Descended from the Highborne night elves who left Kalimdor, the high elves settled in the Eastern Kingdoms and founded the kingdom of Quel'Thalas.
High Elf History
The high elves were once a significant force on the continent, but in recent times their numbers have been dramatically reduced: almost all of their population was slaughtered during the Third War. Following this, most of the surviving high elves changed their name to "blood elves" or sin'dorei—children of the blood in Thalassian—in remembrance of their fallen brethren, and no longer consider themselves high elven.
However, a few high elves did not become blood elves. When Quel'Thalas left the Alliance, some high elves chose to remain with their allies over their kingdom, and to this day still support the Alliance. Some high elves were exiled from Quel'Thalas after the Third War. Other high elf remnants have chosen to rejoin the Alliance in recent years, arriving to a cold reception. Modern high elves are a rare sight, and are commonly mistaken for blood elves. In consequence, there are so few high elves left on Azeroth today that they cannot be considered a race in anything other than the biological sense. High elves did not gather in any significant numbers, nor did they act as a coordinated whole. They are a very small group of individuals scattered all over the world. As such, they do not have common opinions or goals. Indeed, modern high elves cannot even truly be said to have a culture—only a past filled with glory and regret.
As a people, the high elves are all but extinct: the remnants of the remnants of a fallen race. Though without any official leader, Vereesa Windrunner—the younger sister of both Sylvanas and Alleria—leads one of the few organized high elf collaborations, the Silver Covenant, as its self-styled Ranger General. Auric Sunchaser, a captain of the remnants of Alleria's ranger cadre found in Terokkar Forest, serves as the high elven representative at the restored Sunwell in modern Quel'Thalas.