Last High King of the Elves
Daetheryth was crowned High King. He spent his early life as a Paladin of Ancients, named himself The White Protector, and served nobly and well.
As King, he was given the Root Crown as a gift from the Fae Courts, to acknowledge his deeds as a Paladin and his upholding of their ancient agreements.
He began to change the ways elves dealt with the world, making laws about dealing with non-elves, drawing power from the land to help him “protect” his people.
He began to reinforce a distant watchtower, surrounding it with walls of stone and concentric circular structures. He soon moved his seat as King to that tower, and began to draw more power from the land, causing the area around the tower to wither.
He then started to capture “lesser races” that were found in elven “territory.” Especially smaller beings (gnomes and halflings).
He revealed that the second outer wall of his tower was designed as a prison, and it began to fill up.
The blight spread across the land. Some elves fled, including the wood elves, who headed West as far as they could. Some still believed in their King, and trusted his wisdom. Some were afraid that he had become too powerful to stop.
Eventually things got bad enough that a small force rose up and revolted. The High King was slain, the land of the elves freed. The elves decided they would keep their governance loose and spread the power out. A council of elders was formed, representing various cultures from across the land.
The wood elves were already too removed from this, and though a seat was held for them at the council, they attended rarely, and kept their ideas of not consorting with “outsiders.”