Due to their Magi coruption and physical changes they have become known as the Fell Elves of which are still a branch of the Sindar Elves due to their calling of themselves Sindar Elves.
Although the San'Layn do not know yet, the voice their queen heard that told her to go to Icecrown was the voice of the Dark Lord Sauron . The Queen now knows who is giving her all the advise, and who is now her lord, but she keeps this from her people lest they lose faith in her power.
The San'Layn were originally founded by Drasen Lanathel during the days of the Elven Civil War. Illidan was the architect of their creation but he only cared about more power and because of this he left Drasen in charge of actually forming his idea into a true organization.
Throughout the Elven Civil War there numbers increased as Drasen recruited large numbers from the Dark Elves that were invading the Ulthuan coastline. This continued for the entirety of the civil war and ended with the wars end. With the civil war came the exodus of the Sindar Elves from Ulthuan, and this meant Illidan's love Tyrande was leaving so he was going as well. The San'Layn followed Illidan to France, and Athel Loren, and took up residence within the forest for many centures slowly growing in number over this time.
Lothlorian Civil War
Main Article : Lothlorian Civil War
Leaving Athel Loren
During the days leading up to the Lothlorian Civil War , the third internal group of the forest called the San'Layn became very intertwined in the affairs of the forest.
Travelling to Icecrown
Following the fall out of the Sunwell Massacre, the followers of Queen Lanellia Lanethen would mobilize and began leaving Athel Loren en masse or else they would be targeted and killed by a very vengeful Lothlorian Elven population. As the Queen led the San'Layn from Athel Loren the group that she left were only several hundred San'Layn in number accompanied by nearly twice that number in Lothlorian captives. With no plan at hand other then Queen Lanellia following the voice in her head the group simply marched northward following the river Manex, where eventually the group reached the outlining hills of the mountains of Pyreese and it was at this point that Queen Lanathel had a vision that the San'Layn should enter the mountains.
Main Article : Netherstorm
| The Netherstorm|
This was meant to destroy us but I believe it shall be our salvation.
With the situation in the Kingdom of Lothlorian undergoing a dramatic growth there seemed nothing that could stop them from growing more and more. The threat from the Trollocs and Orcs were little due to the massive defences around the Gatekeeps, and the growing military. Quel'Thalas was too busy surviving against the Trollocs to actually put up any kind of threat to them so internal issues were the discussion of the day inside the Kingdom of Lothlorian. This would change in a moment with the arrival of Tenris Mirkblood of whome was one of the princes of the San'Layn. Tenris arrived in Athel Loren on the northern border and met with members of the silent remaining members of the San'Layn in Athel Loren. This group snuck him inside of the kingdom and past the runestones meant to protect the kingdom from such individuals. As he arrived in the western part of the forest he and his members would begin setting up the ritual that was meant to tear the forest apart from within. Tenris Mirkblood created a portal which he used to summon in the prepared armies of the San'Layn. The moment the portal was opened though the Lothlorians understood that something was wrong and they mobilized themselves to repel the invaders, and in these early moments the Lothlorians who were attacking without knowledge of the Tempest Keep found themselves with a great advantage. As the Lothlorians mobilized they discovered that they were facing a large threat when the San'Layn moved Tempest Keep through the portal. Tempest Keep was a truly massive floating fortress that was manned by hundreds of San'Layn and thousands of their undead solders as well.
Main Article : Tempest Keep
The Tempest Keep acted as a massive fortress which would block the relief forces from being able to attack Tenris Mirkblood and his attempts to destroy the Sunwell through the use of the spell. The Lothlorians attempted to attack Tempest Keep but discovered that the fortress was massively defended and had extreme firepower which could only be stopped by actually assualting the keep itself. The keep was defended on the ground by the massive army of the undead and since it was in floating in the air only an air assault could dislodge the fortress. As the spell reached its closing point the Magisters in the Sunwell begin to enact spells in an attempt to delay the spell being cast, and this caused a massive battle between the two forces with the San'Layn already so far ahead that they were pushing the Magisters massively in the wrong direction. As the Magi battle turned against them they discovered the water around the Sunwell litterly tearing itself apart with the power of the spell.
Assault on the Eye
With the spell nearing completion the Lothlorians launched a massive air assault led by Kael'Thalas, and many of his luitenants invading all across the Keep. As the assault continued the defenders of whome were mainly elite San'Layn defenders along with Prince Taldarum of whome defended the main theatre of the Tempest Keep in the Eye. As the defenders fell one by one to the attacking Lothlorians they discovered that the Lothlorians took control of the Mechanar one of the three platforms of the Tempest Keep. With control of the Mechanar they flooded attacks against the Eye where the Lothlorians were now in an all out attack on in an attempt to take it before the spell was completed. In the Eye Kael'Thalas battled Taldarum and after a tough battle he beat Taldarum but he was saved from death by Haernene Kellblood who whisked his broken body from the Eye surrendering Tempest Keep to the Lothlorians. With the fall of Tempest Keep the Lothlorian army proceeded to beat back the undead army defending Tenris and they entered the summoning area just as Tenris was nearing completeting.
