The Dark Elves main branch is the Druchii Empire ruled by Melakith of whom was the founder of this branch following his failed attempt to rise within the High Elves. There is considerable discussion that the Lothlorian Elves have litterly evolved into different appearance then their main branch of the Elven Race due to their behavior.
Once there were just two seperate societies of Elves the Sindar and the High Elves. Eventually in search of ever increasing need for stimulation and learning many High Elves turned to the pursuit of the Cult of Pleasure of which was in actuality nothing more then the worship of Slanaash. The cult swiftly brought many noble Elves to the cause of madness, and under the leadership of Morathi this cult spread to signifcant numbers including eventually Melakith of whom rose to nearly the Pheonix King but was rejected igniting a massive Civil War which led to the splitting of the High Elves and the forming of the Dark Elves. The Dark Elves would land themselves in Nord America where they would form the Druchii Empire and expand themselves in the region with the eventual hope of retaking their homeland of Ulthuan.
The Dark Elves are followers of the Cult of Pleasure which is the name for the religion of worshipping after Slanaash, and while at first something of a cult it has become a logitimit religion with vast controls over the Druchii Kingdom.
The Creation of the Elves
Main Article : Elves
Slanaash was one of the first Titans created, and among his earliest works was the creation of the Elves of whom would come to dominate the continent of Ulthuan which he birthed from the ocean with the help of his fellow Titans. In order to bring these Elves to Ulthuan he fashioned seventeen pairs of males and females forming the seventeen Elder Houses of whom would begin to populate the island of Ulthuan. Wanting to expand them quicker Slanaash would create hundreds of more pairs of whom came to Ulthuan and became known as the Great Houses of Ulthuan, and thus allowed the population to expand even quicker. During this time Slanaash walked Ulthuan constantly as he was obsessively in love with the Elves alongside his beloved Artemis of whom became the almost mother of the Elves, and during this early time Slanaash and Artemis would form the early foundations of the Elven Pantheon based around Slanaash's persona as Asuryan.
Splitting of the Elves
Within the Elven society they were created by the first generation Titan Slanaash of whom ruled over the Elves during the time before the Titan Civil War with a close hand, but as he became corupted he drifted away from the Earth spending most of his time in the Fade where the first of the Dark Elves became formed under his leadership, and led by the Fade Dark Elf Drazsar of whom as one of the Elven Pantheon fell to the influence of Slanaash and led a part of the Elven people into the Fade where they followed Chaos.
The War of Vengeance
The War of Vengeance would be a conflict that would waste away the once vast armies of Ulthuan, and pave the way for the Dark Elves to launch their takeover plans.
The Elven Civil War
Main Article : Elven Civil War
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We had survived the destruction of our home from demons. Gods had tried to destroy us. It was only ourselves who could truly end us.
According to birthright, Malekith, son of the first Phoenix King Aenarion a member of the House of Aestarion, and an Elven enchantress called Morathi born of the House of Beren, was the rightful successor to the throne of Ulthuan. But when Aenarion Aestarion died, the ruling Council of Princes decided that Malekith was too impetuous and warlike, as Aenarion had led the Elves through a great war and the population was extremely weary of conflict. Declaring that Malekith was not fit to rule, they selected another to sit on the throne - Bel Shanaar Elwe the prince of Tiranoc, a member of the House of Elwe, and a hero of the war. Malekith was instead given the rank of High General and supreme commander of the armies. This suited him well, as he was an outstanding warrior and peerless general, just as his father was. During his time in the army he wandered the globe, and with his mother's guidance, started experimenting with Dark Magic. After some time, Malekith became discontent. In his mind the Elves must be a warlike people to face the ever-growing menace from the forces of Chaos. He became increasingly critical of the Princes, who grew soft and complacent under the protection of his armies. Worse yet, the Cult of Pleasure, a society of poets and artists, founded by Morathi herself, turned out to be a Cult of Slanaash. Their practices were taking root in Elf society, being particularly strong in Nagarythe. Upon hearing of this, Malekith took personal command of the investigation and used this power to eliminate his political enemies, accusing them falsely of being cultists and executing them without trial.
It was then that Malekith saw his chance to seize his birthright. He claimed Bel-Shanaar was a worshipper of Slaanesh. Soon after the accusation, Bel-Shanaar died of poisoning. Those loyal to the Council accused Malekith of assassination. Those loyal to Malekith claimed Bel-Shanaar committed suicide out of shame. The argument between Malekith and the Council of Princes turned violent, and Malekith and his followers killed most of the Princes, claiming to save Ulthuan. Now the Council was destroyed, Malekith had only to pass through the Sacred Fire of Asuryan, king of the Elven Gods. He stepped forwards, confident he would pass the ordeal just as his father did. Yet the Sacred Flame burned him, scarring him horrifically. His followers claimed treachery - that the fires must have been corrupted by magic to reject even the rightful heir. They fled back to the province of Nagarythe, and in confusion over the death of their king and council, the High Elves (comprised of the other Kingdoms of Ulthuan, and a small body of resistance in Nagarythe which would later become the Shadow Warriors) did not pursue. Near death, Malekith was taken to one of his mother's temples. His body had healed sufficiently, but his mind was destroyed beyond repair and he had gone insane. He knew of the need to lead his followers into battle against the High Elves, but also knew his withered body would not survive the battle. Morathi called upon Hotek, a renegade priest of Vaul, to forge the Armour of Midnight, a suit of armour that would give life and strength to Malekith's flame-ravaged body. The armour fused directly to his skin, forming a sorcerous shell granting him immense supernatural powers. From that day forth, Malekith was known as the "Witch King", for he truly had become a figure of dread. Once healed, Malekith was consumed with a bitter hatred for those who has resisted him . He summoned those Elves who were loyal to him to aid him in taking the throne by force. This included a large part of the standing military, most of his home province of Nagarythe and many other Elves throughout Ulthuan who believed in Malekith's cause.
|Morathi||Witch Queen of Druchii||Nord America||Alive|
|Malekith||Witch King of Druchii||Nord America||Alive|
|Illidan Stormrage||High Lord of Outland||Asia, Outland||Alive|