|Period||1285 - 1304|
|Theater||High Wood Country, Menortamon|
Before this war, the wood elves of Angrod were under constant threat and attack by the drow of Eldalweril. One of the largest egress points for the drow is a cavity into the dark reaches of Menortamon called Eáránë Aldaríon. This area became the heart of a great war between the drow of sector Xalyth and surface elves of the Taurelin sector above it.
The High Down War was the last of a series of wars fought between the Underdark empire Eldalweril and the surface empire Angrod. The genesis of this final conflict came in 1284 with the Angrod discovery of an ancient structure called the Pyramid of Nature. Plant and insect controlling magic found within this ancient Lith-Crillion structure gave the wood elves a superior advantage when fighting the drow. In the battles with the drow, the Angrods blanketed the battlefields with insect swarms, and then sent in massive battlebriars, treants, poisonous and carnivorous plants. The wood elves would then follow in the wake of the plant and insect slaughter. Over a period of twenty years, the surface and Underdark elves fought each other. High ranking assassinations were common on both sides. In the Year 1300, Angrod's armed forces began the advance into Eáránë Aldaríon and down into the Eldalweril homeland. The head of this advance was a creeping mass of sentient thorny and constricting vines, the Tendrils of Taurquion. In the depths, the mushrooms and other plant-life of nearby fungals animated and joined in attacking the drow. The Angrods spared no drow in their advance. Those that died were soon filled with spores and unusual growths causing them to animate and move forward against their former allies. It is said that the sight of this in the eerie depths was so horrifying that psychological trauma affected some Angrods for the remainder of their lives.
The High Down War affected the morality of some Angrods. The brutality of the conflict included cases of genocide on part of the surface elves. They wiped out entire drow allied villages on the surface and beneath. The greatest hold to fall and be depopulated by Androd's armies was Hyassalmo. This place is now a ruin infested with sentient plants, gas spores, deadly molds, and a host of other dangerous plants left over from the High Down War.
You had to live during that period to understand that we were on the brink of extinction so extreme measures had to be taken just to survive.
- Glindil Belwen, Angrod apologist - "Morality Undone"