Sing a Song of Blackbirds
The Demi-Elves (Sometimes called “The Second Generation”) are the immediate descendants of the ancient High Elves. The Demi-Elves are both reviled and romanticized. They are romanticized because of the deep and complicated mythology they left behind in the forms of fairy tales and epic poetry. They are reviled because their era was filled with naught but war and contention.
It was during the reign of the Demi-Elves that the dark-elves cut ties with the elven people and fled to the mountains. It was during the reign of the Demi-Elves that the elven empire fell, and it was the many battles of rival Demi-Elf warlords that destroyed the High Elf cities. Libraries were burned, repositories of magic destroyed, and the wealth of the previous generation looted and scattered. The renaissance of the High Elves was interrupted and then broken by the pride and divisiveness of the rising generation.
Most historians agree that the Demi-Elves marked a transition from racially-determined politics to nationally-determined politics. Whether this change was a positive change or a negative one is still hotly debated by historians.