1st Cataclysm

Sometime in First Age

Legend

“The emergence of the Vampires unleashed an unprecedented force, disrupting the delicate balance of the Vornir scheme. In an attempt to restore equilibrium, all the Divine Races became embroiled in the conflict, but their unleashed energies spiralled out of control.”

Skjald Vinotis

 

History

Through ancient scrolls, books, and conversations, particularly with the Thursar who remain detached from the schemes of the Divine Races and recount only what their memories hold, it has become clear that the 1st Cataclysm was the result of unleashed energies building up to an uncontrollable crescendo. Some individuals even fed this swirling maelstrom with twisted delight.

Their misguided endeavour sought to merge the Astral realm fully with our World. Concurrently, the emergence of the Vampires, a race unable to survive in the Astral realm, and the ongoing conflicts between certain Divine Races and the Vampires led us to believe that the cataclysm was an attempt to eradicate this new enigmatic race, born from the Ljost- and Drakk Alfar.

Skjald Sigurd

 

The released energies were wielded by hundreds, if not thousands, of the most powerful Mana Manipulators. They Hand Weaved countless threads of Mana Threads, some in direct conflict, others as a supportive force, and eventually as mere fuel for the chaos. Some individuals descended into madness, while others found themselves adrift amidst their own released energies, dissolving into a haunting mist with agonised screams.

We know that several Races participated in this fray.

Skjald Valgrif

 

The unrestrained energies reshaped the world, causing massive landmass shifts, sinking islands, and towering mountain ranges to rise or crumble. The cataclysm also had severe implications for the evolution of life, giving rise to archaic creatures and peculiar effects on Flora and Fauna. However, if the goal was to eradicate all vampires, the Divines failed miserably, as the vampires still persist. Meanwhile, the once magnificent Alfar sites, crafted with the assistance of the Divine Races, now exist solely as fading memories in the minds of a select few.

Skjald Sigurd

 

One of the most brutal encounters occurred when a coalition of Wickeryadi, Archaic, and Drakk Alfar launched an assault on the altered Alfar Vampires at The Grey Crevasse. Unexpectedly, a horde of never-before-seen T'Aurs descended upon the battlefield, aiding the vampires. These enigmatic T’Aurs astounded all with their appearance, strength, and brutality. The descendants of these T’Aurs are now known as LEGIO V.

Skjald El Mary

 

Cartography

It is said that this cataclysmic event tilted the world, causing the sun to no longer traverse the equatorial belt known as The Rim. Instead, it now moves in an elliptical path closest to the North and South poles. As a result, the poles have become scorching hot regions of boiling sand, while the Rim has turned into a freezing wasteland.

Skjald El Mary

 

 

 

 

 

Special

Since the 1st Cataclysm, the Divine Races have never again attempted to bring the astral realm fully into our world, and we should count ourselves fortunate for that. The aftermath of the cataclysm brought forth nothing but suffering and aberrations, as seen in the arduous plight of the Archaic and the myriad of anomalies that sprouted south of the Rim. The first cataclysm did no good for us.

Skjald Yell'a'Beard

Last Updated on 2024-02-11 by IoM-Christian