The great dark
The Sa’bal’s era
Not much is known about the multiple dark elves tribes that inhabited the northern and central parts of Gallièl, not even what those elder dark elves called themselves. As far as concerned, they were mostly a nomadic society living from the hunt and the vast forests of the central wetlands of country of Ozz. No traces, especially their burial mounds, of the Sa’bal people’s presence exists beyond the mountains east and west of now Ozèrit, suggesting they never crossed them, or if so in too thin number to leave a mark. They were so name, by our contemporary, because of the numerous effigies of and obscure and almost forgotten goddess of fertility and death, Sa’bal, were discovered in graves and ruins. In the old tales, she’s often associated to Molog’Bol, either by marriage or as his kin, sometimes even both. This society seemed centered around elders and their families, relations outside the familial unit were sparse, hostile and dangerous. Frequent battles between clans were fought, resulting in mass graves where bodies and rudimentary stone weapons are still found to this day. As mentioned, the cult of Sa’bal was predominant with other cults practiced on a smaller, familial scale. Here were found rudimentary towers of the dead, with the differences of whole heads placed in the alcoves instead of the ashes and effigies today. In the later years, writhing became more frequently used, but drawing was still the dominant system, most of their primitive language is lost to us. In the later years, the sun and moon Elves alphabet, from way up north, came to us via travelling merchants. Those kind of exchange became more and more frequent, bringing to the sabalite Elves and intellectual and cultural awakening.
The foundations’ era
Most records, if not all, were lost during the tha all dark. The bits found here and there, carvings and paintings for the most part, crudely mentions burgeoning cities and unstable and trifling nations, made and unmade among the numerous sabalite tribes. Those city-states mostly formed along the Ozz river south, and the Dursu up north. Astonishingly, what the great minds from the Carad’un glamikon, concluded while searching the ruins on Orr’s island, on which sits the old realm gate, a much older foundation for the capital. If for a long time, we believed the city was first built by king Bahir’Ssz and his caradin, studies of the ruins proves they are much older than the widespread cult of Aluvah itself. This sets back our history milinias sooner than expected. From the numerous petroglyphs carved upon the stone and the still standing walls of the structure, this ancient settlement was known among the elves by the name Orrmolog’kon, “the house at the edge of the deep”. We thus can speculate that this city and its inhabitants grew around the cult of Molog’Bol, the abyssal god. This wasn’t as uncommon for the cities following the coasts. A good amount of six armed effigies and charms were dug up from the mud of the shallow waters of the bay, where most this old city sunk during the all dark. Shells of old buildings were too discovered in the shallows, almost entirely swallowed by the sand, mud and water. Ad for the dates, it a blur, even today. We do know this city stood for at least 200 years, without any more information. Part of the stories written in stone tell in great detail the administration of the settlement, and how it was co-ruled by a priest of the deep and a prince of the people, suggesting the tight bond linking civil and religious powers. Unfortunately, with most of the city now under the sea, the rest of its existence can only be guest by speculations. At which extent the influence of this city could be felt is still a mystery. This era was also one of formidable exploration and migration. Across all of Gallièl and even further. Waves of Elves crossed the World’s Crown and the Great Worm, to lands unknown. They spread to the numerous isles surrounding. But it was also a time of great wars. Especially against the ever growing united realm of Anuèrit (Anaetyr) whose raids were frequent and violent.
The first kingdom
Recents discoveries from Biel’s scholars have shed light on a long lost monumental part of dark elves collective history. In the city, and all around it, days and days in the backcountry, tablets of clay and stones were unearthed from multiple sites, in a wide radius around the city. The extraordinary things about these tablets is the text written on them. In fact, the text on all the tablets is, except some small grammatical differences and errors, exactly the same. As for the text itself, such an exquisite prose was unheard of in the few texts of the same age. It is also one of the first texts to ever be titled, here named Bièl’bah, the crown of Biel. Those two elements proves the existence of a royal authority, unnamed in this text, governing and providing over his city and many other ones, and the land surrounding them. It is undoubtedly a text of laws, one of the first and whose effects are still felt to this day. These laws are splits into three arrays ; laws of the land, laws of the self and laws of the crown. As such, the once barbaric and unruly land of Dursu, once splintered into multiple cities, families and tribes was united under the Bièl’bah. As for why would anyone would bend the knee to the kings of Biel, the protection of a larger ally against even stronger enemies seems the most plausible reason we can think of. The Dursu, as the peculiar particularity of acting as the natural entryway between the peninsula and the rest of the continent. Thus, the Dursu was rather easy target for the anutuim armies. The rich soils and the flatness of the land made it easily traveled. Now we can’t say if the minor cities were forced to join forces with Biel, if they were given the choice or even if they willingly asked. Without a certainty, we strongly believe attacks from Anuèrit, diminished during the kinghood of Biel. Catapulted at the forefront of the dark elves like this brought Biel to a never seen golden age. If most of the city we know today was rebuilt over the ruins of this antique one, excavations around the old town brought to light a thriving city, at the center of an ever growing world. Grand temples and lofty mansions throughout the upper city, school of thoughts, circus and arena, many markets and thousands of houses. Though it is yet to be found, the old rakonbah, the palace of the kings, was said to be a magnificent work of art and architecture. This cultural gush forever changed the religion for most, if not all, dark elves. From the thousands of gods and entities prayed, few were chosen and organised into a coherent pantheon, with the bright god Nawé heading it. We can’t say for sure if the kingdom of Biel was an exception among the hundreds of cities, or if other realms of this magnitude existed. Only the tablets proved Biel was a royal capital, with not much more to back our claim. We can only hope further investigations will prove even more our theories, and not the other way around.