THE GREAT SUNDERING

General. The Great Sundering of the races took place in approx. 11900 b.S. 11750 b.S. After the destruction of the elven metropolis of F'vcal'r and the turning of the once splendorous lands into nothing but a ravaged wasteland the races went their separate ways. All of the original leaders of the races were slain during the horrific fighting. Quarrels erupted between the new leaders of not only the races, but also within their own race as well. This resulted in the splitting of armies and families. Each group then went their own way.

The Sundering of the Dwarves. During the days of fighting the elves two great dwarven commanders arose. Kurak the Strong and Vurag. Kurak was eventually nominated head of the dwarven army after the death of their original commander, for he was viewed as not only strong, but wise as well. Kurak immediately saw the uselessness of fighting over what remained of F'v'cal'r and began to slowly disengage his forces. When Kurak slowly retreated south, Vurag and his troops were no longer with him. He still retained the greater part of the dwarven people, and led them into the high slopes of the Prominent Mountains where they built great wonders in the years to come.

Vurag though, had risen to prominence, due to his feared reputation of mindless butchery. There was no dispute as to his skills, or their effectiveness however. He refused to disengage his troops when Kurak gave the command. He kept fighting until forced out of the lands by the orcs, he and his troops grudgingly retreated north to the Imlith Mountains. There they had constant skirmishes with the orcs and goblins that fled north and settled in the area. The constant warfare and atrocities on both sides kept Vurag's people in a semi barbarous state.

The final group of dwarves to emerge from the death throes of F'v'cal'r were the Mitharim. Mithra was a low positioned officer in a dwarvish infantry troop that had been cut off from the main force of Kurak. He and the rest of his troop had to commence with a fighting withdrawal. During this withdrawal, heavy casualities were faced, and Mithra proved himself by gathering up the shattered remnants and leading them to some half-ruined docks. Once at the docks, he stole several strong ships of war and sailed south. There was not a single sailor among them, and they were blown far out to sea. They would eventually come to land far to the south in the Mithril Mountains, and form the Mitharim clan.

The Sundering of the Humans. During the wars of dominance for F'v'cal'r, the human leader was slain. Being orderly, he had four sub commanders, each in charge of a seperate division. There was the infantry, calvary, navy, and ranged. These commanders did not vie for the newly open position, they just stayed in control of their assigned areas. This was partly due to the discipline of the army, and partly because the former leader had simply been a figure head and the sub commanders had all met in councils and made the decisions without him.

When it was time fore the human armies to leave the war, the seperate commanders simply took their men wherever they chose. True, some men deserted one army and joined another, but for the most they stayed loyal to their commanders. The seperation was not equal in the terms of men, as the army had always been mostly made up of infantry and calvary.

The Sundering of the Orcs. The least is known about this race, as they did not keep records of their own at the time. Also many of the races viewing the orcs didn't deem it worth keeping track of them. Perhaps with the exception of attacks. What is known though is that when Avsh'aela, the notorious Bone Queen, killed the orcish warlord Us'gar the orcs and goblins scattered and were broken by fear.

One orc by the name of Grag'tharkle was able to claw his way into a position of power and gathered many of his brethren and settled into the Wilshirer Heath area. Many of the others settled in scattered pockets in the Heath of Wilderon. Of the other orcs nothing is known, except that they disperesed throughout the land.

The Sundering of the Elves. The people on whom the most sorrow befell had to decide whether or not to leave the remnants of their once great empire. In the end after staying longer then any of the other races, many departed.

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