Chronicle of the Flickering Flame
The Crown Wars
The Crown Wars (~9,000 years ago)
Many thousands of years ago a series of conflicts began among the elven kingdoms that lasted millennia and led to the decline of the elves of Faerûn. The first began when the ruler of the sun elves of Aryvandaar, Ivosaar Vyshaan, learned of his blood relation to the ruling family of the kingdom of Miyeritar, the Olrythii clan. It was a secret that had been kept hidden for centuries and Ivosaar used this knowledge to lay claim to the Miyeritar kingdom by right of blood. War raged for centuries, eventually leading to the decimation of the Olrythii family and the subjugation of the people of Miyeritar.
As the fires of war were cooling the Aryvandaar were using the reprieve to lick their wounds and maintain control over their new territory. During this time the dark elves of Ilythiir were weak and mournful after their failed attempt to save their Olrythii clan allies from genocide and their subjects from the cruelty of the Vyshaan clan. It was then, in those desperate times, that the leaders of the Ilythiir were approached by the demon-spider goddess, Lolth. She used the opportunity to seduce the dark elves with the promise of unholy power and it wasn’t long before the Ilythiir, aided by mighty and corrupting magic, invaded Miyeritar. The Vyshaan royal family and their soldiers were easily and mercilessly driven from their newly won country. But, the new found power granted by Lolth led the Ilythiir to new ambitions beyond the scope of their vendetta and the dark elves expanded their conquest to other empires that shared their borders. Whole peoples where laid to waste and the Ilythiir soon found themselves reviled by the other elves of Faerûn rather than being hailed as liberators. Soon the dark elves earned the label of dhaerow or “traitors”(simplified today as Drow).
Ivosaar Vyshaan was adamant that his prize should not fall into the hands of another, especially those as despised as the dark elves. If he could not have the kingdom of Miyeritar then no elf would. With the aid of dark magics of incredible power that had not been seen in ages, Ivosaar brought about an event of terrible destructive power known today as the Dark Disaster. Where the kingdom of Miyeritar once was is now an inhospitable wasteland known as the High Moor. At this point, the elven god of magic, Corellon Larethian, intervened. He saved most of the dark elves from utter annihilation. But, those he saved he also cursed for their attrocities and their worship of Lolth. They became dire enemies of daylight and were forced to flee into the Underdark or be destroyed by the light of the sun. At the same time Corellon condemned Ivosaar for his madness and delivered a mandate that all elven peoples wage war against the Aryvandaar until the kingdom was no more. Today, Ivosaar Vyshaan and his people are little more than footnotes scrawled into the margins of crumbling parchment scrolls buried deep in the archives of ancient libraries.