They are groomed from childhood to fill the role chosen for them by their ruling castes. The size and force of the combined Dark Elf and Chaos attack swept aside all resistance. It seemed for all the world as if the High Elves would be obliterated by Malekith's vengeance. His hand was stayed by the intervention of Morathi, who had a far greater aptitude for subtle politics than her son. [2d], Of these, Khaine is the most well known, being a god of murder and war, but there are others such as Erelth Khial who rules the Underworld, Atharti, a goddess of pleasure and indulgence, and Hekarti the goddess of Dark Magic. Dark Elves from Merchant Houses come and go from the surface more often than most other houses in order to procure goods and establish trade. So began the bloodthirsty raids of the Dark Elves. As High Elves from across the globe returned at Caradryel's call, the Phoenix King instituted a system of rotating garrisons that ensured that the gates across the Annulii Mountains were always defended at full strength. 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. New ranks and honours are created only on the rarest occasions, and most of those are abolished at Malekith's decree as soon as he hears of them. In the cracked and cratered remnants of Nagarythe, Anlec grew ever larger as the Witch King moved more and more of his people back to Ulthuan, until the cities of Naggaroth were empty except for the slaves and their keepers. 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. Events finally took a turn that Malekith took to be the sign to attack. 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 danger of invasion from the north vexed Malekith greatly, as he could not launch an invasion of Ulthuan while the borders of Naggaroth were unsafe. Invigorated by the purity of Asuryan, Aenarion waged his war with ever greater zeal. However, half-dark elves are not very easily accepted into dark elf society. Malekith's disciples took up his body and fought their way clear, leaving most of Ulthuan's princes slain in the shrine.[1k]. Minor Houses - Any of the Dark Elf Houses that occupy the third district. Left empty, mighty Anlec was destroyed by Tethlis' army; razed from existence by blade, fire and magic. Some may think the Orks are simpletons, but the Dark Elves know better. From across Ulthuan, the hosts of the Witch King marched to Finuval Plain to crush the last resistance. Their command structure, selection process, and training is a closely guarded secret. For nearly ten years, the High Elf fleets sunk any Naggarothi ships that approached the northern coast. Hundreds were slaughtered every day, beheaded by the chosen warriors of Khaine. There they learned the arts of civilisation and the skills of magic from the enigmatic Old Ones. In desperation, Aenarion went to the sacred fire of Asuryan, lord of the Elven pantheon, and offered himself as the ultimate sacrifice. They were small tribes or clans and slowly grew into their own empire, developing a matriarchal society that they passed on to the Drow. While the cities of the Dark Elves grew in Naggaroth, their exploits further afield also increased. Its towers rose higher than any other city in Ulthuan, and five curtain walls surrounded a central keep that could hold ten thousand warriors. He would strangle all hope from his enemies, and then finish them forever. Even those who approach them in skill and intellect, the Naggarothi dismiss as weaklings, sneering at the laws and traditions that waste resources nurturing the weak even as they shackle the ambitions of the strong. Malekith is the undisputed ruler of the Dark Elves. Yet few who had been bloodied by Malekith's claws were entirely reluctant to welcome him as ally afterward. The commander of the Tower of Oblivion, Randelle Doomwhisper, then offered to ransom the children back to the townsfolk. Only the High Elves have no hope of survival under the yoke of Naggarothi rule, for every Dark Elf dreams of the day when their ancient enemies will at last be scoured from every corner of the world. [1k], Guided by Morathi's counsel, Malekith accepted this new city. His revenge against those who continue to defy him will be long and agonising. In their wake, they left a town empty but for heaps of dismembered and charred corpses, writhing with flies and disease. Forced to participate in a Fray to determine if they will maintain Minor House Status. 