The oldest nation of the world, elves don't like strangers to know their history. They say that there are records written on eternal silk more than fifteen thousand years ago, and kept in royal archives deep under the Holy Forest... written in times when there were no orcs, gnomes and humans in this world, when ancient elven kingdom have been occupied the most part of the continent and elven cities where now we can see orcish marquees and human cities.
Elven history tells us about Great War with Ancients - precursors race, defeated by elves and disappeared. Also history tells about the Split - war of elves against elves, for the reasons they don't like to talk about. We still don't know who was the winner, but we know results of this war - great elven kingdom ceased to exist, modern state is just a shadow of the past one.