Description[edit | edit source]
The Calamites effectively ended or severely crippled the civilizations that came before the current one, so much so that people are still piecing together a picture of that time. According to the historical sources in Horn Mountain, Montfort, the first of the Calamities was the most destructive and longest lasting.
Global Climate Change Calamities[edit | edit source]
This first of the Calamities was a catastrophic change in climate due to widespread pollution on a global scale. It worsened over decades, each year worse than the last. Drought rocked much of the world, including lands beyond the oceans bordering the continent. Drought, in time, led to agricultural collapse, famine, migration, upheaval, and war in the affected areas, with many refugees attempting to flee into the regions still producing food.
The changing climate fed into deadly storm systems, both on land and at sea, driving many people inland from the coasts, where they found themselves facing blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, and drought-born, long-lasting dust storms. Rapidly changing temperature norms effectively pushed humans tp the brink, while leading to the extinction of many plants and animals. Sea-level rise also contributed to the boxing-in effect, forcing populations into smaller and smaller areas of habitation. There was also extreme flooding, which transformed the mouth of the Great River and the surrounding region, submerging hundreds of miles of land to form the coastlines we know today.
In conjunction with flooding, widespread earthquakes changed the western coastline, forming a sea in what once a massive valley. Long-dormant volcanoes erupted in the northwest, shooting millions of tons of ash into the air.
Resource Wars Calamities[edit | edit source]
Resource wars sparked everywhere and often, over water, fuel, land, etc. These were largely seen in clashes between organizations, or between organizations and indigenous peoples. Very few larger governments were directly in conflict in the first years of the resource wars.
Pandemics Calamities[edit | edit source]
In the midst of such turmoil, disease sprang up in many regions, spreading outward even into "safe" groups. Many diseases were mutated versions of less-threatening illnesses or previously eradicated diseases finding new purchases in once-protected populations. Millions the world over succumbed to illnesses that had once been considered curable, and most civilizations began to fall apart.
War Calamities[edit | edit source]
While the previous Calamities could be argued as actions of nature, the last of the Calamities could not. These Calamities were an act of choice by people. Somehow, by splitting the tiniest pieces of existence, scientists of the old world discovered they could make the most destructive of weapons, called nuclear bombs. There were, throughout the various disaster above, used across the known world to varying degrees of destruction.
Even before the advent of nuclear war, governments and citizens fears these weapons. Many planned accordingly. The vaults at Horn Mountain were themselves designed to survive such an attack, carved deep into the rock. According to the texts there, the continent was largely spared the worst of these weapons. There are lands across the ocean that no longer exist, now either frozen over or sand swept, flattened by the wrath of a few and the ignorance of many.
Far worse than the bombs themselves was, apparently, the aftermath. Radiation disease spread with the smoke and ash. Entire countries were destroyed, civilizations collapsing. This can be seen on the continent in the ruins of the Wash and the Cog. These lands still remain too irradiated to rein habit, poisoned by deeds thousands of years ago.
References[edit | edit source]
- Broken Throne: pages 4-11