Shaldea is long believed to be the birthplace of the elves, and it’s quite easy to believe it when you’re there. Long, rolling hillocks painted in luscious grass give way to a majestic, ancient forest. These woods, known as the Dark Forest, holds Gilder Meadan, the seat of the elven king, the eldritch Euliphos Phaethe.
Humans incurred on Shaldea’s shores some two thousand years ago, before they knew of the world around them. Settling on the island’s northern tip, the original name of the colony is lost to the ages and is only known now as Dire Rat’s Fief, a translation of the elven name given to it when it was discovered. The humans were honest folk, if a bit rough, and the elves allowed them to live under their invisible watch. They never pushed towards the forest, and after a century of peaceful living, the elves introduced themselves. Relations were strained at first, as they lacked a common language, but eventually they became allies. Dire Rat’s Fife continued asan embassy of the human culture, while the elves eventually settled Aerelsum on Agrias’ western coastal forest.
The elves maintain contact with the world by means of magic and the port town of Acatia.