The Ancient World
Little is known about The Ancient World, or The World Before. The world everyone currently occupies is dotted with ruins of metal, stone, and unknown materials. There are people that attempt to do research on what used to be, but little has ultimately been gleaned. There are tales and fables that are told about people that lived back then, but it’s nearly impossible to tell what is or isn’t true or inspired there. Very few things survived The Cataclysm.
It is known that some massive, catastrophic elemental event on a grand scale wiped whoever used to live on the face of the world out, but the reason as to why this happened is purely speculative. What could have caused the world to turn on its children to reclaim itself?
Some races think it might have been progression that was being made. Some think the Gods were angered. Some think nature itself was enraged by something that was being done to it by society or advances at the time. Some believe it had something to do with magic, the planes, or portals.
No one knows for sure.
Relics of The Ancient World are few and far between, and the ones that do exist are considered status symbols. Only the most ancient houses or richest of families might own an Ancient Relic, and while some boast their possession, others refuse to put something so rare and valuable at risk.