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The Adar (noun and adjective; singular and plural: Adar) were a mysterious psionic race who once inhabited the area now known as Laric (as well as some lands to the West which have since sunk beneath the seas). In modern times, details about their society are sparse, but based on ancient descriptions, they looked much like humans, except for their distinctive blue or dark red hair.
Some accounts claim that their mental powers and mental resistances were so strong that their courtship rituals resembled a Charm Person spell; and that in their context this was not considered a violation or aggression, because unlike most beings, an Adar who was not interested could simply choose to resist, making their feelings clear.
In the year 1317 BPD (Before Present Day), not long before the Shatterwar, the Adar sent five emissaries to the rulers of other nations, all bearing a single message: "We are tired of the interference of the gods, we are leaving". Aghast and agape, the uncomprehending Kings of men, dwarves and elvenkind ask many questions (not least among them 'what do you mean, leave?'). But the last word of each messenger is: "Difficult times are coming."
By the time the other nations made the effort to investigate this baffling, seemingly cryptic message, their own messengers, explorers and military scouts reported back that the Adar had completely disappeared, even including their structures, leaving only a few crystals, the island city of Eloyah, and their otherwise empty lands.
Many who lived nearby were hesitant to move into those deserted lands - fearful of some curse or disease, but undaunted by such concerns, Halflings from the nearby hills began to expand there. Only very slowly, over time, did other opportunistic souls begin to settle there alongside them.