Elves originated in the Dawning, created by Chrayis and Violika some time after the fracturing of the realm. They and dwarves are the two oldest races on Avala. Altan elves are the direct descendants of the first elves and have strived to maintain their cultural identity. Small groups or colonies left the Dawning in the early days of the cycle. The first to leave traveled far and became the Ventan, tempered by the hardships and conflict they encountered while interacting with primitive humans and other races in the Southern Lands and Stonescale. The Kashan left the Dawning later, and more closely resemble their Altan cousins in both appearance and culture. Ombran elves, though resembling other elves physically, are not believed by other elven subraces to be directly related. They seem to have originated in Syraad, deep in the catacombs beneath the surface.