The Eastlind Kingdom was once a vast contested area of land encompassing the Eastern corners of the Cardinal Rose. Her history is intimately tied to Contact Rapture. The influence of Contact Rapture continues to this very day. What happens in Eastlind is deeply protected. They are not known to allow any travelers without Royal Writs. Not only must there be Royal Writs, but they must be at or above the levels of Princes/Princesses. Furthermore, the foreign Royal Writ must be notarized by the royalty of the Eastlind Kingdom as well. Because of this custom, the Eastlind Kingdom still remains much of a mystery.
The Elves were the first to have a proper written language. While there was a written language of sorts all across the Cardinal Rose, Elvish was the first to use letters. Other written languages were prone to ambiguity and interpretation because of their use of pictograms and symbols. Elvish was also standardized, blending the major dialects across their proto-kingdoms. Because of this standardization, they were also the first to incorporate the basis of the customs seen to this very day:
- Written language
- The Philosophical Method
The days leading to Contact Rapture
Not much is known about how the Elves knew that a gigantic spacerock was to hit their kingdom. Not much is known where they went. It is speculated they went across the oceans into foreign lands. Maybe they left for lands that were not devastated by the effects of Contact Rapture. What is known is that they left for 1,000 years, entirely missing the Ten Century Agony. Their exodus has been closely guarded. No one truly knows what happened during their time away from Eastlind.
The Elvish Armada
Because there is no verifiable evidence, artifacts, or any form of information regarding their time spent during the Ten Century Agony, we must ignore that time period. Their sudden and explosive resurgence is known as the Elvish Armada
The Dwarves had taken the Eastlind for themselves. It was an uncontested claim, as during the Ten Century Agony, races were more focused on the basic necessity of surviving the day. The effect of the spacerock hitting Eastlind collected ores, minerals, and precious metals into vein deposits. The immense heat and liquefaction of the land surrounding the impact site created many such veins. These were excellent treasures for the Dwarves, who soon began to extract these treasures and started to work them into weapons, armor, bullion, ingots, and jewelry.
The return of the Elves marked the end of the Dwarves’ above-land living. They came back without warning. Initially, the Elves had diplomatically asked the Dwarves to simply move from whence they came. The Dwarves did not want to give up the riches of Eastlind without a fight. The Elvish Armada had begun.
The Six Week Campaign
The short lived campaign was not without massive bloodshed. The Elves had ultimately driven the Dwarves out of Eastlind and into the Underdark. An interesting side-note is that most of the Six Week Campaign was spent in relative peace. Ironic considering the amount of destruction that was produced. The initial diplomatic option was met with derision and laughter. Dwarven King Garuk Redfist had banished the Elves to the very edge of the continent.
The Banishment of the Elves
Their banishment to the shores of the Silme Ëar (Starlight Sea) was the very beginning of the Six Week Campaign. The Elves warned King Redfist that they will be back to reclaim their lands without mercy or compassion. The Dwarves had a false sense of security and largely left the Elves alone to their own devices.
Their banishment to the shores of Silme Ëar was fortuitous. Ironwood was plentiful in this area. As was the sedgebrush. With these two plants, the Elves had their means to start their Six Week Campaign. The resources of ironwood and the sedgebrush procured their martial arms/armor and paper for arcane scrolls, respectively.