The settlement of Ker'nor housed The Enclave of Ker'nor, the Dark Elven state of the Dominion of Malin, and was located on the south-east of the isle of Tahn in the continent of Axios. Its neighboring state Laureh'lin lay to the north.
When the elves acquired land in Axios, and awarded their nation the name Dominion of Malin, part of the land was awarded to the dark elves, under the leadership of Dak'ir Des'nox. The land given was a hollow mountain with an opening on top, presumed to be an old inactive volcano by some. While under the Dominion of Malin, the town was able to house a multitude of dark elves, with the exception of the Warhawkes, which in Vailor had turned to become the enemies of the enclave by what some call an assassination attempt on Dak'ir. Bad relations continued between the two groups for many years, escalating to an attempted murder of Dak'ir's pregnant wife, which brought great momentary anger of the elves towards the Warhawke group, as children are precious to the elves. Peace was achieved later after the leadership passed from Dak'ir to his son, Jayce Des'nox, which then married with a Warhawke member. This prompted the group to join the enclave, with only a few members still barred from entrance.
The enclave helped the Dominion with their multiple wars, though with few numbers. After the imminent defeat of Oren was in sight, the Dominion of Malin ended their allience with Oren and became neutral, which included the enclave. The Warhawkes took this opportunity to get new land outside of the enclave, and did so, though now there are better terms between the two groups. Throughout the years, the town has been attacked by undead beings, yet this isn't an occurrence only in Ker'nor, more so on all the Dominion of Malin.
Homes were built inside the hollow mountain, into the stone itself. To get to them, wooden platforms were made from the small lake in the bottom, to the opening on top. A center lift was also implemented, to allow fast travelling around the various levels. A cave entrance into the hollow interior was used to make the gates into town, and another for the exit behind the town, where a small dock and farms were raised. Later on, festivity grounds were built just outside the main entrance.
The Dark elves have a culture which provides a lot of opportunity for festivities. Worshiping of ancestors was a general doing of the dark elves of Ker'nor, and many festivities about them have been done. There were also more peculiar minor events which happened more frequently, including weddings, and story nights.
Notable Figures (if applicable)
- Dak'ir Des'nox
- Jayce Des'nox
- Neci Vincrute
- Sakura "Cookie" Cookelaria
- Arabella Rosalie Delevoye
Ker'nor had a Prince at the main spot of power in the town, which was occupied by Jayce Des'nox. Under him there was a council which aided the prince with the management of the town. The primarch was the spiritual leader of the town, the position held by Dak'ir Des'nox. Magos was the court mage, with the position currently filled by Faeryel. The position of steward was also given out, to give housing to new members in town. Those which did not have a dark elven ancestry were given less power in the city, normally kept away from positions of power, with exceptions on the most trustworthy ones.
There wasn't a specific type of nobility in Ker'nor, just major families which rose and fell. In Axios, the major families were the Des'nox, the Vincrute, the Delevoye, the Cookelaria and the Uthlini. The members of the families normally lived in the same house, with a few exceptions.
There was hardly an economy in Ker'nor. A few shops and a tavern were set up, almost unused, and the materials needed for the town were normally gifted by the residents when needed. The houses were given freely to new residents.
The laws concentrated on safe being in town, including the normal laws about stealing and killing. Elven culture also interfered with the laws, giving the harming of a child or of a pregnant elf extremely hard punishments. Interbreeding between elves and other races was also forbidden in the town. For last, the insult, defamation, or destroying of altars of ancestors was considered a grave offence and also punished by the law of the town.
The town was filled with altars to several ancestors. They were decorated dearly and kept well cleaned, and gifts were placed next to them. The people tended to use bright clothing and make multiple works of metallurgy and stone masonry. Story telling was also an art to many members of the town.
There were no books on the library of Ker'nor... for shame.
The main religion in Ker'nor was the worship of ancestors. The ancestors are dead people who had achieved greatness in life. More can be read about this on the Dark Elves page.
- Story Night was done every elven Wednesday, where a group of dark elves and visitors joined in the tavern to tell stories to each other.
- There have been rumors of a blessing existing in Ker'nor caves, as the number of elven pregnancies there has been higher than usual.
- One of the dark elves that lived there had a very strong obsession with cookies. She gave them out almost daily and was said to hide stashes of them all around town.