The Sundering

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The Sundering was the great schism that split the Elves of the World-that-Was into separate nations, the High Elves and Dark Elves.

The war's immediate cause was the death of the Phoenix King Aenarion the Defender and the Phoenix Court's controversial decision to elect Bel Shanar to succeed him instead of Aenarion's own son Malekith. Although the Phoenix Throne was not hereditary, Malekith nonetheless felt slighted, and, with the encouragement of his mother Morathi, gathered an army of followers and struck at Bel Shanar's court, leading to a long and bitter civil war.

The war ended with Malekith's defeat and withdrawal to Naggaroth, and the divide between the High and Dark Elves endured through the ages until the end of the world.

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Druchii (Dark Elves)
Units Assassin - Beastmaster - Black Ark Fleetmaster - Black Guard - Bleaksword - Cauldron of Blood - Cold One Chariot - Cold One Knight - Corsair - Dark Elf War Altar - Dark Elf City Guard - Dark Rider - Darkshard - Doomfire Warlock - Doomsteed - Dreadlord - Dreadspear - Executioner - Harpy - Kharibdyss - Reaper Bolt Thrower - Shade - Sisters of Slaughter - Sorceress - War Hydra - Witch Elves
Characters Alandrian - Amara - Bracchus - Dijin Katal - Hellebron - Kouran - Lokhir Fellheart - Malekith - Malus Darkblade - Morathi - Rakarth - Ruerl - Seraphon - Sulekh - Tullaris - Urathion - Urian Poisonblade
Cities and outposts Clar Karond - Ghrond - Har Ganeth - Hag Graef - Karond Kar - Naggarond
Black Arks Ark of Naggor - Citadel of Damnation - Citadel of Desolation - Claw of Dominion - Fortress of Eternal Terror - Jade Palace of Pain - Palace of Oblivion - Ravager of Souls - Talon of Agony - Temple of Spite - Tower of Blessed Dread - Tower of Oblivion - Ultimate Oblivion
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