The ariel are winged elves that are nearly extinct. They were originally empowered to be the guardians of the arboreal forests, protecting the forests from their tree top aeries. Unfortunately, they have been hunted, used as strike forces, enslaved, and isolated for millennia by various factions – including elven factions.
There has been some speculation that the ariel are the source of many legends regarding winged angels. However, enough angels have been seen since the fall of the ariel that it is often thought that the ariel are a form of elf that thought to become more than they were. Others choose to believe that the ariel are fallen angels, or angels sent to earth to aid the elves or even other races.