The Sundering

The Sundering was a mysterious event that occurred in the history of the Known World that resulted in the collapse of The Empire. It is unknown what precipitated the event and isn't even well known how long ago it was (at least several generations, some say many centuries), but the end result was that the many cities and centers of The Empire were cut off from one another by the progeny of Chaos.

As a result of The Sundering The Church declared the use of the Arts forbidden. While practitioners of magic claim they were scapegoats, the rank and file of The Church swear that it was overreach by unnatural forces that caused the turmoil and all that saved the people of the Known World was the intervention of divine influence.