Attishma (University of Enchantment)
Feliji (University of Divination)
Kelifinnah (University of Conjuration)
Kin Kirnuth (University of Illusion)
Kui Vir (University of Magical Theory)
Mitheen (University of Transmutation)
Sariyan (University of Abjuration)
Suimur (University of Necromancy)
Yin Tiatath (University of Evocation)
Long before the Dragon Wars, the Elven Emirates controlled vast lands to the east of the Sea of Storms, which was much calmer and easily sailed in those times. They were a haven of arts and culture, but eventually the threat of the dragons forced them to war. The Elves carried out a mass exodus, forming the right flank of the combined armies. After the chaos of the Dragon Wars, the Elven Emirates of Rubia lost contact with their kinsmen in the east, and closed themselves off on the peninsula.
In early 655 G.A. the Aegic Empire, then at the peak of its power, landed twenty legions on Andaril Isle, estabilishing a beachhead southwest of Erewen. The legions were able to overwhelm and sack the city, but the fleet that brought them there was almost completely sunk. This proved to be too little, as the nearest Emirate of Kelifinnah had essentially no fighting force, and what they could raise was stationed in the Emirate itself. One and a half years later the Aegic Empire had built a new fleet that brought reinforcements, and the Elves withdrew from Andaril for the next three hundred years. The war between the Empire and Rubia continued as a series of short conflicts, naval skirmishes and raids.
On the three hundredth anniversary of the landings near Erewen, a more united and better prepared army of the United Emirates of Rubia landed on Andaril Isle, establishing a bridgehead across Andaril Strait and reigniting the war on a large scale. The Elves have slightly pushed back the Empire, and have twice laid siege against Erewen, but had to retreat each time.
The Emirates and Colleges
The 60 million inhabitant population of Rubia is composed of approximately one third High Elves, one third Wood Elves, and one third Forest Gnomes. Very few outsiders are allwed into the main area of the Emirates, and even then only with a Letter of Passage. The smaller satellite Emirates of Iois, Thidaik and Tabarach are not as strict.
While no strict cast system exists, Wood Elves tend towards farming and hunting professions, High Elves towards scholarly and military pursuits, and Forest Gnomes towards trade and industry. Picking a profession more commonly associated with another race is common and accepted.
Religion and Magic
The Elves have no more priests since the Dragon Wars. When the Elven gods of the North and the East perished, their servants became shut inside their own minds, and eventually starved or fell into a deep trance from which they would not awaken. The gods of the West and the South severed all contact with mortals, and their priests lost all magic.
Wizardry is a respected profession in Rubia, and arcanists are as much scholars and scientists as they are spellcasters. After the loss of their gods, High Elves became possessed with the need to understand the fabric of their universe, and to reconnect with the Feywild, where they assume their surviving gods still live. Each Emirate hosts a College of Magic that specialises in certain kinds of magic and research. Sorcerers are regarded as dilettantes, and even those with magic in their bloodlines are usually pressured into formal study.
Druids, mostly Wood Elves living outside society in the western areas of Rubia, have managed to tap into the latent energies of their lands. Wizards suspect them of somehow stealing the power of the god of the West through places of power where it leaks into the world, and their desire to experiment and research has driven druids into secrecy in the remaining hidden glades.