Return of Hadrach
During the Second World, the first elves-ten immensely powerful immortals-were born. These ten Elf Lords each bore a natural affinity for different aspects of the world around them. This affinity, combined with their vast power and the hot-bloodedness of their youth led to overpowering hubris. Eventually the Elf Lords’ pride and competitive nature led them to look down on and despise each other, and they set out alone, each going their separate ways across the world.
In their loneliness, each of the Elf Lords mated with mortals, despite their disdain for the lesser beings. The children of these unions were granted the same affinities and aspects as their immortal parents, along with their passions and hatreds. Their offspring turned out to be extraordinarily long-lived as well, but much to the Elf Lord’s dismay, ultimately mortal. To preserve their power and purity, the Elf Lords declared their children to be members of their own House and prohibited the elves from interbreeding with other non-elf mortals and diluting their blood any further.
As each of the Houses grew and elves spread across the world, they eventually came into contact with their cousins. It was not long before the children of the Elf Lords came into conflict with each other. Elf emotions are deep, powerful and long-lived, and their hatreds equally so. Thus, it was the birth of the race of elves led to the birth of an age which has become known as the Elfwar. While some say it was many small wars that never ended, Others claim it was a single ancient war that raged for centuries. Either way, the balance of power was maintained through shifting alliances and new magics. Eventually the Kin of the House of Ma’fer, desperately trying to bring an end to the conflict, set out on a plan to entrap and finally kill Shessorae, one of the immortal Elf Lords. Their success crippled the House, and the orphaned kin divided and joined up with other houses, spreading the word of the death of their Elf Lord. Horrified, the other Houses formed a coalition led by Tessessa and turned on the offending House as one and wiped them out. Ma’fer, enraged at the destruction of his lineage, called upon powerful magics, lifting the tallest mountain high above the world, and throwing it down upon the Tessessa. This killed the second Elf Lord and wrought vast devastation across the world, slaughtering untold millions.
In the ashes of this destruction, the Elf Lords and their Houses paused and looked upon what they had become. It was decided they must become one people and bury the hatred of the past. Only through merging their Houses could they finally find balance and harmony. The remaining Elf Lords chose to join themselves together as well, merging into four beings of unimaginable power. Their passions were balanced and their blood cooled, and they found themselves transcended to godhood over the Houses of Elves.
With the merging of Houses, the remaining Elves turned toward survival and rebuilding. Now, millennia later, The race of elves have merged and separated several times. Still, the traits of their original houses remains strong and the elves gravitate towards the interests of their original Lords. The elves also consider their connection to magic and their long lives to be evidence of their immortal lineage. Their four Elven Gods remain unnamed, instead they are still referred to by their ancient names, depending on what aspect of the God is being discussed.