Of Gods and Man - A Prayer of Sacrifice
After the creation of Gods and Goddesses, time was steady and patient. Orcs began to outnumber Elves, but in their warmongering ways also chose to fight the Dwarves and other creatures of the world, spreading their large numbers thin and manageable, if but troubling at times. The Dwarves had their mountain homes to grant them an advantage, but the Elves needed to be craftier.
They began to supplement their numbers by animating nature itself with magical essence...initially primitive methods such as helping grow tree roots upwards to act as tables, walls, benches, palisades, or anything useful both towards defense and general living, yet as their understanding of nature grew, so did their constructs. Large Entalawens, or 'Tree Folk' were formed, most notably the Entaladans, also known as 'Tree Beasts'. These hulking masses of lumber served as beasts of burden, pulling carts, being ridden, defending the forests and all that was required, and for the most part it proved useful. Its true enemy was fire, and given its ability to move, a luxury not offered to most plantlife before, it could outrun this shortcoming and grab many Elves in its departure. However, it was not perfect. Much like the animals it took inspiration from, it lacked basic reasoning and proved to be a bit unwieldy at times, especially the larger Tree Beasts.
As the Elves better understood the scope of their needs, they refined their magic and honed it further and further until their greatest achievement yet. They formed the Entaflorians, later to be known as Florians. These beings were made with the Elven image in mind, yet crafted from the trees, and risen lovingly from the soil, and they were marvelous. Able to speak, reason, empathize, learn, and a myriad of other important other processes, they were welcomed into Elven societies with open arms. There was a very important distinction however: Although they acted with autonomy, they lacked the ability to understand. They could emulate feelings but never process them. In effect, they were the middle ground between a golem and a humanoid. Quickly they were accepted into society. Elven empathy did not allow them to look at these creations as simple tools or a means to an end.
Names were given to the Florians and often they were allowed into social structures. If an Elf perished, the Florian would step in to act as a sort of midwife to fill the parental roles in a child's life, and while they did not share loving bond with the remaining parent, they could be taught to cook, clean, mend clothes, and other things necessary to a child's life. The Florians were armed and allowed to fight alongside their creators and companions...The same creators who would mourn every loss.