Red and Black: A World Dawned from Night
Eladrin, Devas and the Great Malice
Long ago, a highly magical race of elves known as the eladrin built an empire of magical wonders. Then five hundred years ago the death of the eladrin goddess Srasama caused nearly every eladrin woman to perish. Those few who survived were often claimed as trophies by human conquerors, though a handful of free matriarchs head their own family lines in the ruins of the old empire. Gnomes, with an inherent fey origin, were natural subjects of the eladrin empire. Drow, or dark elves, are an offshoot of eladrin formed when a small number of eladrin escaped to the Bleak Gate before their goddess was killed.
Mortals present at the death of the eladrin goddess have continually reincarnated in the following centuries as devas, as if a sliver of Srasama’s divine spark has granted them a semblance of immortality.