After the cataclysm, refugees from what is now Ablesh moved into Descain and settled in ruins of elven design, assuming them empty. The assumption was proven incorrect, as the Sylae elven dynasty, hibernating through the worst years of the cataclysm, were re-awoken by the human refugees.
The elves reacted violently to the interlopers, but the humans outnumbered the elves and were not weakened by a centuries long slumber. Several ruin complexes were the sites of bloody massacres, reducing the elven populations of those ruins to mere fractions of their former numbers. The humans now occupy five of the eight ancient elven cities, the other cities have negotiated a peace with the humans, allowing those elves that remain slumbering in the occupied cities to be moved to those that remain in elf control.
An uneasy truce now exists between the two races.