Thousands of years ago, before the Human Empires up on the surface had even formed, the Üstün ruled the world. They had been the Masters of the Known world and had the power to control the Aetherial energies of the universe with a natural ease, without the need to wear protective gloves when reaching into the Aetherial veil for the power to use their magic.
It was with the rising power of their slaves that the Üstün met their match. Their own infighting allowed the Human slaves to take over and topple the grand Üstün Empires of the World. It was said the ancient continent of Nargaroth sank to the bottom of the sea or was taken by the Gods to another world.
That was ancient history.
On the surface, the Üstün had been wiped out, all that remained were their ancestors, weaker and lacking the natural magical talent, the Aşağı were the children of the Ancient Üstün. The Modern Elf.
However, deep underground another race lay.
It was said that the Yaralti were the Üstün who fled and hid from the Humans, it was also said that the Yaralti were the Üstün that had been cursed by ancient Üstün Sorceresses to be forever cast underground.
What was understood was that Yaralti and Aşağı were very different.
Their skin colours were vastly different. Aşağı could be any colour, like humans, but the Yaralti were dark skinned, black to blue and purple, they lived underground and like their ancestors, most had an affinity for the Aetherial Arts.
Vast cities spread in the underdark, the Yaralti survived for thousands of years.
Arizali Dhunnyr was only a baby when she was cast out by her people.
If it was not for the fact her Mother had been a member of the Cities Council of Elders, then she would have faced death before taking her first name-day.
Arizali meant "Damaged", it meant "Broken" in the ancient tongue.
She was broken and damaged.
Arizali was deaf. Her natural hearing had never developed and the girl was seen as an outcast.
She was the youngest child of the Dhunnyr family, her father worked at the military academy and her mother in the Council. Her brother was her only friend.
Or so she wanted him to be. Everyone kept her at arms length. Arizali was broken but she was the daughter of an Elder, she had to be respected.
Luckily she was touched.
The 'Touched' were keen magic users and she could use it for many different skills. Teleportation was her favorite. She had developed that skill quite quickly, she could cast fireballs, ice balls and all variants of elemental sorcery.
Something she knew her "untouched" brother hated.