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18th Dec '16 8:43:16 PM Vovka
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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', the Elves were once an advanced culture, and possessed immortality... Then humans showed up, and everything went straight to hell. By the time the game takes place, a few of the remaining elves live in savage, nomadic tribes in the deep woods, trying to keep the last few shreds of their culture alive--while the majority of them live amongst humans, where they're considered second-class citizens, relegated to slum-like 'Alienages', and mostly restricted to menial jobs such as being servants and messengers. However depending on decisions you make in the game, you can improve the situation for them, [[EarnYourHappyEnding if only by a bit.]]

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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', the Elves were once an advanced culture, and possessed immortality... Then humans showed up, and everything went straight to hell. By the time the game takes place, a few of the remaining elves live in savage, nomadic tribes in the deep woods, trying to keep the last few shreds of their culture alive--while the majority of them live amongst humans, where they're considered second-class citizens, relegated to slum-like 'Alienages', and mostly restricted to menial jobs such as being servants and messengers. However depending on decisions you make in the game, you can improve the situation for them, [[EarnYourHappyEnding if only by a bit.]]
22nd Nov '16 11:26:35 AM ffetter
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*In the brazilian fantasy setting Tormenta the elves were enslaved by minotaurs after their goddess [[spoiler: accepted being enslaved by the minotaur god in exchange form protection.]]
16th Nov '16 1:08:06 PM Paireon
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* The Nonmen from R. Scott Bakker's ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series are vaguely elf-like. THey have been reduced to madness and their civilization shattered after they received immortality and suffered a {{Gendercide}}.

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* The Nonmen from R. Scott Bakker's ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series are vaguely elf-like. THey They have been reduced to madness and their civilization shattered after they [[WhoWantsToLiveForever received immortality immortality]] and suffered a {{Gendercide}}.



* Played with in ''Literature/TheRiyriaRevelations''. The Elves are a beaten down, oppressed people treated like dirt almost everywhere in the humans kingdoms (dwarves are only marginally better off) where the [[CorruptChurch dominant religion]] holds that humans are the MasterRace. [[spoiler: Except that these elves are only elf-blooded humans. Full-blooded elves can live for thousands of years and control a powerful empire, and the elf BigBad has engineered the rise of the CorruptChurch and the oppression of the nonhuman races as part of a centuries-long plan to ultimately have the elves go to war with the humans as soon as a BindingAncientTreaty is no longer in effect, conquer them,and then have ''himself'' placed on the elven throne, ruling most of the known world]].
* [[ALoadOfBull Phagors]] in {{Literature/Helliconia}}. ''Helliconia Spring'' shows them in their glory days; the next book, ''Helliconia Summer'', takes place centuries later, and by then phagors have been subjugated to slaves.

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* Played with in ''Literature/TheRiyriaRevelations''. The Elves are a beaten down, oppressed people treated like dirt almost everywhere in the humans kingdoms (dwarves (Dwarves are only marginally better off) where the [[CorruptChurch dominant religion]] holds that humans are the MasterRace. [[spoiler: Except that these elves are only elf-blooded humans. Full-blooded elves can live for thousands of years and control a powerful empire, and the elf BigBad has engineered the rise of the CorruptChurch and the oppression of the nonhuman races as part of a centuries-long plan to ultimately have the elves go to war with the humans as soon as a BindingAncientTreaty is no longer in effect, conquer them,and then have ''himself'' placed on the elven throne, ruling most of the known world]].
* [[ALoadOfBull Phagors]] in {{Literature/Helliconia}}. ''Helliconia Spring'' shows them in their glory days; the next book, ''Helliconia Summer'', takes place centuries later, and by then phagors have been subjugated to as slaves.



** The Bajorans were capable of stellar flight while humans were still learning to make fire, but are now an impoverished race that was sent back to almost an agrarian level by a brutal occupation.

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** The Bajorans were capable of stellar flight while humans were still learning to make fire, but are now an impoverished race that was sent back to almost an agrarian level by a brutal occupation.occupation by the Cardassian Union.



