of Ulthuan -- the Shadowlands that remained of Nagarythe, what little had been spared by the tidal waves. As Elven blood was spilt by other Elves upon the marble floor, Malekith strode into the sacred flames to accept Asuryan's blessing as the new Phoenix King. Portfolio by HUNTERDARKELF | CGPortfolio: Build your online digital art portfolio. The Assassins seeking the Everqueen came upon their prey one night, almost by chance. Low Caste - Any member of any caste who is not part of a House, but does not qualify as Casteless. For years they had contested their strength against each other with the might of their armies, and at Maledor they would pit their skills face-to-face. The ancient F'Daal religious system is a death-cult which pervades much of Drow society. Caradryel, Prince of Yvresse, was elected as the most stable of the candidates, and his first decree was to recall all loyal High Elves to defend Ulthuan. House Izron, along with the remaining great houses, implemented Meerdistrin's caste system. Over the course of centuries, many realms experienced both the cold embrace and the wicked betrayal of Dark Elf diplomacy. In celebration, he hosted a vast ceremony in Naggarond. The burning would never stop, and so Hotek fused his newly-forged armour directly to Malekith's body. The Elves were defenceless against this surprise onslaught, untouched as they were by the depravities of war, their queen a figure of peace and healing.[1k]. In early modern folklore they were connected with fairies. That said, there are several merchant houses who wield a great deal of influence amongst the Minor Houses. The stones of the buildings were stained red with blood. The Witch Elves kept the fires of Khaine burning day and night, as they heaped captives by the hundreds onto the pyres. Forewarned by Morathi's Daemonic messengers, Malekith chose to strike first, before the weight of Ulthuan's hosts could fall upon Anlec a final time. Where the armies of the Witch King advanced, the warriors of Caledor fell back, only to outflank the soldiers of Nagarythe and strike back from unexpected quarters.[1k]. East of Naggaroth, still rooted to the fractured lands of Ulthuan, dwell the High Elves, the Asur. There were also those who embraced the opportunity to seize lands from their peers. Panic swept through Ulthuan as these crimes grew in boldness and horror, until Aethis finally acted.[1k]. Most are considered extremely dangerous, as no Dark Elf without considerable skill would dare braving the tunnels coming and going from Meerdistrin. If they were a member of any caste of note, they are effectively rendered casteless. As slaves began to erect a new palace to the glory of the Witch King, the Dark Elves moved south and besieged Griffon Gate, beyond which were the verdant Inner Kingdoms.[1k]. The House Superior assumes control of their records, resources, and finances until they are solvent. The shifting inner energies of Chaos swelled with power, straining and boiling as they built up like a tide. Chances are that they'll inflict such horrific tortures upon the slaves that it will make Ramsay Bolton's torture of Theon Greyjoy look like a picnic. If they are defeated by one of the other Minor Houses in this Fray their resources and families are divided up amongst the other Minor Houses. Slaves play an important part in Druchii society, as they perform the menial chores that an enterprising Druchii considers below him.Slaves also make up the bulk of the ritual sacrifices to the god Khaine. Many of these Elves sought to escape the bitter grief that the Chaos incursion had left within their lives. The final part of Malekith's scheme was suggested by Khalaeth Mournweaver, ruler of Hag Graef at that time. They attempted to destroy Z'resre Zoliir and trigger a Grand Fray. [1b], Thus do the dread hosts of Naggaroth spread across the world, their fell banners dancing grimly on the wind, each warrior alert to the prospect of wicked joy that every battle brings. In the blasted lands of Averlorn, they played a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the Everqueen and her guardian. Each Minor house is charged with securing the gates leading into the third district, and they effectively control the second district. While Malekith fought upon Ulthuan, control of Naggaroth rested with his mother, Morathi. The routes that the Merchant Houses use to navigate the tunnels leading to and from Meerdistrin are considered extremely vital information and are shared and coordinated among Merchants and House Superior even if they have competing interests. Some parts of Montset go deep enough into the depths of Terra that Dwarven expeditions sometimes encounter Dark Elf patrols, or Merchant caravans. Bitterness and anger at what he viewed as Asuryan's betrayal of his right to rule had fuelled Malekith's will, sustaining him through the long years of agony that he had endured. There are some factions who still blame the manipulations