Gulimbor Cataclysm

LocationAzrik, Gulimbor, Ma'Ohari, Urizigar
Period996 - 1203

In the Domination Wars (995 - 1016), the First Khazarkar Empire was fighting for complete domination of the Gulimbor region. The wars were tough since the Khazarkars got embroiled in conflict with several empires at one time. In 996, the Eldritch Conclave started employing powerful arcane arts of Lith-Crillion origin (c.f. web weavers). These magicks allowed them to tap into the Web of Magic and greatly enhance the output of their spells. The Conclave continued to tamper with The Weave even after two of their most powerful wizards were killed by weave spiders. There unbridled use of the Web's arcane energy created the Gulimbor Cataclysm.

It was 996, the third crossing of Urok-Leptyr. A storm was rolled in from the coast. It was unlike anything we had seen before - a maelstrom of magical lightning, tornadoes, and a radiance of colors of the entire spectrum. It tore through the landscape leaving behind lightning storms, plumes of fire, and in some places levitating rocks and other debris straight up. These were all from magic and in no way natural. The storm wiped out an infantry brigade of magic warded troops like a reaper. The few that survived were no longer Khazarkar or even human, some were twisted aberrations of their former selves, while other were polymorphed, changed, or perhaps shape changed into dire beasts and monsters. The storm demolished the enemy hold Thular-Tûr. For many years thereafter, the ruins were plagued with horse-like monstrosities with long trunks (disenchanter). These beasts disenchanted even the greatest magic upon touch and were impervious to most spells.

On the rise of Khâls Forge, we marched northeast towards Ing-Serold. Looking back, the split in the Web was clearly visible a mile out to sea.

Magical storms continued to spill out, long after we left the lands for Brucrumus.

- Tânôzar, web weaver of the Eldritch Conclave - "Chronicle of the Conclave War"

In 1005, deadening effects in the Web of Magic started occurring in numerous places across Gulimbor and beneath. A year later some of these grew worse, becoming an even stronger deterioration in the Web resulting in Cascades. Where cascade deadening effects crossed, their areas exponentially increased, causing vast devastation. In a little less than a decade, nearly the entire region of Gulimbor was under some sort of magical effect or destruction. The weather and temperatures changed drastically in some areas. The region was also subject to many more tornadoes and hurricanes. The destabilization of the Web of Magic created temporary rifts to other systems. In a few cases, entire towns were drawn into the rift and dumped on another world. Living spells became active in some areas, and normal creatures started giving birth to aberrations. Most of these newborn animals became dire animals. Many aberrations from the Far Realm came to Bal-Kriav by way of these rifts. One example is the skybleeder, a monstrous flying aberration, which now dwells across the realm.

The Web of Magic was slowly repaired by the weave spiders, but the damage to Gulimbor and adjacent regions would take nature almost a thousand years to repair. By 1203, the Web of Magic bordering Gulimbor had been repaired as much as it could. Any remaining problems would be permanent.

The Gulimbor Cataclysm is one of the main factors that led to the Great Exodus (998 - 1017) and the abandonment of the region by civilized peoples. Even today, the region is wild and dangerous to travel.

In 1443, Geb aided the mortal Sakazrân Garbanâth in destroying the Sceptre of Phenul-Tamrâk. The destruction of this artifact stabilized Gulimbor, lessing the damage caused by the region's magical weather.