The elves were born on the night the moon goddess and her court of stars wept for the world then the throes of the dragon civil wars. The tears of these heavenly beings are said to have sprung up from the ground as the first elves. Proud, somber, and fiercely independent, the elves knew they were fated to overthrow the Dragon tyrants and usher in a new era of peace, art, and magic. Naturally, the elves expected that they would be the stern but benevolent rulers of a world they rescued from draconian destruction. Learning to manipulate arcane magic through study of its ebbs and flows, the elves were the first to walk the path of wizardry. Combining their affinity for magic with their courage and quick reflexes, the elves hunted and slew dragons and their minions across forest and plains. Lesser races bowed before their elvish saviors and joined them in their crusade to end the dragons forever. The quest came to a grinding halt when the elves encountered another race that needed no saving, and had no intentions of acknowledging the elves rightful place as guardians and rulers of the world. The dwarves and elves soon came to blows and centuries of violence followed.
Although it is hard to say which side started using slave soldiers first, it is recorded fact that the elves first impressed, then enslaved humans and other primitive races into their service. The wars took their toll on the elvish empire, with their slow rate of reproduction, every elvish life lost was felt keenly. Eventually it was only their advanced magic that kept the dwarven forces at bay, and the tide of war was turning against them. In a last act of desperation, the elves unleashed the greatest display of mortal magic the world has ever seen. The Elvish spell blasted the dwarven mountains into a crater. Unfortunately for the elves, the spell was so powerful it sundered the continent, and brought the ocean pouring in, drowning most of the elvish empire under the new sea.
Since the Cataclysm, The elves have been split into various competing factions, each claiming to be the true successor of the empire. They have had to fight numerous slave rebellions, losing many lands to their former captives.