"We shall decide how we live and die!" Shalana's declaration was met with roars of her followers. "Let us be free of the will of the gods! Here is where we can decide our own destiny!" While many were shocked by the seemingly outrageous claims which she made, she held the support of a new breed of creatures of shadows, once descended from but who now had abandoned the gods. The newly christened "night elves" had lost the favor of the divine, but they had gained unparalleled freedom and the ability to shape their own history.
Shalana is a modern feminine name of American origin, considered fashionable. Combination of the prefix Sha- ("attractive") with Lana. Lana as a variant of Alana (Old German) has the meaning "fair, good-looking; precious"; or Helen (Greek) "sun ray; shining, bright"; or (Hawaiian) "afloat; calm as still waters". English Alana is of Irish, Gaelic origin; the meaning is "little rock; harmony, peace". It is derived from ailin meaning "little rock" (al "rock") or alun "harmony, peace".
An elf (plural: elves) is a type of supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore. Reconstructing the early concept of an elf depends almost entirely on texts in Old English or relating to Norse mythology. Later evidence for elves appears in diverse sources such as medical texts, prayers, ballads, and folktales.
Artwork by Zinna Du.