Dokaelfar or the Dark Elves are seen in various modes. Sometimes
they are confused with the lower orders of the Unseelie or the parasitic
and vampiric hordes of the dark magics. But that is not what we speak
of here. The true Dokaelfar were the ones who voluntarily descended into
the material realms responding to the creative impulses of the Aelfar.
They were the more materialized versions of the Aelfar, thus darker since
matter creates shadows and is more solid, thus dark. This was a great
sacrifice for these beings and we owe them emonous thanks.
It is sometimes said that there was a conflict between the Aelfar and
Dokaelfar, just as it is often written that there is a continual conflict
between the Seelie and Unseelie. However, this is a simplistic and anthropormorphized
envisioning of the situation. The "conflict" between the Aelfar
and the Dokaelfar was the discrepancy between the "ideals" that
the Aelfar sought to bring into manifestation and the practical reality
of making that happen. For instance, let's say the design for a building
requires 5,000 nails. However, the practicality is that 500 more nails
will be needed because during construction nails will become bent, lost
and unusuable. Because the material world is "thicker" and "slower",
it is less receptive to the power of instantaneous magics. This fact is
to protect us from our own uncontrolled impulses as we learn about and
develop the powers of thought and will. However, it also means that things
don't always turn out the way we plan, or at least not immediately and
this is the "conflict" that ever occurs between strategy (the
realm of the Aelfar) and tactics (the province of the Dokaelfar).