Throne of Thorns
The homeland of the elven race on Golarion, Kyonin (pronounced ky-OH-nihn)was completely abandoned by the elves for millennia before the fall of the Starstone. Only recently (by elven standards) returned to Golarion they have reclaimed their ancient homeland and have set about trying to repopulate their magnificent home while dealing with a world much changed from the one they left thousands of years before.
Queen Telandia Edasseril, the elven monarch, is the ruler of Kyonin. Although she is an absolute monarch, Talandia is a liberal queen who understands that freedom is one of the highest ideals of the elven race. She wishes to shepherd her people toward a greater future, and to rebuild elven culture on Golarion to the heights it reached before Earthfall. Unfortunately, Telandia’s subjects tend to focus more on their own pursuits, rather than in terms of national or racial goals.
Queen Telandia is surrounded by advisors from all walks of life to assist her in ruling the elven nation. Not all of these advisors are solicited, however; the Winter Council, for example, is a shadowy group of elven traditionalists who have secretly assisted elven kings and queens since the return to Golarion. The conservative Council has proved a thorn in the side of the liberal queen.
Kyonin may not always have been known as Kyonin and has not always had the same borders as it has today but it has always been the spiritual homeland of the elves. It is unknown exactly how long elves have resided in the lands now known as Kyonin, before the Earthfall the elves did not measure time in any meaningful way, only by the great astrological cycles and the ebb and flow of the seasons. Certainly Kyonin had been inhabited for a very long time before the Earthfall and the coming of the Age of Darkness. Despite the innumerable years the elves had spent dwelling amongst the vast forests and rolling fields of their homelands in -5293 AR they were forced to abandoned their ancient home. The elven seers foresaw the coming of the Starstone and the devastation it would wreak on Golarion. Seeing no other alternative the elves retreated from Golarian via the Sovyrian Stone to the mysterious realm of Sovyrian. They left behind them little more than legends and fantastical ruined cities. Some elves, however, did remain on Golarion: some stayed as stewards of their former homes and ancient cities; some stayed out of a loyalty for Golarion and some stayed believing that they could easily survive the coming apocalypse or believed that the seers were simply wrong.