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. These forces can be landed on the coast of an unsuspecting kingdom, perform a lightning raid, and be off before any of the local defence forces are able to react (the raiders do not do well in stand-up fights). Myth UO Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. Many did not survive; those that did were hardened by their trials, as bitter and devoted to the pursuit of black magic as their mistress. Dark Elves began as a race that split from the over-all Elven civilization, causing the original schism in Elven races. He gathered a massive number of prisoners in preparation for a great sacrificial ritual and announced his plan to his followers. Nowadays they keep their activities to the Outer Ring lest they risk the wrath of House Superior. The first tribe met Morathi with suspicion, but once they saw her cold beauty they were utterly bewitched. [1k], Forewarned of Malekith's intent, the mages of the Phoenix King roused their magic to thwart the spell of unbinding. They are an elite unit of Dark Elf warriors, arcanists, clergyman and even merchants who are selected to assist with hunting down Dark Elf criminals, especially smugglers, troublesome upworlders, and also gathering information on the movements of the other races. Dark Elves have one major source of income: slave labor. The earth heaved and cracked, and so great was the magical explosion that it was noted in the halls of the Dwarfs, thousands of miles to the east. For their part these Orks, descended from Those Without Words, do a robust trade with the Dark Elves. The Dark Elves, like their Elven cousins, have extremely long memories. The repeater crossbows of the Dark Elves cut down hundreds of demented tribesmen, but they climbed over the hills of corpses to continually assail the ramparts of the North Tower. The Destruction of House T'sal - This reenactment portrays the destruction of the treacherous House T'sal, who tried to kill the Mother Superior. Over the course of centuries, many realms experienced both the cold embrace and the wicked betrayal of Dark Elf diplomacy. Malekith's aim was twofold: to sow panic and dismay with the Everqueen's death and to corrupt the powerful magic that she wielded. They were within a few days march of the Shrine of Asuryan but their attack could go no further. Dark Elves do not value their slaves' lives, and often kill one or two to show the other slaves their brutality. Armed with the weapon of the war god, Aenarion slaughtered Daemons by their thousands from the back of the immense Dragon Indraugnir. 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. The dark forests to the south and east, and the forbidding mountains to the west, held many fell beasts and hundreds of Naggarothi were devoured in the night as they made camps in the wilderness.[1k]. Magical wards and glittering spears protected the growing cities of the Elves from attack and for a while a fragile peace descended. Unbeknownst to the other kingdoms of Ulthuan, Nagarythe's armies marched, now bolstered by the depraved cultists and practitioners of Dark Magic they had once opposed. Though they are referred to as Minor Houses, this is not a reflection on their abilities or even their wealth. Bodies and blood littered the waters as the volleys poured down from the cliff tops into the seas below. Here they frequently put on reenactments of the Dark Elves greatest battles. In the new world across the oceans, where slaving fleets terrorised tribes of primitive humans, the influence of Ulthuan was growing ever stronger. Of these, the most gifted was Tethlis. Hidden from the eyes and spells of the High Elves, a cabal of Assassins lay in ambush around the Shrine of Khaine. Though he feared to wield the Sword of Khaine himself, Malekith was well aware of its powers and the vengeance Caledor would wreak upon the Naggarothi should he claim it. These houses generally specialize in breeding and training a particular caste, they are considered second in power only to the House Superior. If the Druchii -- the "Dark Elves" as their enemies had called them during the civil war, a name they now proudly embraced -- were to build a new kingdom in the west, they would need a work force to build it for them.[1k]. For the Dark Elves, all of the world's bounty is theirs to do with as they wish -- provided that they have the strength to claim it. 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. Those cultists who surrendered were sent to the castles of Nagarythe to be released from their delusions. He sent his riders to every city in Naggaroth, and recalled the greater part of the Naggarothi fleet. All Discussions Screenshots Artwork Broadcasts Videos News Guides Reviews ... i think the dark path is way more fun #2. Aralkor cursed them with sensitivity to the sun, but through Amil's grace they remain nearly identical to their distant cousins the Elves. Caradryel was no soldier, but the war with the Dwarfs had given rise to many great leaders and it was to these High Elves that the Phoenix King gave command of his armies. He wandered through its ice-trapped streets, between colossal buildings that hurt the eyes to look upon. If the city faces a siege residents of the outer ring, which would also include the populations of Orks and Darklings, usually suffer the majority of the losses. After the terrified Tileans had gathered up all of their wealth and stores, the Dark Elves stormed ashore and slaughtered everybody. Though he twisted them during the calamity many have still accepted his teachings. Only one of his disciples, Urathion of Ullar, saw the madness of Malekith's ploy and escaped Nagarythe to bring word to Caledor of what the Witch King planned. 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