The Dark Elves, who call themselves Druchii, are the arch-enemies of the High Elves. Expert corsairs and pirates they are the scourge of the seas responsible for countless raids. The Dark Elves were cast from their homeland of Ulthuan following a bitter civil war. They are now merciless raiders, dedicating their lives to the infliction of pain and misery of others. The Druchii, are united in their hatred of all other living things, ruled over by Malekith – the dreaded Witch King of Naggaroth.
Government & organisation
Malekith is the undisputed ruler of the Dark Elves. Second only to him is his mother Morathi, who acts as his regent when needed. Below them are the rulers of the cities, the Drachau, aided by the Vaulkhar, commanders of the city-armies. A fringe benefit of these positions is that their lifes belong to Malekith; only he may order their execution and he will punish those who killed his lieutenants.
Cities & outposts
- Naggarond, the Tower of Cold, capital of the realm.
- Ghrond, the North Tower
- Karond Kar, the Tower of Despair
- Hag Graef, the Dark Crag
- Har Ganeth, City of Executioners
- Clar Karond, the Tower of Doom
- The Watchtowers guard the northern border of Naggaroth against the innumerable Chaos warbands.
- The seaworthy Black Arks are home ports of the most important raiding fleets. Most of them seem to be of the size of a small city.
Society & culture
Completely ruthless and utterly merciless are the most appropriate adjectives to describe Dark Elf society. Its economy is based mainly upon slave labour.
The Dark Elves excel at Dhar. Due the Prophecy of Demise officially only Dark Elf women may study the secrets of magic. They become Sorceresses, obliged join a Dark Convent and to swear a life of celibacy.
The Dark Elf army is a very capable force and the Dark Elf navy is the terror of the seas.
Sources & notes
- Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves (4th edition)
- Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves (6th edition)
- Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves (7th edition)