Mists of the Past
Praestan was once a mixed human and elf community known as Woodhaven. It was founded on the principles of peaceful cohabitation between the two races, practiced first on a small scale to hopefully set an example for the more bigoted regions of Romaria, such as the capitol. For several years, Woodhaven proved to be a peaceful, booming trade town, where the residents supported each other and the common good was upheld as the highest priority.
Things began to change, however, as the human population of Woodhaven grew older. The town’s elves saw the humans’ advanced aging as a biological inferiority, and discounted the humans as putting undue stress on the needs of the community (i.e. the “common good”) by requiring so much extra attention just to keep alive. This sentiment was most evident in one of the town’s founding fathers, an aged elf named Abnego, who began subtly building racial animosity and recruiting like-minded vigilantes and sellswords. Eventually, when the exchanges of harsh words turned violent, Abnego rallied Woodhaven’s elves together and drove the humans out, setting fire to their buildings to cleanse the town of “sub-elf” architecture and influence. Even elves who were unwilling to support Abnego’s coup, such as chief of commerce Elpidius Theodoard, were press-ganged into the racial majority.
In the wake of his takeover, Abnego renamed the town “Praestan,” an Elven word for “perfect” in contextual reference to the house or home, and declared himself governor. His policies have since become even more biased and strict, to the point where even the town’s elf citizens are frightened of crossing one of Abnego’s town guards, or “protectors.” Abnego commands absolute power over the town’s modest militia and its economy, and remains adamant that any catering to the needs of non-elves impedes the communal good.