Creation of Netherstorm
As the two forces battled to stop or allow Tenris to complete the spell the entire situation became too late when Tenris unleashed his Magi in the air and as the beam came back down and he prepared to push it towards the Sunwell Kael'Thalas unleashed a massive bolt of Magi at Tenris which caused the instant death of all of his companion summoners, and caused Tenris to fall to the ground and thereby the spell continued straight down and pushed straight into the ground causing a massive explosion. When the explosion cleared the San'Layn were gone as they had been taken away by the power of the spell as the portal to Icecrown had collapsed. The Lothlorians picked themselves up and surveyed the damage. A massive crater had been created throughout the west of Athel Loren from which the sky above was litterly a purple tinge from the power of the spell. Standing in the middle of the storm remained Tempest Keep of which pieces of the keep had fallen from the sky and were scattered throughout the land. With a massive portion of the forest now known as the Netherstorm the Lothlorian Elves realized that they had an external threat in the form of the San'Layn.
As the Lothlorian Elves surveyed the damage though they found the remains of two destoyed satelites from the Tempest Keep, and they had broken into pieces all across the Netherstorm, and out of the tears in the world itself had formed. Zerevor Sunsorrow and several other Magi were able to tap into these rifts and with hundreds of workers brought in from the capital they were able to seal them behind the remains of the satelites. As they continued to work they discovered that they could harnass some of the releasing energy into cubes of which contained pure pieces of the Fade, and the Magi itself. With this in mind Kael'Thalas would form the Order of the Netherstorm under the command of Zerevor Sunsorrow and they would be charge of creating these Magi cubes from the Mana forges set up throughout the Netherstorm.
The San'Layn are based around the Pyreese Mountain range in central France. The mountains lie north west of the San'Layn old home of Athel Loren .
The amount of the precipitation the range receives, including rain and snow, is much greater in the western than in the eastern Pyrenees, because of the moist air that blows in from the Atlantic Ocean over the Bay of Biscay. After dropping its moisture over the western and central Pyrenees, the air is usually dry over the eastern Pyrenees. The winter average temperature is -2 °C (28.4 °F). Sections of the mountain range vary in more than one respect. Some glaciers are found in the western and especially the snowy central Pyrenees, but the eastern Pyrenees are without any glaciers - with the quantity of snow falling there being insufficient to cause their development. The glaciers are confined to the northern slopes of the central Pyrenees, and do not descend, like those of the Alps, far down into the valleys, but have their greatest lengths along the direction of the mountain chain. They form, in fact, in a narrow zone near the crest of the highest mountains. Here, as in the other great mountain ranges of central Europe, there is great evidence of a much wider extension of the glaciers during the Ice Ages. The case of the glacier in the valley of Argeles Gazost, between Lourdes and Gavarnie, in the département of Hautes-Pyrénées is the best-known instance. The snow-line varies in different parts of the Pyrenees from about 2,700 to 2,800 metres above sea level.
Points of Interest
The only settlement held by the San'Layn is the gargantuan city of Icecrown Citadel. But surrounding this city are many towers and holds that are inhabited by the San'Layn. While Icecrown Citadel holds the vast majority of the population of the San'Layn there are small populations in the smaller fortresses, but all in all the major population (more then 50%) resides within Icecrown Citadel.
See Also : Icecrown Citadel
Icecrown Citadel is a massive fortress city built in the Peerese mountains of central France that holds the capital and center of the San'Layn Kingdom.
Icecrown citadel in its present state begin following the events of the Lothlorian Civil War when the San'Layn were driven out of Athel Loren and forced to travel north. During this travel the San'Layn were driven to mountains of Pyreese by voices in the mind of Queen Lenethel, and when they arrived she used a massive skeleton army to create the massive fortress as it exists today.
Icecrown Citadel has a very low living population with less then a thousand San'Layn living here, as the majority of San'Layn live in Caurtunia then in the Queens fortress of Icecrown.
See Also : Aurentania
Aurentania is a mighty factory city to the west of Icecrown Citadel l. Aurentania is massive in its size, but within the actual city the number of San'Layn is diminitive and most of the inhabitints and workers are the skeletal workforce of the San'Layn.
Aurentania along with being a massive factory for the production of the armor, and weapons of the vast skeletal armies of the San'Layn is also a testing grounds of such for the greatest of the San'Layn Magi, and for this reason it has a very small amount of actual San'Layn but has two princes within its holds.
See Also : Caurtunia
Caurtunia or "The Pit of Saron" is city that lies behind the might city of Icecrown Citadel . The city is the largest center of population of San'Layn in the Kingdom, but it is far exclipsed by the endless horde of skeletons that live in the vast fortress of Icecrown Citadel.
The pit of Saron is very important because it is the site of the Saron stone which is the San'Layn's anwser to the loss of the Sunwell. Saron is a device which has remarkably similar properties to the power of the Sunwell, and in this the San'Layn have stip mined the area in their constant search for more and more of Saron.
The goverment of San'Layn is a dictatorship ruled through the power of the Queen of the San'Layn. The Queen then passes power down to her Princes, who then pass power to their commanders.
See Also : Queen Lanathel
The San'Layn are led by Queen Lanathel who has ruled since San'Layn was founded. She maintains Princes, who are all of her numerous children, and a few very loyal servents as the commanders of her Kingdom.
Once a noble women who loved the wild, she became currupted by the mighty powers she recieved through her abusive use of the Sunwell. This coruption wrecked her mind, and when she finally began to recover she begin hearing the voice of Malekor while taking her people into the Icecrown Mountains. SInce this moment she has been a loyal servent of Malekor, and does his bidding without question.
The Princes are the second command ring of the San'Layn and are chosen based on the fact that they are all sons of Queen Lanathel, so in this way they are deemed to be beyond loyal to the Queen.