As time passed within the world of man, nations formed and went to war, determined to capture as much land and people as possible. The Ceynesian empire was most fervent in these efforts, attacking all other nations in their efforts to take over the world. When the wars had waged for so long and no end seemed to be in sight, the gods finally intervened after remaining entirely uninvolved in the world’s affairs since its creation.
On the 5th of Sulinel in the year 2952, Father Zhagos was sent down from the Void to deal with the matter. Wielding his mighty hammer, Zhagos struck the land three times, forming cracks and fissures that splintered out in several directions until the single landmass separated into eight pieces, more or less along the political boundaries that Man had created. With the land no longer anchored as one mass, the shift cycle took over, moving the Isles about the globe, thus effectively stopping the world war.
After that, Ceynes still had aspirations of world domination, but their efforts were hampered or stopped. Being the central region of the original landmass, Ceynes never had ships of any kind, so they had to be developed after the empire became surrounded by oceans. This was a long and tedious process as they lacked the technology for such a thing. Once Ceynes did amass a naval force, though, they still found difficulties in reaching other lands as navigation without any sort of advanced satellite imagery required an extensive knowledge of the shift cycle and precise calculations in order to determine where their target destination might be.
The Breaking was experienced the world over, and was the only time that Man got to witness the presence of a god, thousands of people able to see Father Zhagos filling the sky and bringing his hammer down upon the world.
It was this event that spurred the creation of starglass Gates, portals that restored some semblance of quick transportation between the Isles.
Accounts of the Breaking can be found in:
- The House of Denmer series