While prominent to the story are elves a minority in Aldra. For unknown reasons they fled from Orti a long time ago to be safe on the mainland. There half the group went to the mortok tribe to forge an alliance, while the other half stayed behind at the shore out of uncertainty and fear. The latter group became dark elves, and the former were captured and turned into slaves to excavate ores and minerals from a mine. When the people were together they had a chieftain with tattoos showing his (or her) heritage and position.