* This is one of the hallmarks of the TabletopGame/DarkSun campaign setting for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Overuse of magic has turned the world into a desert wasteland, leaving many of the races as pale shadows of their former selves. Dwarves no longer have their own lands and cities but do reasonably well among humans. Elves are nomads and raiders. Halflings are savage cannibals. Gnomes are extinct. (So are most of the savage races, like orcs, goblins, kobolds, ogres, lizard men, and trolls, all exterminated in the Cleansing Wars by the sorcerer king Rajaat.)

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* This is one of the hallmarks of the TabletopGame/DarkSun campaign setting for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Overuse of magic has turned the world into a desert wasteland, leaving many of the races as pale shadows of their former selves.selves (think Bronze-Age MadMax). Dwarves no longer have their own lands and cities but do reasonably well among humans. Elves are nomads and raiders. Halflings are savage cannibals. Gnomes are extinct. (So are most of the savage races, like orcs, goblins, kobolds, ogres, lizard men, and trolls, all exterminated in the Cleansing Wars by the sorcerer king Rajaat.)



* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Once, the Jadeborn were artificers without peer, every one "born" a genius inventor. When their creator Autochthon, the Great Maker, helped the Exalted and gods overthrow the other [[OurTitansAreDifferent Primordials]], the Jadeborn armed the Exalted with innumerable wonders and incredible artifact weapons. Then, shortly after being installed as the rulers of the world, the Solar Exalted decided to destroy the Jadeborn. They convinced Sol, the new king of Heaven, that the Jadeborn were somehow a threat to humanity. He gave Autochthon an ultimatum: Geas the Jadeborn into weakness and servitude, or the Exalted would exterminate them all.\\

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** The Silvanesti are pretty much a case study in using this trope as a form of BreakTheHaughty to the point of being a decades-long HumiliationConga: originally a textbook example of the kind of arrogant, elitist, racist jerks [[CantArgueWithElves you can't argue with]] elves tend to be portrayed as, they got successively: -Invaded by the Dragonarmies; -Had their land turned into a nightmare realm (see above) when their king used the [[ArtifactOfDoom Green Dragonorb]] to try and repel said Dragonarmies, most of them forced into exile half a continent away; -After retaking their homeland, raised a great magical barrier so as to become an impenetrable HiddenElfVillage, only to find out later that the barrier [[PoweredByAForsakenChild drains the life-force and longevity of surrounding living beings ans anyone inside]], thus potentially dooming them all to a slow death; -The barrier being destroyed by the Knights of Takhisis, who then conquer and enslave them; -And finally, the Knights of Takhisis being driven out... by the Minotaurs, who take the place for themselves and kick out anyone they don't need as slaves. The current time of the Dragonlance setting has the largest unenslaved group of Silvanesti shacking up in a ''desert'', forced to reintegrate with their "lesser" Qualinesti cousins (who are also in dire straits), and generally not having a good time of it.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Once, the Jadeborn were artificers without peer, every one "born" a genius inventor. When their creator Autochthon, the Great Maker, helped the Exalted and gods overthrow the other [[OurTitansAreDifferent Primordials]], the Jadeborn armed the Exalted with innumerable wonders and incredible artifact weapons. Then, shortly after being installed as the rulers of the world, the Solar Exalted [[UngratefulBastard decided to destroy the Jadeborn. Jadeborn]]. They convinced Sol, the new [[TopGod king of Heaven, Heaven]], that the Jadeborn were somehow a threat to humanity. He gave Autochthon an ultimatum: Geas the Jadeborn into weakness and servitude, or the Exalted would exterminate them all.\\



** Trolls were one of the original five races who created the mortal world out of chaos. After the fall of the other original races, however, they declined and were conquered and enslaved by first the ogres, then the forces of [[BigBad Fu Lang]]. There are no more Trolls who remember what they used to be.
** The Ogres may also qualify, since their civilization eventually fell and almost all remaining ogres are slaves of Fu Lang.

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** Trolls were one of the original five races who created the mortal world out of chaos. After the fall of the other original races, however, they declined and were conquered and enslaved by first the ogres, then the forces of [[BigBad Fu Lang]].Leng]]. There are no more Trolls who remember what they used to be.
** The Ogres may also qualify, since their civilization eventually fell and almost all remaining ogres are slaves of Fu Lang.Leng.



