Tisran

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The Tisran are a cultural group of elves, who live in the northern of the Elfholt, especially in the river gorges in the foothills of the Iirik Kata'at.

History

The height of the Tisran culture was the period of the Kynesshi Empire, beginning around -950 GR. The Kynesshi and their people first became established as a major power in the central Elfholt laregly due to their control of the extraordinarily fine green obsidian deposits that could be mined in the area, and the commercial and military power this brought. Throughout the early part of Kynesshi rule, the obsidian trade was reserved as an imperial right and obsidian deposits in conquered areas were immediately brought under imperial control.

Led by the Kynesshi emperors, the Tisran came to dominate nearly the entire Elfholt by about -700 GR. The Kynesshi directly ruled the northern region of the Elfholt, but left the southern regions as independent tributaries.

During this period the Tisran lands became magnificent as the Kynesshi drew on the wealth and labor of the entire Elfholt. The seat from which the Kynesshi ruled, and the prime focus of this labor were the Falls at Luellos. Though the Falls fell into disrepair later, they remain a pilgrimage site to this day.

But by -540 GR, a handful of generations later, the Kynesshi had lost much of their dynamism, and focused more and more inward, particularly on their building and landscaping at the heart of the Elfholt. The empire continued to demand tribute from the outlying provinces, but to return less and less benefit.

By -490 GR the provinces were in full rebellion against the Kynesshi governors. The political structures outside the Tisran borders soon dissolved into a chaos of warring tribes, squabbling among themselves in the power vacuum.

As the obsidian deposits became depleted and trade began to focus towards the south, the Tisran region of the Elfholt became economically unimportant, and it is one of the more sparsely inhabited areas of the Elfholt, with little large-scale political organization.

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