H E B O N N OR Mons elvii
Race: Mountain Elf
Class: Light Elf
Other names: Western elf, Montangard Elf, Highland Elf, galawkey.
Allegiance: Empire of Whide Axis
The Hebonnor are a race of Rossnes light elves who lived in Aels. They tend to be larger elves, taller and bulkier than Dark Elf folk, they have light skin and usually light colored hair of blondes, reds, and light browns. They tend to have more hair than normal for elves. Thick heads of hair, and thick eyebrows, thick facial hair for men is commonly seen.
The origin of this rossnes light elf group is during prehistory, because while the antecessors of the High elves will migrate to Ushaenor across Hieyoks, the common ancestors of the mountain and [[ Sylvan elves]] were from the rossnes who remained in the original lands of Polforia.
However, due to the migration of Neroz and Wollumis dark elves into Polforia due to climatic changes in prehistory, a series of conflicts between the two elven communities forced in the end many of the rossnes light elves to migrate.
The ones who migrated to the South-West, were nomads and semi-nomads, meanwhile the ones of the east had already begun a process of settling down, when the first civilization of the Empire of Drow first appeared.
And as an empire, the Drow began their expansion, having an easier time conquering the eastern rossnes -already settled in villages and sedentary-, but the western nomads proved to be more difficult, as after each defeat, the western elves reorganized themselves and continued the war, weakening the Drow Empire -until the point that the once great empire, weakened, suffered a series of invasions, that made the empire crumble, and many of the drow escaped from the disaster fleeing to the Underworld of Kazrrad.
The western rossnes, who conquered the Drow cities and territories in their final invasion to the Drow Empire, settled down in the ruined drow cities in the hills and in their hillforts, abandoning their nomadic traditions.
In the highlands, they made contacts with the Draak Harg -the Dragon People- and Dwarfs, creating a successful trading partnership, as the rossnes -controlling the highlands and several lowlands- provided these Underworld civilizations with food, and they with metals, tools, weapons and armors.
Because of this, the main western rossnes elven settlements, rather than remain in the forests and lowlands -like the eastern rossnes did-, they settled in the mountains, near the various entrances to the Underworld of Kazrrad, to conduct this trade.
It was then, with their friendly relations with dwarves, when they received the name of "Hebonnor", which supposedly comes from a dwarven word that meant "big ears".
As well, living in the highlands and mountains, in difference to the inhabitants of the lowlands and forests, they called themselves "mountain elves", in difference to the "silvan elves".
The small Hebonnor kingdoms, dispersed in the mountains of Aels were undergoing a process of expansion -like the Silvan elf empires of the lowlands-, when the High elves arrived in the Late Elfic Age.
Most of the west of Aels became High elf dominated, and the native Aelian rossnes elves moved eastwards: the Mountain elves along the mountain range of Nohalion, and the Silvan elves reduced to the great forests of Nubla and Bierteno, to the east.
The connivance with High elves wasn't easy, and slavers raids by high elves weren't uncommon -as they needed a work force to build their monuments and cities, to demonstrate to the world, who were the high elves.
But there wasn't a single Hebonnor kingdom, but several rival and enemy states, warring continuously with each other and their neighbors (on the surface and under it, as the drow), and as such, their kingdoms grew weaker and weaker.
And so, during the Age of Invasions, when the Galaw orcs came migrating from the North and invaded them, the divided Hebonnor weren't able to oppose an organized resistance, so they fought bravely, but were defeated by the Galaw orcs.
In the Highlands and Mountains, the relations of conquerors and conquered, Galaw orc and Hebonnor Elf, would originate a new, mixed culture, which culminated in the foundation of the Galawkey kingdom, under the first King of the Hill, Grad'Bo I, a Galaw Orc kingdom:
Though the Hebonnor-Galaw relations and marriages were prohibited for the commoners, among the nobles such political alliances were necessary: which meant in the long run an aristocracy of mixed blood, who lived way longer than the Galaw Orcs, but much shorter than the Hebonnor elves.
-And as such, later it will be a sign of nobility among Hebonnor, the shorter life span of their aristocrats-
The successive migration waves and invasions of Kanovs, meant that most of the Kingdom was conquered, and only the mountains were able to resist:
Divided amongst nobles -and between Galaw orcs and hebonnor elves-, the successive Kings of the Hill where incompetent, and lived as refugees in their small villages hidden in the mountains, as the kingdom was divided into hundreds of warring lordships.
Until a Hebonnor noble, called Hildetriel I bought the crown of the last King of the Hill for a herd of pigs, and was finally able to defeat his major opposition, the "Seven Galawkey Dukes" during the succession war.
However, being a Hebonnor elf and not a Galaw Orc, he wasn't recognized by the Galaw orcs as their king, so his "unified kingdom" never even reached the size and power of the Galawkey orc-elf kingdom during the few decades of Peace that followed his coronation: And soon, this new Galawkey kingdom faced the threat of the Drow of the south of Aels, unified under the banner of the city-state of Negeémiliel, beginning a series of Hebonnor-Drow wars, to gain -and keep- surface holds.
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