[Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

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[Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Havard » Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:44 pm

Elves believe that they were created by Ordana, thousands of years ago. In the early days, they lived in a paradise-like state, protected by the spirits of the forest. As the elves began exploring the world outside the woods, they encountered other races. Only the Fey Lords still maintained the relationship with the forest spirits that all elves had at one time enjoyed. At the time when the first Thonians settled in the North, King Uhlmar was the ruler of the Northern Elves. King Uhlmar sought to befriend the Thonians and for centuries the two races prospered from this good relationship.

INNOCENCE LOST
It was at this time that a great evil rose in the North. A dark cult, worshipping the deity known as Thanatos, threatened both the Thonian and Elven way of life. This dark army had constructed a stronghold upon the site where the God Temrin was said to have been murdered. The Stronghold was known as the Temple of Id.

King Uhlmar had seen many Thonian Kings be born and die since he first encountered this race. He now proposed an alliance of Elves and Thonians against the Cult of Id. The elf Aquassiru, who was Uhlmar’s friend and General of the elven armies warned the king. Thonian attitudes had changed and the current ruler was not as honorable as his predecessors. However, Uhlmar was confident that the humans would do their part. However as the elven army marched on the forces of Id, the Thonians pulled out, leaving the Elves to fend for themselves. General Aquassiru realized that his worst fears had come true. He had to make a hard choice. Drawing his sword, he bravely charged the enemy, demonstrating such courage that all his elven warriors were inspired. The elves came out victorious and the Temple of Id was destroyed. The enemy was defeated, but the victory had taken its toll on the elves. Many elves were dead. General Aquassiru had suffered a fatal wound. Upon his death bed, the General asked that his soul was to be transferred into his sword, so that he might serve future generations of elves as an advisor. The sword would be known as Tel’Aquassiru, or Feyhold.

DECLINE OF THE ELVES
The aging king, Uhlmar, was gravely saddened by the loss of his friend. Many elves now turned against the king, blaming Uhlmar for putting too much trust in the humans. The king was even more deeply hurt to learn that the leader of these elves was his own daughter, Princess Ceridrone. The princess declared herself ruler of the elves of the west. Her followers called themselves the Westryn and wowed never to trust humans again. Uhlmar was dying of extreme old age. As a young prince, he had been one of the elves to first venture outside the forests. At the end of his reign, he was now seeing the decline of the elven race. On his death bed he cursed his daughter and the elves of Westryn, a curse that would lay on this race until this day.

King Uhlmar’s successor was his son, Noris Ithamis, whose wife had recently given birth to their young son, Menander. King Noris became the leader of those elves who had remained loyal to Uhlmar, from now on known as the Cumasti. King Noris did not however, wear the True Crown of the Elves, as it had been lost with Uhlmar. It has been said that this Crown might hold the secrets of restoring the elven race, but many young elves dismiss this as a mere legend.
Ceridrone, now known only as the Black Queen of the Westryn was the ruler of a Cursed Race. She let dark things crawl into her withering forest realm, losing all care for life. Spirits of the dead began to haunt her halls. Today the paths to the City of the Black Queen are all but forgotten.

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Re: [Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Azaghal » Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:06 am

Thanks Havard, some really great stuff. I love the break between the Elves and in a way it brings in the a black/necromantic elven group and several artifacts, 2 anyway. The sword and Uhlmar`s crown.
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Re: [Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Chimpman » Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:19 pm

And of course... I want to know what happens to both of these groups after the GRoF. Any ideas Havard?
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Re: [Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Havard » Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:01 pm

Azaghal wrote:Thanks Havard, some really great stuff. I love the break between the Elves and in a way it brings in the a black/necromantic elven group and several artifacts, 2 anyway. The sword and Uhlmar`s crown.

Thanks!

I think I need to explain some of the background for writing this. Most of the elements in this legend are not my creation. These were things that were mentioned in the D20 line of Blackmoor. However, rather than giving a complete writeup like what I have given above, the D20 line dropped small hints here and there, scattered throughout various books. I actually had to write down the story in order to figure out what really had happened.

The following things are my inventions:

1) I created the characters Uhlmar and Noris Ithamis as well as naming Uhlmar's daughter Ceridrone, rather than just 'the Black Queen'. The names were taken from various places in the D20 book. Noris is named after the Noris Wood, or rather I imagine that the wood is named after him.
2) I linked the Origin of the Elves from the Hollow World boxed set to the D20 DAB Fey Lord Prestige Class.
3) I connected the Elf Human alliance to the destruction of the Temple of Id, and many of the details on the Cult of Id are my ideas or based on ideas from discussions in this forum.

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Re: [Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Havard » Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:04 pm

Chimpman wrote:And of course... I want to know what happens to both of these groups after the GRoF. Any ideas Havard?
Hard to say. According to DA1, there are elves in the Known World who are descended from Menander Ithamis. Most likely this line would have passed through the Wendar elves. I would like to say that the Curse was lifted. However, part of the curse is that Westryn elves cannot produce offspring with humans (ie halfelves), whereas Cumasti are able to.


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Re: [Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Azaghal » Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:44 pm

I think that you have created a great addition to your Blackmoor lore just by exprapolating the bits and pieces that you have to work with. Fantastic work Havard.
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Re: [Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Havard » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:09 pm

Azaghal wrote:I think that you have created a great addition to your Blackmoor lore just by exprapolating the bits and pieces that you have to work with. Fantastic work Havard.
Thanks Azaghal!

Some of my sources:
a) The True Crown of the Elves was mentioned in the BM Player's Guide
b) Tel'Aquassiri is described in the 4E Sourcebook.
c) Other information is found at various points in the d20 DAB Campaign Book.

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Re: [Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Yaztromo » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:57 pm

Havard wrote:
Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:09 pm
a) The True Crown of the Elves was mentioned in the BM Player's Guide
b) Tel'Aquassiri is described in the 4E Sourcebook.
Great objects to be woven into high level adventures... :cool:
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Re: [Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Sturm » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:16 am

Mentioned this story in Threshold issue #20, I suppose the Black Queen could still be alive somewhere in the wasteland which is now where former Blackmoor was :)

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Re: [Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Havard » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:46 pm

Sturm wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:16 am
Mentioned this story in Threshold issue #20, I suppose the Black Queen could still be alive somewhere in the wasteland which is now where former Blackmoor was :)
Nice Sturm! I assume you mean in modern day Mystara? :)

Of course it all depends on what the Black Queen had become already at the time of Blackmoor. I think "alive" might be debatable. Around? More likely perhaps :twisted:

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Re: [Elves] Legend of King Uhlmar

Post by Sturm » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:13 am

Yes undead obviously :) I imagine the Wasteland of today inhabited by all bad things of Old Blackmoor, now also contaminated by magical radiations and armed with dangerous technomagic devices :)
The Black Queen, the Ash Goblins, the Cult of the Frog and obviously the Egg :)

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