Atlea and Beyond
The Temptation of the Sage Council
The Sage Council established by Mordenkainen to protect the world was not perfect. Over the first hundred years of the Fifth Age, great progress was made in magical study and Atlea was better for it. But the wizards in the Sage Council grew discontent with how things were being run. They each harboured ill feelings toward Mordenkainen, believing that their Council could do much more if they were not neutral. Asmodeus had been watching these events with great interest and took the opportunity to whisper ambitious thoughts into each of their ears. Over the next few hundred years, the Sage were biding their time, gathering power for themselves and studying evil secrets away from Mordenkainen’s eyes. The events that would follow would not only destroy the Sage Council and Mordenkainen, but set Atlea’s progress back thousands of years. The War of Ages, a near-apocalyptic event, nearly claimed the lives of all the dwellers of Atlea. Magical fire consumed everything, as arcane powers never-before-seen on Atlea were wielded by the most powerful mages in history. Mordenkainen himself was driven to the edge, forced to sacrifice almost everything to save the world. Small pockets of civilisation were preserved, but Mordenkainen and much of his writings, along with thousands of years of progress were lost to history.
The Sixth Age began in darkness, an age of ignorance and the slow rebuilding of the world. A single bastion of the old history was preserved in the Library of Auor, closely guarded by dwarves and their creations.