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Elven history is somewhat of a paradox. The elves are seen (not least by themselves) as a peaceful, noble and wise people, however their history tells a different story – filled with strife, ranging from political manoeuvring and treachery to bloody war. Tales are told of disastrous use of magic, wars that lasted for thousands of years and nearly wiped out entire races, arrogance to other to other races and even to other elves. And yet it is true that the elves created breathtaking and wondrous cities, music of sublime and ethereal beauty, and magical artefacts that still carry their power and beauty after millennia.
Ancient Times The elves did not arise on Toril, but were immigrants from other worlds via the Realms of Faerie some 25,000 years ago. It is not really known why they came – some tales tell of destruction and troubles in the worlds they left behind. First to arrive were the winged elves (Avariel), the silver shadows (Lythari) and the Green Elves. They found a world already inhabited by a wide variety of creatures – most significantly the powerful and dangerous dragons. The depredations of these huge monsters hit the Avariel hardest, and their numbers dwindled dangerously low. Even now they are still recovering and are by far the rarest of Faerunian elves. The second wave of elven migrants provided the numbers and the powerful magic to end the dominance of the dragons and curtail the destruction. Dark elves, sun elves and moon elves spread throughout Faerun. This was the First Flowering – a time when great nations rose, beautiful and fantastical cities were built, and elven knowledge and magic was supreme.
Many tales tell us that it was at this time the elves created an island to be their homeland – Evermeet. Histories vary in the stories they tell of this event; and truth, legend and myth are irrevocable entwined. Some say that the elves united in what was at one and the same time the mightiest expression of High Magic ever seen on Toril and the most destructive unleashing of power the Realms have ever known. This tore the great continent of Faerun apart, creating a mighty sea between the two halves and the Island of Evermeet set within this sea. Many thousands were drowned, and thousands more killed as the cataclysm flattened the great cities. This event is known as The Sundering.