After the Ashes, Elves and Humans fought together to win back Althura. Between the devastating losses of war and the impact of disease on the longer lived races, racial intermarriage became prevalent and accepted as key to the survival of the Elves. However, a recent current among the Elves touts purity of blood and maintaining the essence of an Elven culture. They believe too much Human blood has diluted the Elves into a lesser form resulting in the shortening of their life spans. Despite this, the Half Elves have a strong representation outside the Elven capital of Albus and work closely with King Espren of the Iman Kingdom.