An old tale of Elven kings

Available until-mid april.

Some say the elf king Midas, ruler of the high plateaus between Grisos and Darsenia, died from drinking pure gold. This is true, but only partially. He was mad about gold, this is true, and calling on his wild magic, he transformed everything he touched in gold.

Some say the elf king Midas died when the God Noupaos, Lord of the Heavens, transformed himself into a rain of gold. Midas couldn’t resist the appeal of that luminescent gift from the sky and drank it to death. Again, this is true, but only partially. Humans, rat people, dwarves and other races did not have enough power to fight and kill him.

It takes a God to kill a God, some say, and it is true.

The mad king threatened all his neighbors with his unending greed for gold. All cities within a week’s ride from his borders had been ransacked and burned. Caravans avoided his realms by a detour of two months at least. His own people toiled in the mines to extract more gold and starved from poor crops and fields barely tended.

Truth is the elven guard of Midas called on the elven kings of Grisos, Darsenia, and Antiago. United for once, they all traveled to his small realm. Together, they unleashed their power, feeding on his envy for gold, and transforming his palace, the rain, and the air itself into gold. Midas died smiling and choking, contended at last in his madness.

Truth is that this was the day the elven kings decided that all their children would be tested for intelligence and wits before being allowed to grow. No one followed that decision and thus began the doom of the elves.