Easily the most unique characteristic Sarvannia is known for; Split Mountain is truly one of a kind. Completely inhabited by the elves, a deep ravine carved millions of years ago by the narrow salt water river now knowns as Mystical Waterway irrefutably divides this mountain. Though a common river to travel, it can be very dangerous to cross. During the summer its shallow rapids can whisk you away within seconds. However, during the winter its deep waters are deceptively calm, hiding an undercurrent that is inescapable. Once you are caught within its grasp you will never surface again.
There are only two spots where it is safe to cross this river, both manmade. One of these crossings is on Split Mountain. Located between the two elf kingdoms, this wood and stone bridge is always guarded on both sides. On the one side it is guarded by the typical red-haired elves. They live within the thick, green, temperate forests of the southwestern half of Split Mountain. On the other side it is guarded by their shadowy cousins, the dark elves. They live within the frozen, rocky, and barren wasteland of the northeastern half of Split Mountain. This unexplainable phenomenon that makes these two halves seem as if they are not from the same mountain is known across the universe, thereby making it a common tourist attraction.
Ironically, the entire mountain is equally inhabited by the same wildlife, but they have evolved according to the half they live on. This has resulted in every living creature upon Split Mountain to evolve into two very different breeds, just like the elves. Despite being just as different as the mountain they call home as well as its inhabitants in just about every way possible, surprisingly these two elf breeds have successfully maintained at the very least a civil relationship over the years. At times in history this relationship has even been pleasant, though it never lasts. Regardless if their relationship is civil or pleasant, they have always worked together peacefully with one common goal in mind: To maintain and protect Split Mountain, the same land their ancestors once called home.