High elves were an elven subrace noted for being the first to organize into a nation, the kingdom of Quel'Thalas. While small, Quel'Thalas had famously impervious walls, and the high elves (named for their towering city, and their arrogant attitudes) quickly became a world power.

While their walls would turn away the forces of The Silver Khanate, among others, the discovery of gunpowder would prove to be their undoing. Almost all high elves were slain during the Darkening of Quel'Thalas.


For more information, see Quel'Thalas.

High elves were united by their cultural arrogance, practicing a form of medieval eugenics. While high elves looked down upon all other races, including other elf subraces, they were not generally aggressive, regarding "inferiors" with pity.

High elves were extremely insular and often knew little about what lay beyond the walls–ignorance that would destroy them.


High elves had thin, arching brows and dark hair. Their faces had an angular structure, and their skin was a ruddy brown.

High elves were often frail and clumsy thanks to getting little exercise.

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