The Taint

When the city of Saravôsh was destroyed, the horrific magical energies expended in its destruction unleashed a dark force of nature called Ashfall; a period of 100 years of black rain and darkness that covered most of eastern Corwyn, poisoning the lands forever.

One of the unexpected results of Ashfall was its effect on the folk living in the region. This became known as "the Taint." All Dark-Elves dwelling in the Darklands began to change their appearance; their skin turned black, their hair turned white, and they began to hate sunlight. Soon after, the Dark-Elves began to migrate underground, mostly through the huge Grôn Chasm.

Even today, all living beings dwelling in the Darklands, suffer from the Taint; an irreversible form of magical poisoning. Sometimes the Saugreth peoples are known as "the Tainted Ones." The Gauth race are infected with the Taint, as are the Adari; to a lesser extent.