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The Legend of the Capture of Altarin by Demons, Following the Defeat of the Black dragons of Brûm. The story most likely is apocryphal; Altarin likely died in the Battle of Polforia.

Altarin, Emperor of the Elves (? - 2220 a.a.H, Brûm?)

Altarin, sometimes known as Altarin the Lost or Altarin the Lost Emperor was a High Elven Emperor of the Empire of Whide Axis from the 2147 a.a.H. to his disappearance in the Battle of Polforia during the First War of the Power, at the 2220 a.a.H. After he disappeared, without the confirmation of his death, the Imperial Throne will remain vacant.

EarlyEdit

Currently unknown. Presumably involved in the politics of the White Party.

As EmperorEdit

Imperial AimsEdit

Altarin was a particularly astute and charismatic emperor, with great ambition for a renewal of the empire. He aimed to reinstitute the Imperial authority in the Whide Axis, he clashed with the Purple Party of the Wizards for the control of the empire, being feared a long delayed civil war between the Purple Party of the Wizards and the White Party, supporters of the Emperor was becoming inevitable.

Human DelegationEdit

The arrival of human refugees from the First War of the Power decided Altarin to get the Empire involved in the war as a great opportunity. The effects of organizing and prosecuting a war on such a scale was hoped to bring the High elves together, refresh the military power of the empire and emperor, and centralize imperial control. This would finally break the deadlock with the Purple Party in favor of White Party ideals and imperial power. Altarin was also hoping as well to recreate the former overseas empire of the Whide Axis so as to make the High elves players on a global scale again.

Altarin had demanded the right to plant new colonies on the continent of Aels and to largely become the ruler of many or most of the elves living there. The elves being the Grey elfs, Sylvan elfs, Hebonnor, Blood elfs currently serving the enemy, and even surface Dark Elfs, particularly the Flairie whom the Empire of Whide Axis had conquered and long ruled over long ago.

Preparations for Intercontinental WarEdit

the Emperor of the Elves Altarin will sign the human-High Elven alliance of the Whide Axis in the year 2208 a.a.H. As well, as he prepared for external war, Altarin signed in the city of the wizards of the coast of Dahl'Haran the White and Purple Concordate, in which basically was a call to stop the confrontations and machinations between the Purple and White parties for the duration of the absence of the emperor, who was going to fight in Aels. Just as importantly, he secured High Elven military forces from all corners on a scale never before seen, and arranged to have them supplied despite the Purple Party being aware that these were developments that he might use against them.

Speculation: The Purple Party might have allowed this, so as to place Altarin on another continent, away from home and whatever he might attempt to do domestically? Doubtlessly, the Purple Party probably got something out of the deal as well to allow this war and the centralization of power that goes with it, to take place?

Arrival in the continent of AelsEdit

Altarin and his 120 thousand strong High Elven army arrived in Aels in 2209 a.a.H. This was the first army of High Elves to arrive on a continent that they had once conquered in over two thousand years.

First Battles of High Elves Against the DemonsEdit

The alliance armies of High Elves and various human forces arrived on southern Aels taking the Dark Legion completely by surprise, and quickly liberated some lands and won important first victories.

Siege of HortannEdit

The 'Unholy Mountain' Hortann, the headquarters of the Dark Legion in the south of Aels, was put to a long siege. Defeat of demon defenders, and soldiers of the Negeémi hegemony of the Drow.

Battle of the Titanizk MountainsEdit

High Elven main army with Altarin fell upon a great host of Dark Legion troops in retreat in 2217 a.a.H. This was a crushing defeat for the Demonic Dark Legion, Altarin would personally engage the so called 'Queen of the Drow', Queen Miz'ri Vrinn of Negeémiliel in a personal duel, and killed her. This would have the effect of taking the southern drow of Aels out of the war.

Trouble at HomeEdit

The Purple Party began to obstruct the amount and regularity of supplies going to Aels, and taking greater control of politics in the empire. Their aim for doing this is unknown, probably to deny Altarin what was starting to look like an inevitable victory by forcing him into delays and then giving up his foreign adventures. Supplies and reinforcements did indeed begin to arrive in lesser amounts, and with less regularity.

Altarin was furious at this, and vowed to exact eventual vengeance against the 'traitors'. He began to recruit local Grey elf peoples and others for reinforcements, and for closer and more regular supplies, much more aggressively. He became much more eager to push towards a final decisive battle to gain his victory which was important to him politically, and had perhaps become an obsession for multiple reasons?

Speculation: The Purple Party was very successful in their efforts to hinder their emperor, being much more successful than they had expected. Perhaps the endless war was beginning to become very unpopular, even among the High elf citizens of the White Party? The High Elves committed 120 thousand soldiers in the invasion, with many tens of thousands of reinforcements arriving in the first few years after the empire entered the war to free the continent of Aels and defeat the demons. After years of expensive and deadly warfare and long sieges, it is possible enthusiasm had fallen greatly?

PolforiaEdit

Entering Polforia and Questions of SuppliesEdit

The allied armies of Humans and High Elves chased their quarry into the great, enclosed land of Polforia Demon efforts to stop them from entering the country through its defensible passes were clearly unsuccessful. Doubtlessly Altarin found supplies and elven recruits ever harder to come by within Polforia.

It is unknown at this point whether the humans were able to marshal the freed lands for supplies and recruits or in the long conquered lands of the Five Kingdoms of the Northwest at this time. The Empire of Whide Axis may have provided most of the supplies in the beginning and perhaps for some time?

