the Great Rift
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The Great Rift was a terrible earthquake in 884/3, which was of such magnitude, that it shook the very foundations of the continent of Corwyn and caused an enormous section of land south and west of the Cairn Mountains to sink beneath the sea.


The Great Rift was so powerful, it greatly enlarged the Sea of Ralas, created the Iron Sea, and created three massive, continent-sized islands: Renthara, Vesarivon, and Westvale.

Waterways were drastically changed as well in the earthquake. Both the gigantic Lake Miomar and the large Vale River, which divided the Eastvale and Westvale regions were consumed, and became part of the newly-formed Iron Sea.

Before that time, those 'islands' had been physically attached to the continent of Corwyn. The flooding caused by the Rift also created the gigantic marshlands region located south of the Reach; known today as the Saltmarsh.

Three different civilizations were devastated by the Rift.

  • Khûrzhad; a thriving Dwarven-nation in the South, was devastated and its capitol city of Orthan Feyr also slipped beneath the waves.
  • The human City-state of Asgamoth was consumed by the sea.