** Though the facts of their cultural prior to their enslavement are left intentionally vague, as most of their records and history were lost in the process. In particular, no one is quite sure if the whole 'immortality' thing is a fact, an exaggeration, or an outright myth. The only long-lived elf you meet in the game is ''thought'' to have regained their ancient immortality, but [[spoiler:is actually tied to a magical curse that is keeping him alive.]] Similarly, it's said that Dalish elves have longer lifespans than elves who live among humans, but considering your lot in life when you're an elf among humans, there could be several different reasons for that.

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** Though the facts of their cultural culture prior to their enslavement are left intentionally vague, as most of their records and history were lost in the process. In particular, no one is quite sure if the whole 'immortality' thing is a fact, an exaggeration, or an outright myth. The only long-lived elf you meet in the game is ''thought'' to have regained their ancient immortality, but [[spoiler:is actually tied to a magical curse that is keeping him alive.]] Similarly, it's said that Dalish elves have longer lifespans than elves who live among humans, but considering your lot in life when you're an elf among humans, there could be several different reasons for that.
30th Jul '16 4:45:43 PM nombretomado
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* This is one of the hallmarks of the DarkSun campaign setting for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Overuse of magic has turned the world into a desert wasteland, leaving many of the races as pale shadows of their former selves. Dwarves no longer have their own lands and cities but do reasonably well among humans. Elves are nomads and raiders. Halflings are savage cannibals. Gnomes are extinct. (So are most of the savage races, like orcs, goblins, kobolds, ogres, lizard men, and trolls, all exterminated in the Cleansing Wars by the sorcerer king Rajaat.)

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* This is one of the hallmarks of the DarkSun TabletopGame/DarkSun campaign setting for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Overuse of magic has turned the world into a desert wasteland, leaving many of the races as pale shadows of their former selves. Dwarves no longer have their own lands and cities but do reasonably well among humans. Elves are nomads and raiders. Halflings are savage cannibals. Gnomes are extinct. (So are most of the savage races, like orcs, goblins, kobolds, ogres, lizard men, and trolls, all exterminated in the Cleansing Wars by the sorcerer king Rajaat.)
13th Jul '16 6:48:44 PM Kimarous
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' the three remaining Saiyans (outside the films and excluding Goku)are the 'elves' enslaved to [[GalacticConqueror Frieza]]q and the latter's Planet Trade Organization.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' the three remaining Saiyans (outside the films and excluding Goku)are the 'elves' enslaved to [[GalacticConqueror Frieza]]q Frieza]] and the latter's Planet Trade Organization.
18th Jun '16 8:14:43 PM nombretomado
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* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'' has several examples:

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* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'' ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' has several examples:
27th May '16 9:44:27 PM Quanyails
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** In a case of Elves enslaving Elves, the Falmer (Snow Elves) were once slaves of the Dwemer ([[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]] that happen to be elves), until the Dwemer all mysteriously disappeared. As of Skyrim, they're a nonsentient species that inhabits Dwemer ruins and attack any humanoid that they find.
*** Also on Elves enslaving Elves, allegedly, this is what's going on with the Aldmeri Dominion in Valenwood. The Bosmer (Wood Elves) are second-class citizens in the pre-dominantly Altmer (High Elf) empire. That said, the Thalmor aren't any nicer to Altmer who don't subscribe to their beliefs.
* In Star Trek Elite Force 2, the Idryl are essentially this to the Atraxxians.

