Dark elves were a sub-race of elves, but not like night or high elves. They were beautiful in their own way, too, but it was a cold, haughty beauty, one that in the end repelled. The beauty of the dark elves was said to be almost as chill as Deathwing's voice, if not colder. They were lesser beings with minute lifespans and quick to rashness, plunging into what was believed too great a risk. There were rumors that the Dark elves were all extinct, but this is proven to be false.
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The Dark elf race had survived and remained in a place which was known to be the Dark Below. The Dark elves have worshipped their dark master, who was revealed to be the Dark titan Sargeras, creator of the Burning Legion. The Dark elves were then sent by their master to infiltrate any land in Kalimdor and prepare for the upcoming war against the uncorrupted races. One of these lands that the Dark elves invaded was Barrow Forest, homeland of the Furbolgs. However, when the Night elves came to aid the Furbolgs in their conflict, many Dark elves were killed, and the rest were forced to retreat.
In World of Warcraft: The Dark Below, Dark elves are expected to play a major role in the expansion where they have infiltrated several lands in Kalimdor.