VanishingEdit

Altarin entered into the 'Dustlands' of the country known as Brûm. There, in 2220 a.a.H., the High Elves faced against armies of the well regimented and equipped red skinned Brûmer Orcs, human soldiers of that land, and terrifyingly, the Black dragons of Brûm. This was part of the campaign known as the Battle of Polforia, where the tired allies faced off against not just Dark Legion remnant legions, but also Dark Legions that were still in good order, and had yet to taste defeat. Altarin and his greatest warriors and wizards stood before powerful demons and the Black Dragons, and also, the Dragongod member of the Seven Demon Princes, king of the black dragons, Barûm.

In the end, the armies of orcs, demons and dragons were defeated, and Barûm and his dragon guardians were killed. But the loss of allied life was horrendous, and the great Emperor of the Elves, Altarin, had...'disappeared'. In all probability, 'disappeared' being a euphemism for 'killed' or 'missing and presumed dead'. Many reports and sightings exist of heroes saving Altarin in battle, of Altarin being captured on the field by demons. But, whatever the truth, Altarin had vanished.

Speculation: There is a story that the dragon-king Barûm attacked Altarin directly. One of the emperor's knights sacrificing himself to kill the great dragon to spare the life of the Emperor of the Elves. One might wonder if perhaps Barûm and Altarin both died in this 'duel'? Indeed, for Altarin to personally face the 'King of the Dragons' has a parallel of his facing and successfully dispatching the 'Queen of the Drow', Miz'ri Vrinn not so long earlier. It might be that Altarin was being overcome by a fervent sense of destiny? But this remains a subject of conjecture as there is little evidence to know his mental state.

And, of course, Altarin might have been similarly killed by any of a number of the black dragons or demons that day, and have similarly disappeared without an obvious trace. Such was the intensity of dragon and demon flame and spells that many elven corpses were left as little more than ash or impersonal charred and melted lumps on the field of battle.

Reasons for Altarin to disappearEdit

While the fate of rulers, even on a battlefield are most commonly known, this was a battle like no other with much paranormal force directed against the leaders. It would not be so surprising for the emperor and much of his retinue to become virtually disembodied corpses. Additionally, there was little to be gained in a death that might not have seemed so glorious, or with the sure knowledge that a dead emperor would mean a great blow to the aims of the White Party and Altarin's ambitions. Hence, to maintain incoming supplies and to keep the army in the field until the end, Altarin might have HAD to 'disappear'?

Of course, it is not unreasonable that the high elves could not bear the thought of such a heroic leader dying after fighting and winning for so long. Certainly, morale in the army and of the allies would suffer,

Additionally, even after the Battle of Polforia was over, three years of siege of the demon city of Dol-Nur would be required, and a final battle with the great Bazrrod demons and demon princes, including the great Saatan. The hope that Altarin was imprisoned in a cell in Dol-Nur kept morale from further sinking, and the operations to defeat the demons alive with an additional goal of saving their emperor who had now become a legend.

However, Altarin was not to be found imprisoned in a cell in Dol-Nur, if, indeed, he had ever been there at all. After he vanished in the Battle of Polforia, he was never to be seen again.

LegacyEdit

Disappointment of the White PartyEdit

While the White Party had leveraged the 'martyred' warrior emperor into an attempt to further imperial ambitions, and General Saerchaner, (Saerchanar the Fake), had become overall leader of the High Elf expeditionary army, treated with humans to achieve Altarin's goals, the Purple Party used Altarin's 'disappearance without death' to refuse to allow any new claimant to the throne to be anointed emperor of the elves. So while Saerchaner enjoyed much support of the military and the White Party as a popular, capable and logical successor, The White Party seemed unable or unwilling to counter the logic of the Purple Party, perhaps in the despair of the political failures in the aftermath of the war.

Perhaps the First War of the Power that was meant to cement a centralized imperial authority and invigorate the White Party, had actually been a disappointment and ultimately served the anti-imperial ambitions of the Purple Party instead?

Colonial EffectsEdit

In the short term, the vanished emperor who had become a legend achieved some of his ambitions of new High Elf colonies in Aels. A number of colonies were set up in and around Polforia, and some communities of Grey elves such as those of Dol-Sorne, fell under the jurisdiction of the Empire of Whide Axis for a time.

Altarin's efforts did bring high elves such as Belád Bonceduil out of Ushaenor, and brought grey elves to Ushaenor where elves did not need to answer to humans.

However, without Altarin, the relations between High elves and humans soon turned to anger and distrust, indeed, there had been increasing friction between the two races for years in the war. After some years of effort and interest in new colonies, the projects came to be abandoned, and the colonies eventually failed, and grey elves would fall back under human control.

Meanwhile, in Ushaenor, due to the isolationist policies of the Purple Party and the Golden High Elves of the Northwest of Ushaenor, and the general weakness and 'rudderless' imperial authority, the humans called the Ushavericans, living in the northeast would grow and develop their lands and trade with the ocean-going kingdom of Sargos. This would enhance the overseas empire and incomes of Sargos, which would ultimately place a colony in northeast Ushaenor, and later annex the divided lands of the Ushaverican humans into the kingdom of Ne'Sargos. The empire of the High Elves grown too weak to stop them, and this would ultimately help make Sargos-Degoland the strongest kingdom of the continent of Aels.

Altarin's plan to fight the demons to create new colonies on another continent and gain control of some of the peoples already living there worked--but only for the humans. The reverse of what he had been aiming for.

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