H E B O N N OR Mons elvii
Race: Mountain Elf
Class: Light Elf
Other names: Western elf, Montagnard 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 Silvan elfs 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 first cities of the Aelian Western Rossnes Edit
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.
Most of the Drow settlements where on the mountains and the highlands, and there the Western Rossnes elves made contacts with the Draak Harg -the Dragon People- and Dwarfs, creating a successful trading partnership, as the rossnes -controlling the highlands and some extense and ferile lowlands- provided these Underworld civilizations with food in exchange of metals, tools, weapons and armors.
So while the western Rossnes will control some extensions of the lowlands -as Aiea, where will emerge the Aiesec empire-, many of their kingdoms and most important cities where in the mountains, near the dwarven and Draak Harg trade routes.
The Hebonnor Edit
Because of this, the western Rossnes rather than remain in the forests and lowlands -like the eastern rossnes did-, they had their main settlements 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 will began to call themselves "mountain elves": this wasn't an ethnic distinction, but based on location of their settlements, being very diverse the different "mountain elven" nations, which where as well contrasted with the "prairie elves" of Malvor, the "Marsh elves" of Mont'hafen, the "silvan" or "wood elves" of the great forests, the "swamp elves" of Polforia or the "Valley elves" of Aiesec.
High Elven Imperialism and fall of the Western Rossnes Edit
At first, the High elves conquered and assaulted the Flairie dark elven and the Eastern Rossnes light elven empires: but soon, the western rossnes elven lands were attacked as well:
Most of the west of Aels became High elf dominated, being impossed the ushaenor high elven culture: while many native aelian rossnes adapted, others decided to resist, moving eastwards: they abandoned the lowlands, and became fully Mountain Elves along the mountain range of Nohalion, and the Sylvan elfs reduced to the great forests of Nubla and Bierteno, to the east.
The coexistence 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.-, and many mountain elves settlements in the Angards and Dargoina Mountains will be destroyed.
Deprived of their most rich lands, forced to move further into the mountains, the nations of the mountain elves declined and fragmented: petty kingdoms and city states, rivals for limited resources, will began to compete with each other, 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.
The Invasion of the Galaw and the Galaw-Hebonnor Kingdoms Edit
And so, during the Age of Invasions, when the Galaw High Orcs came migrating from the North and invaded them, the divided mountain elves weren't able to oppose an organized resistance, so they fought bravely, but were defeated by the Galaws, who established their own kingdoms.
In the Highlands and Mountains, the relations of conquerors and conquered, Galaw and Hebonnor Elf, would originate a new, mixed culture -what would later be identified as the proper Hebonnor 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 and hebonnor elves-, the successive Kings of the Hill were incompetent, and lived as refugees in their small villages hidden in the mountains, as the kingdom was divided into hundreds of warring lordships.
The Kingdoms of the Hebonnor and Galaws Edit
To unify again Galawkey was deemed as an imposible task, as the once mighty realm along the Nohalion mountain was now fragmented in several smaller realms, cut from each other by settlements of other peoples -humans, kanov, beastmen, dwarves and others-, but in southern Nohalion, slowly began a movement to restore the royal authority.
An 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.
The Galaw-Hebonnor Kingdom Edit
In northern Nohalion, as well in former lands of the Galawkey kingdom, after the proclamation of Hildetriel I as new King of the Hill, the northern Hebonnor and Galaw dukes rejected these claims, and choose instead a King of the Hill in their own, forming the Galaw-Hebonnor Kingdom, or known as well as Galawonnor. -while further north, the Galaw dukes rejected to be ruled by elves, forming their independent Galaw lands.-
The Unified Hebonnor Kingdom Edit
However, the existence of two Kings of the Hill will end with the coronation of Hildetriel V, elected by the Hebonnor, Galawonnor and Galaw lands: Half Orc and Half elf, descendant of the Galaw and Hebonnor dynasties, he had the crown but had to claudicate his power to the dukes, as the dispersed and fragmented kingdom that peaked the Nohalion mountains wasn't easy to rule.
End of an Independent KingdomEdit
The Unified kingdom will be short lived: the Dark Legions of the Demons, the Nigromante of Tok-Thoria, drows and the Unlic Empire of Uslen in the south, Enkel humans and Nortunk dwarves in the center and the pressure of the Loranor Kingdom in the north -and endless hordes of Ur Dur goblins harassing all over the mountains- made the kingdom crumble. Indeed, it was probably because of such challenges which made a unification possible, to achieve the greatest possible strength against adversity.
However, despite unification, incapable of facing all of these, finally, King Hildetriel V, in his testament, and to avoid the annexation by force of his lands, inherited the crown of the King of the Hill to the Loranor emperors.