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Sand Elf warriors
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Published: January 15, 2011
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The Sand Elves are other of the remanents of the old age of Elven Hegemony, from when the High Elf empire of Whide Axis and the loosely collection of states than conformated it began their imperialism trying to conquer the World, settling down colonies and conquering lands in the continents of Aels and Zarhuy:

However, the goleen age for the High Elves ended with the “Age of Invasions” that followed the apparition of Humanity, and from all their colonies and cities they founded in Aels and Zarhuy, only a handful of them resisted the waves of invasions and destruction.

Most of the colonies where abandoned, and the elves tried to escape, to the home continent of the High Elves, in Ushaenor, or to the remaining High Elves settlements, but many of them didn’t make it, and from the ashes of the High Elven colonies, raised three “new kinds” of elfs: the “Grey Elves”, elfs who accepted to live under the rule of the invaders. The “wild elves”, living in small, scathered settlements or semi-nomad tribes in the plains of Antor, and the “Sand Elves”: descendants of the settlers who searched for refugee in the desertic and semidesertic areas of Zarhuy and Aels.

Because of that, there can be found two main “Sand elf” groups: the ones in the sands of Iperto in Aels, and the ones of Zarhuy, existing significant differences between them.

The Zarhuy sand elves remained free as errant tribes for much time –meanwhile the Ipertians where conquered by humans and christianized-, and they Developer their own culture, wich keep many arcaism from the ancient “High elf” times of their ancestros, but new ways that come with their style of life, as well with an animist religion, dance, language, clothes, and many others.

For example, here are some Sand elves tribesmen (and tribeswoman), warriors ready for combat equiped with red robbes, bronze helms –often mimicing animals to cast protection of certain spirits-, wicker shields covered with a cow-hide (as they live from raising cattle).

The Sand elves are some of the darker “Light Elves” (a somewhat racist definition invented by the “high” elves, who called in a despective way “dark elves” their enemies and the “barbarians”), but this can be explained because among the Sand elves (as with the Wild and Grey Elves) they had much mixed blood with other species: a souvenir from the Age of Invasions, wich ended with many half-elves, bastards son and daughters from these violent age:

However, with the past of centuries, the closed Sand elf society make stronger their elven blood, but some dominant genes, as the darker skin tone adquirid from Kanov and Humans mostly, remained…

(The Sand Elves are rossnes elfs –light elves-, but there exist as well other elves who live in desert: the Desert Elves, or “Desert Raiders”, who are zuleis elfs –dark elves-, who many times are enemies from the Sand elfs, not for a racial problem, but due competence for forrage for their cattle and for water.)

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Fatefulbrawl's avatar
Fatefulbrawl|Hobbyist General Artist
Now these guys look ready for anything, WAR! Emote War is on 
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grisador's avatar
Awesome work !
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Shabazik's avatar
thanks!
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grisador's avatar
You're welcome :)
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Savachika's avatar
Awesome! I like sand elves and their style. But they need camels!
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Shabazik's avatar
They have camels. But so far I haven't draw any.... mostly because I suck drawing animals!

Horses, camels, dogs, cows, sheeps... all of them! They are something I can't do right XD
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Savachika's avatar
Maybe it's reason to draw so many types of humanoid races? ^_^
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Shabazik's avatar
...yeah XO!
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Infernal-Blaze's avatar
Hello! I'm working on a fantasy series, myself, and I came up with an idea for sand elves as well! I'll post some sketches of them soon, if you'd like to see.
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Shabazik's avatar
oh, I would love to. Can you send me a link when you upload them? :3?
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Infernal-Blaze's avatar
Definately! These guys' designs are so well put together, I just love them!
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Shabazik's avatar
thanks!
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manwith0name|Hobbyist Writer
I really like the classical feel these guys have- very good work!
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Shabazik's avatar
Manyu thanks! :D
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Shabazik's avatar
DIBMUA!
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theubbergeek2's avatar
My own desert elf culture use a lot the ancient Khopesh sword design
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ArchRyan's avatar
i love the elephant mask best
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Shabazik's avatar
Thanks!

It was very funny designing their helms/masks! :3
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AngelicAdonis|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh! Thats pretty fantastic! I love the design on the helmets!

Chain mail in the dessert would SUCK!
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Shabazik's avatar
Yep!

And that is why I was so surprised to find how frequent was born since before the time of the persians, and that even the first muslim army of mahoma was called the "black army" for all the chain mail their used!

The chain mail in dessert sucked, but was widely used... there was even an old arab saying about it, but I quite forget how it was XP
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AngelicAdonis|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suppose, but I would imagine theirs was loose knit to let in more air.
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Shabazik's avatar
For what I was reading the other day about the cruzades -thought is several centuries later- the "sarracen" mails where more dense knited than the europeans, and they do copied them. :3
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larqven's avatar
So these folks are the descendants of some dark skinned humans breeding into an ethnic group of light elves? Plus maybe a few dark elves that got into the gene pool? They definitely look like they have multi-characteristics for a small group of close knit people! A sign of living on a borderland?

I do like the work you did on their armor and 'arab' costuming! The animistic based helmets are fun to see!
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