of the Eld family on humans as a whole. It is the second largest recognized religion in Meerdistrin. In their earliest incarnations, Citadel Dark Elf miniatures owe a lot to traditional Dungeons & Dragons Drow- They are frequently painted with blue skin in early Citadel catalogue material and there is a higher percentage of female models in the Dark Elf line than any other, reflecting the matriarchal nature of Drow society. For an age, the warriors of Naggaroth put aside their bloody wars with their kin on Ulthuan, to venture further and further abroad across the oceans. Menreith was determined not to suffer the same fate as his forefather, and the Battle of the Waves is remembered as one of the most closely fought and bitter naval battles between the two nations of Elves. When his loyalties were uncovered, Girathon assassinated the Phoenix King before he was himself slain. Still not content with driving the Witch King and his armies from the mainland of Ulthuan, Tethlis pressed onwards to the Blighted Isle. [1a], Until that day finally dawns when the Isles of Ulthuan are finally theirs, the Dark Elves will continue their bloody quest as they always have. The High Elves for the most part would fight to the death rather than be taken in battle, and so Malekith's labour force did not grow quickly. The Blighted Isle had been lost, and with it all Dark Elf presence had been driven from Ulthuan for the second time. Though calmer minds counselled otherwise, Aenarion travelled to the Blighted Isle and entered the Shrine of Khaine, the Elves' bloody-handed god of war. They are supernatural beings in Germanic mythology and folklore, elves were first attested in Old English and Old Norse texts and are prominent in British and Scandinavian folklore. Drag and drop upload, viewable on any device. Of course the innermost ring was the best secured. Dark elf - War Hydra by TES | CGPortfolio: Build your online digital art portfolio. Sorceresses unleash their dark and forbidden magic, stripping flesh from bone and soul from body. Clar Karond quickly grew in size and importance, as its location further east made it a natural port for returning Corsair ships. From hidden coves, Dark Elf raiders looted gold convoys and slave-traders, and brought back the riches of kings to adorn the palaces of Malekith. He gathered a massive number of prisoners in preparation for a great sacrificial ritual and announced his plan to his followers. Realising his peril, Malekith turned all his art and power to deflecting the deadly blast, but was too slow to divert it entirely. Any Dark Elf with the right blend of determination, bravery and ruthlessness could make his or her fortune fighting on distant shores. Aided by renegade sorcerers, Hotek used the Hammer of Vaul to construct a suit of armour for the crippled Malekith; although his body had been all but broken, the prince of Nagarythe had clung to life. [3m], Slave revolts are rare, harshly suppressed, and due to the brutality of the Dark Elves, usually only the "new stock" have the will to participate in any revolt. Their lightless dungeons are crammed with captives whose wailings fill the air and whose moans seep through the thick walls of the high towers, saturating the soul with pain and misery. For all the strength of the Naggarothi host, such was the cunning artifice of the defences and the resolution of the High Elves that Malekith's army could make no headway and the siege ground on for many years.[1k]. Magical wards and glittering spears protected the growing cities of the Elves from attack and for a while a fragile peace descended. That is especially true of their merchants, and The Hand of the Mother. Having been raised in the court of Nagarythe, he was an accomplished warrior, skillful general and powerful spellweaver. They lived in contentment and peace on the isle of Ulthuan in the centre of the world. As the wealth of barbaric lands flooded into the Witch King's treasury, the Dark Elf fleets expanded once again, ultimately eclipsing the all but forgotten glories of yore. This time the cults were insidious and subtle, daring none of the flamboyant rituals that had exposed them in the time of Bel Shanaar. [1a], With malevolent eyes, the Dark Elves watch this dying world, knowing it is their birthright to rule all that they survey and those that live upon it are born to do nothing more than to grovel at their feet. Meerdistrin is as good a home as any. It was this unwitting pawn who was tortured to death, still raving his innocence, while Girathon commandeered a Hawkship from the harbour and led its crew into a Dark Elf ambush a few miles out to sea. Nobles were found slain in their beds, mages disappeared from their towers and children vanished from their classrooms. His bodyguard of White Lions was small, but they fought to the last Elf to defend their king, whose own blade accounted for half a dozen of his attackers. The Black Arks Citadel of Ecstatic Damnation