Rise and Fall of Arela
The Drow were things of legend before the re-discovery of Arela. The ‘fallen’ or ‘dark’ Elves were known in stories and ancient fables alone, and demonized as tricksters, betrayers, and devious foes. Most of population of Mareata did not believe they had ever existed, and the majority of the Elven nation believed that if they once did they were now all extinct. Upon the conquest of Kharlin evidence of a humanoid civilization taking refuge underground was discovered. At first it was believed these may be descendants of the ancient Arelans themselves, but following the tracks led to the discovery of small underground towns of Drow. The Drow living in the subterranean caverns of Kharlin were conquered mercilessly and violently, the survivors enslaved by the conquering army. Other free Drow enclaves are rumored to exist still, but none are known near any other of the great cities. A large population of Drow in Kharlin remain enslaved, but a growing number of free drow have integrated themselves into Kharlin society living free in underground ghettos where they support the Kharlin Mines.