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Ancient tales still survive today, about the world as it was once known.
It was a time of chaos.  Horrible climate changes, random layouts, dogs and
cats living together- mass hysteria!  This is one such tale of the first
major changes, a small preview of what was to come in the following ages.
The author is unknown, yet the story continues to survive.

The world has finally settled.   The great cataclysm is over.

After many years in peaceful existence the people of this world
started to experiment with magical methods of travel. One great wizard
stumbled across an ancient text which described a spell called The Great
Portal. This wizard and his fellow mages studied this text until they
believed they fully understood the nature of the great portal. A spell
which would allow one to travel between worlds.  On the day of Thunder
the wizards set out to test this spell and gain fame and fortune. Little
did they know that the spell was actually an evil device long ago created
by the Demon Lord Valkur.  Upon the casting of the spell the wizards stood 
in awe at the shimmering portal of light which opened before them.

Then a strange figure stepped through and gazed around. This figure smiled
a wicked smile and with one point of his finger destroyed the wizards where
they stood.  Thus began the cataclysm!  Valkur's demon hordes ravaged the 
land around the portal for days, bring mayhem and destruction to everything
they could find. Word quickly spread to the Great Kingdoms of the land of
the great bane the wizards had brought upon the world.  Soon Solace, Ofcol,
Thalos and Midgaard marched their armies of proud troops across the
continent to battle this foe.  The two forces met just to the west of the
city of Solace.

The forces battled for two straight weeks, until the clerics and mages of
the land gathered enough magical force to strike down the Demon Lord, but
Valkur would not fall so easily as his body was being torn apart by the
magics he attempted to destroy the world, but alas he did not have enough
strength left after maintaining the strength of his army during the fight.
Instead of destroying the world, he only managed to sever the massive
continent into smaller fragments.  The remainder of the demon forces
scattered through out the newly formed western continent awaiting their
lord's return. Even though the forces of good were victorious, Valkur's
evil presence still looms over the world. Swamps and evil creatures arose
from the dark woods and the great kingdom of Thalos sank into the sea
leaving only a portion of the culture surviving. Some still say that Valkur
was not destroyed on that glorious day, only that the wizards and clerics
destroyed his body, leaving his evil soul to roam about the world seeking a
way to return and exact his revenge.