and Jade Palace of Pain beached amidst the ruins of Nagarythe. Even the mighty Black Arks, once invincible, met their match. West of Har Ganeth, the tribes gathered under the shadow of the Black Pillar -- a towering shrine to the Chaos Gods carved from obsidian and studded with the skulls of sacrifices. This almost always leads to infighting amongst the Ork clans until the offending clan either has suffered enough punishment, or pays sufficient tribute to stave the other clans off. The Dragontamer and his mages would create a magical vortex to siphon away the power of the Daemons and return it to the Realm of Chaos, forcing the Daemons to fade back from whence they had come. Malekith took the Circlet of Iron and resolved to unravel its secrets. They rarely appear in Meerdistrin beyond the inner ring, and most who adhere to this belief do so quietly if they choose to continue to reside in Meerdistrin at all. Unbeknownst to the Dark Elves, Tethlis had dispatched a small group of Hawkships from his main fleet, each with a mage aboard to swathe their vessel in a fog that obscured all detection. The fifth district was exclusively the domain of the Mother Superior's House. The Dunmer and their national character embrace these various connotations with enthusiasm. [1b], War Hydras thunder into the fray, trampling those who stand their ground, belching forth dark flame to consume those who flee. "Dark" is variously understood to mean "dark-skinned," "gloomy," and "ill-favored by fate." The Dark Elves unloaded what they wanted and then set fire to the ships and sent them back into the harbour, destroying dozens more vessels. Morathi again aided her son, and gifted the Witch Elves of Khaine with the sacred Cauldrons of Blood. In a cold rage, Aenarion swore that he would destroy every Daemon in existence in vengeance for this heinous act. This is encapsulated in the Elven belief of yenlui, or "balance;" a philosophy that dictates that there must be harmony between the light and dark natures of the Elven spirit. Ability Score Increase. [1k], Malekith's inner circle always numbers exactly one hundred lords and ladies of Naggaroth called Dreadlords -- though not all are living. For centuries the Lizardmen have launched retaliatory attacks against Naggaroth in attempts to retrieve their treasures, and the enmity between the two races remains particularly bloody.[1k]. As well as campaigning across the lands that would eventually become the Empire, Bretonnia and the Badlands, Malekith travelled even further abroad. Like the casteless Dark Elves, the Orks are allowed to do as they please in the outer ring. Being a magic user in Dark Elf society is a protected profession, and causes a degree of suspicion and mistrust among other individuals in Dark Elf society. Design your everyday with dark elf coffee mugs you'll love to add to your morning routine or at work. Tethlis' army regrouped according to the Phoenix King's plan and cut off the Witch King's escape from the pass. Swooping down from the dark skies, Sulekh and Malekith crashed into the Elven host. If a dispute cannot be settled then usually the Major Houses declare a Fray that is settled in one of the Arenas in the third district. He asked that he be allowed to honour his father's memory and serve as his successor, but there were voices raised against this course of action. Freezing winds howled down from the north, bringing snowstorms and chilling ice. [1k], The two armies clashed like a tide of black engulfing a white rock. The host of Malekith dwarfed that of the High Elves. The bolt struck the Witch King and engulfed him with its energies. They were a minor house in Nique Taure, but they were the largest house among what had become the Dark Elves. Malekith sensed that dark times would soon be at hand and he would be ready to strike at the hated High Elves. Even as the tide turned against his army, Caledor led the counterattack. In their wake, they left a town empty but for heaps of dismembered and charred corpses, writhing with flies and disease. The two saw the strength that existed in each other and shared a common purpose. Malekith's wizards unleashed bolts of black energy and called down terrible storms to ravage the lines of the Phoenix King's army. High Caste - Collectively refers to any major/minor house and members of their house. Seeing the constant stream of politicking, disgrace, betrayal and assassination, they confuse an attack upon the person holding a particular position with an attack upon the position itself. While Clar Karond prospered, politics and infighting became rife within Naggarond. If Tethlis attempted to draw the Sword of Khaine, they would strike at once, cursed to sell their lives to prevent the Phoenix King from drawing the Murderer of Gods.[1k]. Was much milder warrior caste - this reenactment portrays the great Aenarion would strike out to reclaim his rulership! 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