The Winter War
Began in Fall 1184CE. Men and Dwarves squared off against Elves and Orcs due to a misunderstanding. The elves had given the humans a rare tree and planted it at Asheim as a symbol that the light struggled still against the dark. During an undead raid against Asheim, the tree was by accident burned and felled. The elves, seeing their precious gift killed, where enraged. They confronted the human leader of Asheim at the time, Markos Foeshammer. Markos had never really liked elves, but tolerated them due to the need for their war materiel. However, in this instance his tongue got away from him, and he told the elven representative: “Only an elf would show more concern for a fragile tree than for the lives of the men who died on this ground to protect both the Midlands and the Elven Kingdoms from the scourge of Undeath.” This lead to the Elves pulling their support for Asheim. A scant few months later, they began an assault into the Midlands from the Everwood, the site of their homes.
The dwarves sided with the Humans, citing a long partnership and a mutual suspicion of the magic and culture of the elves. The orcs threw their weight in behind the elves, as they had experienced rough treatment at the hands of humanity. The result was the Winter War, which took place between Fall of 1184CE and ended with the coming of summer 1185CE. The end result was a wash as far as the borders were concerned, but priceless old growth forest had been burned, human cities were sacked, and all of the ground gained in the Ashen Wastes was lost up to the walls of Asheim. Since that time, relations have remained cool between the Humans and the Elven kind. The war had the effect of strengthening relations between the Humans and Dwarves.