The Unquiet Earth
True Elves were the first race on Lyramet, and they have the longest history. For hundreds of years, they lived in peace, spreading slowly all over the Untamed Lands and the rest of the world. They created a university, the Enclave, in the middle of the forest which also served as their political headquarters. They build roads, connecting the Untamed Lands north to south, east to west. They watched the primative humans along the eastern coast, scrying from their mighty tower.
There were centuries of peace, and the True Elves grew bored, arogant, and reclusive. Many wizards began debating and researching the existence of other worlds—places of knowledge yet unknown. A small coven of wizards dedicated themselves to the search and spent decades trying various spells and rituals. The goddess Chrys guided these wizards, proud to see her children seeking knowledge. However, the goddess did not know that two other gods, Shizaki and Draydor, were also interested in the project. With the assistance of the three deities, the coven pierced the veil around the material plane, but did not reach the astra sea, as Chrys had intended. Instead, they pierced the Feywild, Shadowfell, The Far Realm, The Nine Hells, and The Elemental Chaos simulteaneously. Chrys frantically tried to close the portals, but the two other gods fought her. She was able to hold the portals small and thin, but she could not keep the creatures from interacting with the wizards. The strain of it took all of Chrys’s strength, and it left her powerless and paralyzed for a century after the portals finally closed. She watched, unable to act, for a hundred years.
While Chrys fought the two dark gods, the True Elves were also trying to seal the portals they had created. The strange and terribile creatures before them bribed and threatened them. The promises of power made the wizards, one by one—some eagerly and some reluctantly—forge alliances with the otherworldly beings. Thus the first warlocks were created.
The newborn warlocks, using their new powers, eventually closed the portals and sealed them off, swearing amongst themselves to never speak of the event again. They went about their daily lives. But Shizaki had touched their minds in their moment of weakness, and the dark tendrils of madness wove into the thoughts of the wizards.
The insanity affected each of them differently, but they all began converting other wizards to their cause, creating new warlocks and dark cults.
Eventually, the cultists and insane followers of Shizaki and Draydor were able to infiltrate all levels of the Enclave, including the Triad (the three ultimate leaders of the Enclave). Once in place, the cultists unleashed the Miasma upon the Tamed Lands. The Miasma poured forth from the Enclave at the center of the Great Forest, spreading disease, death, undeath, and twisted creatures from the various realms across the Untamed Lands.
Chrys awoke from her stupor mere hours after the Miasma was triggered and rallied the other gods (who were trying to assist, but did not know what had happened), explaining what Draydor and Shizaki had done. With concerted effort, and the creation of several new races, the gods were able to fight the Miasma and contain it, though they could not seal the rift that had been torn open. The gods physically manifested and dragged the rift out of the Enclave, slowly transporting it to the deep gorge that split the two mountain ranges. They cast the rift into the depths, but disease, death, and foul creatures still spill forth from the rift, now located at the bottom of the ravine between the Verdant and Dragonspine mountains. The various gods tasked their children with protecting the rift, which poisoned the land all around it, creating The Blight. The gods set protections and guardians around the Great Forest, creating what is now called the Tamed Lands.
Shaken from their complaceny, the True Elves turned away from politics and scattered, creating two factions of the race that began to grow apart. What we now call eladrin are the True Elves who mixed into the societies of other races, trying to promote civilization and culture without controlling it. What we now call elves are the True Elves who faded back into The Great Forest, splitting into small groups, creating tree villages and communing with nature. All the former True Elves swore to protect the land and never let another Miasma occur.
It is rumored that a few True Elves still exist, though no one knows for sure.
A few rare scholars know that a large faction of True Elves—mainly cultists and those who were driven insane— threw themselves into the rift, but their fate is unknown.