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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