The Sands of Faith
Often they describe themselves as the founders of civilization. They founded both empires and built the first cities in the western region of the Thirteen Kingdoms. This empire fell over a thousand years ago, and little is known about it except that the fall was sudden and catastrophic. The Second Empire is better known an infamous. The Thirteen Eladrin castes joined with their Elf and Drow kin and conquered most of Hawkdel, driving the dwarves deep into their underground cities. They enslaved the other races and used them as the backbone of their labor force building monuments, cities, and armaments for a planned invasion across the sea. This empire fell after the Coming of the Prophets, the Elves retreated back to their deserts, the Drow fortified themselves in their own Empire, and the Eladrin were left as outcasts in the cities that they built.
The other races treat the Eladrin as second class citizens, especially those that originated on Hawdel. Even the Elves frown upon them, claiming that they are responsible for their failed experiment. The Drow blame the Eladrin for the fall of the Second Empire. Most Eladrin remain arrogant and dwell on the glory that was their past. There is much hate brewing for the other races as most see the fall of the empire as a disastrous thing, after all Eladrin were “meant” to rule the other races. Some have attempted to break out of that cycle and have attempted to become more diplomatic towards outsiders, hoping to heal old wounds and educate their brothers and sisters to work together. As a result of the discrimination against them the common Eladrin have become more reclusive and detached from the world outside of theirs.
Every city has an Eladrin district, occasionally walled off and restricted, and most require permits just to travel. Many have traveled to the colonies where they are not treated much better, but legal restrictions are nonexistent. The caste is the primary component in every Eladrin’s life, even more so than family. There are thirteen castes, although some are so secretive that they are rumored by outsiders to have disappeared. Each caste has a series of functions, such as diplomacy or cobbling, that they excel in. Not every member of a caste is only proficient in these endeavors, but a majority of caste members lean towards those professions. In a sense the castes have become Large Eladrin families. Disloyalty to one’s caste is unheard of, one can be thrown out of a caste and those Eladrin have a habit of disappearing for good.