The Great Collapse Physical / Metaphysical Law in The Wildland Chronicles | World Anvil

The Great Collapse

In the annals of history, the Great Collapse stands as a pivotal event that marked the end of the First Civilization within the Umbrasol Basin. This cataclysmic series of disasters, coupled with a relentless invasion from the untamed wildlands, plunged the once-thriving civilization into chaos and despair. It was a time when the basin's inhabitants faced the brink of extinction, with only the resilience and heroism of individuals like Aleron Veridian preventing the total annihilation of their culture and way of life.

Calamities of Disunity

The Great Collapse was a convergence of three calamities of unprecedented scale, each capable of wreaking havoc on their own. These were believed to be caused by the aspects of Trionis being out of sync with one another, Something the Church of the Holy Triad aims to avoid occuring again.

The Deluge of the Twin Rivers

The first disaster was a catastrophic flood that engulfed the basin, causing the mighty Dawnlight and Duskfall Rivers to burst their banks. The relentless torrent of water inundated settlements, farmlands, and sacred sites, displacing countless lives and erasing centuries of history.

The Rupture of the Earth

As if the flood wasn't enough, the basin was shaken by a series of devastating earthquakes. The very ground trembled and cracked, unleashing destruction upon the already struggling civilization. Entire cities were reduced to rubble, and vast chasms swallowed the landscape.

The Wrath of the Hurricane

The third calamity came in the form of an unyielding hurricane that battered the basin with unimaginable force. Fierce winds uprooted ancient trees, tore through structures, and claimed countless lives. The hurricane's fury seemed never-ending, leaving survivors grappling with grief and desolation.

Invasion of the Wildlands

Amidst the chaos of the three disasters, the wildlands, a vast and untamed expanse beyond the basin's borders, saw an opportunity for invasion. The wildlands' malevolent forces surged forth, their numbers seemingly endless, overwhelming the weakened defenses of the First Civilization. Hordes of ferocious creatures, driven by insatiable hunger and primal instincts, descended upon the basin, leaving death and destruction in their wake.

Aleron Veridian and the Heroes

In the face of the relentless invasion from the untamed wildlands during the Great Collapse, a group of valiant heroes emerged, led by the indomitable Aleron Veridian. These brave individuals became beacons of hope and resilience, uniting the shattered remnants of the First Civilization and standing as defenders against the wildland onslaught.
As the cataclysmic events of the Great Collapse unfolded, the wildlands' malevolent forces seized the opportunity to invade the basin. It was a time of unparalleled darkness and despair, as the basin's inhabitants struggled to survive amidst the devastation. But in the midst of this chaos, Aleron Veridian heard a divine calling, a revelation that urged him to take up arms and confront the encroaching darkness.

Gathering of the Heroes

Aleron's unwavering faith and leadership inspired other courageous souls to rally to his cause. Together, they formed a fellowship of heroes, each with their own unique skills and strengths. Among them were warriors skilled in both martial prowess and strategy, wise scholars with deep knowledge of ancient lore, and skilled healers who tended to the wounded and bolstered their companions' spirits. Over the course of years, this fellowship grew in number as they encountered fellow survivors and refugees from the ravaged settlements. With a shared purpose and a vision of reclaiming their homeland, the heroes forged unbreakable bonds, becoming a formidable force against the wildlands.

Campaign of the Heroes

The heroes embarked on a relentless campaign to push back the wildland invaders. It was a war of attrition, where they faced ferocious creatures and dark entities from the untamed expanse. The battles were grueling, and the losses were great, but their resolve remained unyielding.
Aleron and his companions led daring expeditions into the heart of the wildlands, striking at the very heart of the enemy's strength. They thwarted the wildlands' attempts to gain a foothold within the basin and launched counteroffensives to reclaim lost territories. Every victory fueled the basin's inhabitants with renewed hope, inspiring others to join the fight against the encroaching chaos.
Through their collective efforts and unwavering determination, the heroes gradually turned the tide of the conflict. The wildland forces, once seemingly unstoppable, found themselves facing a united front that refused to yield.
As the years passed, the heroes pushed the wildlands back beyond the basin's borders, reclaiming vast swaths of land that had once been lost to the invaders. The united front of the basin's inhabitants, led by Aleron Veridian and his fellowship, became a beacon of hope, showing the power of unity in the face of darkness.

Legacy of the collapse

Their triumph over the wildlands became a defining moment in the basin's history, solidifying the legacy of Aleron Veridian and the heroes as the stalwart defenders who saved the basin from the brink of annihilation. Their deeds continue to inspire generations to come, a testament to the enduring spirit of courage, resilience, and unity in the face of adversity.
The Great Collapse remains etched in the basin's collective memory as a time of immense suffering and profound resilience. The cataclysmic events shaped the course of history, leaving a lasting impact on the basin's inhabitants and the faith they hold dear. From the ashes of destruction arose the Church of the Holy Triad, a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring hope for a better future, united under the protective embrace of Trionis. Though as peace has reigned over the Basin petty squabbling and power plays begin to rise once more amongst the inhabitants of the Basin.


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Aug 8, 2023 06:09 by George Sanders

Great work with all the prompts. Interesting to see this was a calamity of calamities and the triggering event for the heroes.

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Aug 9, 2023 13:33 by Matthew Lloyd

Hi. Yes I went with this approach as I wanted a reason to have ruin throughout my setting and a somewhat definitive start point for the modern history. Also working with the idea of the cyclical nature of history was a fun avenue to explore