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** In a case of Elves enslaving Elves, the Falmer (Snow Elves) were once slaves of the Dwemer ([[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]] that happen to be elves), until the Dwemer all mysteriously disappeared. As of Skyrim, ''Skyrim'', they're a nonsentient non-sentient species that inhabits Dwemer ruins and attack any humanoid that they find.
*** Also on Elves enslaving Elves, allegedly, this is what's going on with the Aldmeri Dominion in Valenwood. The Bosmer (Wood Elves) are second-class citizens in the pre-dominantly predominantly Altmer (High Elf) empire. That said, the Thalmor aren't any nicer to Altmer who don't subscribe to their beliefs.
* In Star ''Star Trek Elite Force 2, 2'', the Idryl are essentially this to the Atraxxians.
27th May '16 9:43:48 PM Quanyails
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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', the Elves were once an advanced culture, and possessed immortality... Then humans showed up, and everything went straight to hell. By the time the game takes place, a few of the remaining elves live in savage, nomadic tribes in the deep woods, trying to keep the last few shreds of their culture alive - while the majority of them live amongst humans, where they're considered second-class citizens, relegated to slum-like 'Alienages', and mostly restricted to menial jobs such as being servants and messengers. However depending on decisions you make in the game, you can improve the situation for them, [[EarnYourHappyEnding if only by a bit.]]

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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', the Elves were once an advanced culture, and possessed immortality... Then humans showed up, and everything went straight to hell. By the time the game takes place, a few of the remaining elves live in savage, nomadic tribes in the deep woods, trying to keep the last few shreds of their culture alive - while alive--while the majority of them live amongst humans, where they're considered second-class citizens, relegated to slum-like 'Alienages', and mostly restricted to menial jobs such as being servants and messengers. However depending on decisions you make in the game, you can improve the situation for them, [[EarnYourHappyEnding if only by a bit.]]
22nd Nov '15 3:29:47 PM Piando
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* In ''DragonBall'' the three remaining Saiyans (outside the films and excluding Goku)are the 'elves' enslaved to Frieza and the latter's Planet Trade Organization.

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* In ''DragonBall'' ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' the three remaining Saiyans (outside the films and excluding Goku)are the 'elves' enslaved to Frieza [[GalacticConqueror Frieza]]q and the latter's Planet Trade Organization.



* In ''TheWitcher'' (at least in the books), Elves were once a noble and proud race, before humans came. At the time of the books humans threaten them, with parallels to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything European oppression of Native Americans]] in RealLife. And in last book [[spoiler: we can see a proud clan that escaped to another dimension to escape the fate of their fellow elves]].

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* In ''TheWitcher'' ''Literature/TheWitcher'' (at least in the books), Elves were once a noble and proud race, before humans came. At the time of the books humans threaten them, with parallels to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything European oppression of Native Americans]] in RealLife. And in last book [[spoiler: we can see a proud clan that escaped to another dimension to escape the fate of their fellow elves]].



* The Sithi from the ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series effectively ruled the entire continent of Osten Ard until the humans came and warred upon them. The few remaining Sithi have isolated themselves from the rest of the world, and though they are not slaves, their race is a shadow of its former glory. The BigBad of the series is a former Sithi prince who died in a war with the humans and now wishes to return to life.

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* The Sithi from the ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series effectively ruled the entire continent of Osten Ard until the humans came and warred upon them. The few remaining Sithi have isolated themselves from the rest of the world, and though they are not slaves, their race is a shadow of its former glory. The BigBad of the series is a former Sithi prince who died in a war with the humans and now wishes to return to life.



* On ''{{Series/Defiance}}'', the dwarf-like Liberata were once a race of greedy, powerful bankers. When the Votan homeworlds fell apart and everyone was forced to migrate to Earth, the Liberata lost all their wealth and power, and most of them are now stuck as domestic workers.

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* On ''{{Series/Defiance}}'', ''Series/{{Defiance}}'', the dwarf-like Liberata were once a race of greedy, powerful bankers. When the Votan homeworlds fell apart and everyone was forced to migrate to Earth, the Liberata lost all their wealth and power, and most of them are now stuck as domestic workers.
12th Nov '15 6:04:51 AM Prfnoff
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* The elves from the ''{{Deverry}}'' series once lived in grand cities, but after their cities' destruction, they have been reduced to nomadic tribes in the grasslands of the Westland. They have lost much of their lore and are explicitly noted to have a shorter lifespan than their ancestors.

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* The elves from the ''{{Deverry}}'' ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' series once lived in grand cities, but after their cities' destruction, they have been reduced to nomadic tribes in the grasslands of the Westland. They have lost much of their lore and are explicitly noted to have a shorter lifespan than their ancestors.
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