Rise of the Warlock King
The Elven Magocracy ruled the lands that now make up the Empire of the Dwarves for centuries. There were numerous cities governed by the (generally) benevolent Council of Wizards from within their sprawling crystal castles and keeps.
During the many centuries of elven rule the lands were made (relatively) safe. Dragons, and other dangerous monsters, were hunted down and destroyed (or driven off) by the well loved Dragon Hunters.
Magic was plentiful in those days and the standard of living, as well as the life expectancy, was quite high. Wonders were created to be commonplace and it seemed that all the lands had entered into a golden age that would last forever.
Then came Nophkeh the Demon Warlock, and everything was torn apart.