Time of Tears
A period early in the worlds history where all races were very xenophobic and were constantly at war with each other. Trade, arts, research, etc. were all but at a standstill due to the inability of the various races to cooperate. The nation of Istlun, led by the Knights of St. Celeste, took it upon themselves to bring as much of the continent under their control by force, planning on eradicating ‘undesireable’ races to promote peace. After conquering much of the continent, one of their leading paladins, Velios, betrayed the Knights after something terrible happened to him that he blamed on the Order and his god. Before he killed himself, he swore to Vecna, god of undeath, that if he were given power to rise again, he would end the war Istlun had started. Reincarnated as a powerful undead warrior, Velios quickly rallied what was left of the armies of the continent, unified them, and led a massive counter offensive driving the Knights of St. Celeste back towards Istlun. He stopped his war at the borders of Istlun, and took his own private army of undead, devils, and other powerful beings into St. Celeste’s domain in the Astral Plane and waged war against her personally. At some point in an epic battle, both Velios and St. Celeste became mortally wounded, and plummeted from the Astral Sea, crashing into the middle of Istlun. The release of divine and arcane energy from two beings of their power sent a wave of destruction over Istlun, killing a majority of the population, and turning who was left into undead, some of which are sentient. Upon seeing the destruction the war and subsequent actions left, the races of the world decided to call for a peace, making pacts and oaths that this never happens again, and formed the city of Everpeace as a symbol of these promises.