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My elders worked with humans and got robbed of all they had. And when they fought back, they were slaughtered. 'The Great Cleansing', humans called it. I called it digging a mass grave for everyone I loved. And now the humans proudly watch these very fields grow... our babies fertilizer for their grain. I don't wish to bury anyone else. I was once Filavandrel of the Silver Towers. Now I'm Filavandrel of the Edge of the World.
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- Filavandrel to Geralt, Four Marks

Filavandrel aén Fidháil was a king of the elves. He and his people were forced to retreat into the mountains after a war with the humans.

Biography

Capturing a Witcher

Filavandrel, king of the elves, Torque, and Toruviel confronted Geralt of Rivia and Jaskier after apprehending them in the mountains. Torque had been stealing goods for the elves ever since they were forced out of Dol Blathanna. This came as a surprise to Jaskier, who had been under the impression that the elves willingly left to return to their "golden palaces," when in reality they retreated to simple caves. Unfortunately, they couldn't allow Geralt and Jaskier to leave in fear that Posada would learn that they had been stealing, causing the humans to attack, which will undoubtedly result in casualties on both sides. To avoid war, Filavandrel believed he had to kill them.

Geralt advised that Filavandrel bring his people out of the caves, however, the elf explained that his elders worked with humans and got robbed of all they had. Then when they fought back, they were slaughtered in a battle that would come to be known as the "Great Cleansing." Bringing his people down from the mountains would mean bowing down to the humans, who would make them slaves. Geralt advised them to rebuild elsewhere and grow in numbers. Toruviel informed Filavandrel how a new generation of elves who wished to fight had come. She'd rather bring war to the humans than live cowering from them. Instead, Filavandrel decided to let Geralt and Jaskier go.

At some point after the betrothal banquet of Princess Pavetta and before the Slaughter of Cintra, Filavandrel led a failed uprising against at least Cintra after which Queen ​​Calanthe ordered the massacre of the elven populace including the family of Dara.[1]

References

  1. Season 1, Episode 02: Four Marks
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