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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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grisador Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Awesome work !
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist
thanks!
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grisador Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
You're welcome :)
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Savachika Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Awesome! I like sand elves and their style. But they need camels!
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist
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 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Maybe it's reason to draw so many types of humanoid races? ^_^
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist
...yeah XO!
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Infernal-Blaze Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist
oh, I would love to. Can you send me a link when you upload them? :3?
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Infernal-Blaze Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Definately! These guys' designs are so well put together, I just love them!
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist
thanks!
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manwith0name Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the classical feel these guys have- very good work!
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Manyu thanks! :D
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
MUADIB!!!!!
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist
DIBMUA!
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
My own desert elf culture use a lot the ancient Khopesh sword design
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ArchRyan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
i love the elephant mask best
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks!

It was very funny designing their helms/masks! :3
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  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 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist
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 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suppose, but I would imagine theirs was loose knit to let in more air.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist
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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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Cool!
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larqven Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
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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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist
I think that more than "arab" is subsaharian -and a bit sudanese- :3

yes, they are quite a mixed bunch! :P

Mostly light elves, with some unknow (or better, ignored) human and dark elven ancestors -and others had orcs, dwarven and others! :P thought none of the ones there seem to had these!)
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
They make me think of the Valenar elves of Eberron x3
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larqven Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Yeah, that's about what I thought. My brain wasn't working as I was typing--or more accurately, "Arab" is a term that can be so broad as to be worse than useless! Very many different ethnicities and cultures can be placed under the 'Arab' category; while other Islamic peoples not far from the Arabian Peninsula don't fit under the term and/or would be insulted at being included in the term!
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist
XD Very true!

But that's allways a problem when speaking of -other- people!

For example, as you said, you can't call arab all the muslim cultures... and neither you can call all these cultures muslim, as there are christian, drusian, pagan, etc, and many other elements in them... and not allways everybody is muslim!

and one can't tell them asiatic, or from a geographical area, as they are spreaded in 3 continents :P

And if one call wrongly somebody of a culture, they will feel insulted!

Like when I tell the US.American I thinked they where from New Zealand, Canada or Australia (happened me more in facebook than here, anyway XD)
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larqven Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Very true! All too true! Trying to correct oneself one way can then be incorrect in another! Trying to go by national identity might help, but isn't always accurate or useful either as ethnic groups often span multiple regions and nations.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist
damn you, world! why you are so complex? XD
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Hamsterloki Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
It's tasteless, but I shall make the joke anyway.

"ALALALALALALALALALALALALLALALALALALAALALALALALAALLALALLALALALA"

<.<

>.>

*hides*
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist
"Allah'u Akbar!"

You not are very wrong, thought!

The sand elves of Zarhuy converted to the Islam slowly, keeping parts of their own animistic religion, and during the Holy wars between christians and muslims, there where sand elven soldiers among the forces of the muslim armies who tried to repel the christian invader army of the Sargonic King Don Camilo IV the Pious.

However, the Sand elves of Aels pass for a similar process, being baptized as Nestorian christian (and other as ortodhox), and some where forced to serve as levies in the Empire of Uslen.

:P
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animal-delos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Writer
Sand Elves eh...? Perhaps the type of group that Quilintha may find herself running into and joining up with or something? XD
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist
well, they are effectively from the same region Quilintha is for now. :3
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Awesome work here
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist
thanks! :D
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doomie220 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Their getting ready tooooo rumbllllle!:D XD
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist
rumble-rumble-rumble!
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