Mists of the Past
Racist dictator of Praestan
CE middle-aged male elf aristocrat
Abnego is a short, slender elf with receding black hair and sunken amber eyes. He tends to sneer more than smile and often crosses his arms when confronting strangers, showing the sleeves of his smooth elven fabrics.
Abnego was, for a time, prominent spokeself for racial equality and integration. He was one of a small group of progressives who fronted the construction of a “blank slate settlement” north of Nova Dominium, a project that was largely funded by Abnego’s friend and part-time lover, Ilcina. Abnego directed the construction of the town – modestly dubbed “Woodhaven” – and became the town’s de facto political mastermind after establishing himself as a confident, efficient, and logical leader (although he insisted upon the establishment of a mixed-race council of elders, to avoid having the town simply succumb to elven societal pressures). The residents of the town liked Abnego and admired his ambitious pursuit for social fairness.
What the people didn’t know was that the plan was, in Abnego’s mind, merely a vehicle for him to attain what he truly wanted: the human girl, Delise. Abnego was struck by Delise’s beauty and aloofness, and passionately lusted after her, but Nova Dominium laws still prohibited interracial marriage and he was too afraid to risk starting a scandal (potentially losing financial support from Ilcina). By founding a new settlement that permitted human-elf unions, Abnego could finally satisfy his romantic interests and be seen as a progressive because of it.
Despite Abnego’s hugely successful project, however, Delise had other plans. Not long after moving to Woodhaven, Delise married a local human woodcutter, for although she often expressed her support and approval for Abnego’s work (often directly to the elf himself), her heart simply lied elsewhere. Abnego was initially crushed by this development, but his logical side prevailed: if he could continue to build his political and social power and simply bide his time, Delise’s husband would doubtlessly suffer some accident in the field or even just die of old age (as an elf, Abnego had plenty of time to wait the human out), which is when Abnego could swoop in to provide Delise with everything she could possibly need to soothe her grief, and thus fall madly in love with her locally-beloved savior. But the decades passed and no accident occurred, and although the man was merely human, so was the woman he had married; Delise died of complications from old age before her husband did, making Abnego’s patience utterly meaningless in his eyes.
Embittered by his loss, Abnego projected his anger at the frailty of human life onto the race as a whole: he became jealous of their brief lifespans, while he was left with hundreds of years left to nurse his wounded heart. His policies gradually became more and more hostile toward the human residents of Woodhaven, as Abnego claimed to be taking responsibility for the human citizens’ “biological inferiority.” The Woodhaven elves, who had for so long supported Abnego’s leadership that they failed to recognize his decent into bigotry, fiercely enforced his laws, and the human residents became increasingly restless. Eventually riots began erupting in the streets, which was all the excuse Abnego needed to call for a racial cleansing. Once the bloody pogroms was over, Abnego declared himself the lord mayor of the town, which he renamed Praestan to better represent its elven glory.
Now Abnego oversees his town’s almost militant isolation, seeing any human that comes into his domain as a new target for his repressed anger and disappointment. Furthermore, he has since extended his punishment to include those elves who were able to marry their human lovers (such as his old friend, Elpidius Theodoard), being envious of the fact that these “lesser elves” enjoyed what he could never have. Under Abnego’s rule, Praestan lacks the booming economy that Woodhaven once had (mostly because its trade relations with humans in the North dried up when the merchants met with violent racial antagonism), but it still remains a stable community now that the dust from the riots has settled.