Empire Renewed, A Dragon Ascendant, Substance and Shadow
The Great War
The Great War occurred roughly ten thousand years ago, or thirty or so elven generations, and ultimately resulted in the formation of the current Empire. It remains a source of high lore, each tale a testament to national pride, a source of moral inspiration, or a cautionary warning.
Yet, for all these legends, factual knowledge about The Great War is scare; other than that it happened and that the unified elven Empire arose out of it, little freely available history remains.
The Imperial Library contains miles of parchment on the topic in the restricted section. The Imperial Seat doesn’t precisely want that information expurgated (no Valari could love power enough to destroy knowledge), but no sitting Emperor would benefit from wide dissemination of facts of the war. However, the Seat is perfectly content to imprison oral historians of the various groups within the Empire, and to assume, safely for the most part, that such individuals rot away in the prison Baad’a’Rur.