Is that a knife in my spine?
Forty years ago Emperor Coaltongue of Ragesia had just conquered Gate Pass to secure a supply line into Shahalesti, and Lord Shaaladel of Shahalesti was nervous of an impending attack. The elves of Innenotdar were unwilling to ally with Shaaladel despite their forest’s strategic importance. In truth, the Innenotdar elves were simply posturing to appear strong, since their position in a three-way juncture between Shahalesti, Ragesia, and Dassen made them a tempting target. Lord Shaaladel did not want to risk that Innenotdar would become an ally with Ragesia, so he secretly had agents set fire to the forest and plant rumors that the Ragesians had been responsible. Th is was a believable claim given Coaltongue’s fondness for fire.
One day refugees began to flee from the forest, claiming it had been put to the torch, though no one could agree on who had been responsible or why. While the refugees sett led into a walled ghetto in Gate Pass, they were shocked to learn that the fires driving them from their homeland were not dying. For forty years, Innenotdar has burned relentlessly.