Maze of the Blue Medusa
Now the elves are a race apart, lost in the realms beyond. By Imperial law, only individuals with a clear elven heritage may take an elven lineage name, and as such can exercise a claim of gentry. The greatest of these is the Imperatrix of the lands of the princes, an aging queen without a clear heir. The humans with elven blood—the so-called “elfmarked”—remain and can claim descent from the great elves of old.
Urbane, decadent nobles hand-selected from the human slaves to administer the Elder Empire. When the Elder Race disappeared, the Elf-Marked inherited the Empire. Over the ages, the worldwide Empire has shrunk to a single city.