The Secrect Legacy of the Magani
The Great Purge refers to a fifty one year time span when mages, sorcerers, wizards, and other users of the arcane arts were hunted down and killed. Tomes were burned, artifacts were buried, and towers were toppled. The Purge began with a young human woman who belonged to a small country noble household. Her name was Hwateris of House Pindra. She seized power through an astoundingly vast network of assassins and spies. Durring her rise to power she was assisted by the High Templar of Boldrei who succeeded in convincing her of the need to exterminate all arcane magic. With a very strong hold on nearly half of the civilized world after a mere two years Empress Hwateris was poised to enact her plans. In the opening night of The Great Purge she succeeded in slaying over ten thousand mages in their sleep. After the first night many of the remaining mages banded together for survival. These groups were difficult to unroot which is why the Purge took five decades. Hunting down renegade arcane casters was a deadly and costly process with an average of fifty dead soldiers for every mage killed. Despite the terrible odds of survival when hunting arcane renegades there were always an overabundance of people joining the forces for that very reason. In retrospect, historians believe that the popular support for the Purge was largely due to widespread underground indoctrination by clerics of Bahumut for many years prior. One of the last places of refuge for magekind was with the Eldari Elves and their Fey brethren, the Eladrin of Ajuni. The elves were forced into submission in a series of bloody battles. They conceded and signed the compact of Cajika, which required them to execute their own mages and cease to harbor any arcane casters. Although it is widely beleived that the Purge was completley succesful the fact is that it was not. A small collection of magic users made it to the far reaches of the Desolation Waste, created powerful magic barriers to travel, and established a thriving city on a remote island. They remain there to this day, a fading remnant of the days of old.