The Fall

Reports of how The Fall occurred differ wildly, but almost all stories have some important similarities. The commonalities of these vastly different tales read something like this:

One night, many centuries ago, the sky erupted with fire. For many minutes people gazed up into the bright night sky with wonder or fear. Some reports even described it, quietly and subdued, as beautiful. Then the fires that blazed across the sky winked out, only to be replaced by the most terrifying and tumultuous thunder which any had ever heard. The earth shook. Rivers diverted from their courses, and lakes overflowed their banks. Some waterways dried up completely, others swelled.

When the earth ceased shaking, the sky was black. No stars were visible in the night sky, and for ten days and ten nights all was covered in darkness. When the sun finally rose on the eleventh day, the mighty and ancient empires which had ruled the continent since time immemorial were gone.

The landscape had been drastically altered. Mountains had fallen to plains. Plains had ruptured and given birth to streams, rivers, and lakes. Fertile riverbanks became dry, grim overlooks of dead and silent trenches. Most dramatic of all, the waters of the great Arabeth Ocean had poured into the center of the continent of Thordravor, forming the Sea of Squalls overnight.

In those eleven days, the world had been transformed. Governments were wiped away, entire cities vanished, and routes of travel for commerce and culture were irreparably severed. For years, crops would fail, ash would fall from the heavens as often as rain, and the seasons were unpredictable.

In the years that followed The Fall, civilization’s descendants clawed through the debris and ruin to form some semblance of order and community. Some succeeded, forming new communities and nations out of the ashes of what was. Others have fallen to savagery and a return to the barbarism of nomads, anarchy, and distrust.

Each culture has its own explanation for why The Fall occurred, but all agree that its effects were catastrophic, irreversible, and ongoing.

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The Fall

Dahrylon Evhelm