Thousands of years ago the Dwarven Clan of Grimiron created the beautiful city of Rasund in the Vail Mountains on Velec. The City grew and thrived for hundreds of years. It’s rulers took special care to keep their stronghold a secret from the elves who later took residence in the nearby forests. Every hundred years or so a rumour would start in the elven villages that there was something in the mountains. That someone had spotted something shining on a mountaintop and suspected an armour-clad being. The stories would become more and more nonsensical before they faded away, only to have another rumour start.
It turns out these rumours have some truth. There are in fact dwarves living in the mountains. the dwarves have distrusted the elves of Velec from the moment they set foot on the continent. There were many years of peaceful trade. It was years before the first conflicts broke out between the nations. It began with silly things, the elves accused the dwarfs of charging more than their wares were worth, the dwarves accused the elves of entering their mines and stealing gemstones, and so on. One day the King of Rasund and Chief of the Grimiron Clan decided that enough was enough. The dwarves did not need the elves to survive and set up patrols and barricades around the Vail Mountains. This shortly became enchantments and traps, then magical barriers and eventually became the current protections as well as the horror stories generated by the humans and elves on the rest of Velec.