Born in War
After more than half a century of fighting, the Kinslayer War had finally come to an end. With the war ending in somewhat of a stalemate, both the Empire of Ergoth and the nation of Silvanesti turned inward to lick their wounds.
For the elves, it became apparent that life would never quite be the same for them. Those elves that had fought on the western frontier of Silvanesti felt different as though they had become detached from the eastern part of their nation. Over the last half century, families all over the western frontier had become married and interbred with their Ergothian neighbors; a fact that seemed to disgust their eastern countrymen. By the time war broke out, many families were not sure which side to fight on. This also led to some resentment on the part of the western elves since they had no choice but to fight for their home nation, the same nation that now seemed to turn their back on them following the war.
In time, the western elves sued for change. Prince Kith-Kanan, who had led the western elves throughout the Kinslayer War, appealed to his brother King Sithas for western soverignty. Agreeing with his brother that change was needed, King Sithas granted the western elves independence from the nation of Silvanesti. Kith-Kanan, now the new king of the western elves, bid his brother farewell and with his followers left in peace.
For 67 years, the western elves lived on the plains and tried to rebuild their war-torn lands. Life was difficult for many, especially for those that had lived in the great forests of Silvanesti and were used to the opulence of their former nation.
Once again, war broke out further to the west. This time however, it did not involve the elves. The Empire of Ergoth and the dwarven nation of Thorbardin became engaged in a major land and mining dispute known as the War of the Mountain. Knowing of his great diplomacy skills, the emperor of Ergoth summoned Kith-Kanan to his imperial court in Daltigoth. There in the capital city, Kith-Kanan was able to help the Emperor negotiate a peace treaty with the dwarves. Known as the Swordsheath Scroll, this treaty would create a new nation for the western elves while at the same time creating a buffer between the Empire of Ergoth and the nation of Thorbardin. With all parties satisfied Kith-Kanan returned to his people.
Over the next few decades there was a mass migration as Kith-Kanan led his followers off the plains and into the forests. There he founded the new capital of Qualinost and the surrounding nation of Qualinesti. Immediately upon establishing the capital, Kith-Kanan charted for trading posts to be set up all along the nation’s borders. In time, the new nation of Qualinesti was able to join in a trading triangle between itself, Ergoth and Thorbardin. Continuing his efforts to unify the surrounding nations, Kith-Kanan appeals to men, dwarves and elves to raise the massive fortress of Pax Tharkas as a monument of peace. Upon its completion, the fortress becomes a major trading post garrisoned by both elves and dwarves, and serves as a constant reminder of the nations’ friendship and trust in one another.
Although Qualinesti fared better than most nations during the cataclysm, it too shared the destruction and after effects of the disaster. Most of Qualinesti’s northern forests and towns disappeared instantly as tidal waves swept them away into the New Sea. Disease and famine soon swept through land taking its toll on the population. As lawlessness erupted across the lands, raids became frequent. Large bands of starving humans invaded Qualinesti, pillaging and looting anything they could. With most of the outlying communities being destroyed, the Speaker of the Sun (King) Solostaran ordered the border nations sealed. All humans were expelled from the land and the elves set up a defensive perimeter to their lands. Any non-elves entering the land were killed on site. With this act, Qualinesti turned away from the world.
Cities of Qualinesti
Qualinost – Capital
Dark Raven – Pre-Cataclysm
Flowing River – Pre-Cataclysm
Mereklar – Pre-Cataclysm
Swift Runner – Pre-Cataclysm
Tower of High Sorcery at Wayreth