Piety and Poison
For over three centuries, the Nerathian Empire stood as the ruling body over the continent of Kareshal and many states beyond.
It started to fall into disarray and decline in the year -110 AE after its powerful and popular Empress Ellisha Nerath VII went missing and presumed dead at the Battle of Maelir Sound. This lead to a series of succession wars which destabilized the empire and reduced it to warring city-states.
This decline led to a brief Dark Age until the formation of the Ascendant Empire.