The Fall of the Ma'adim Empire
Around 1,700 FA, a mysterious event occurred. All communication with the Ma’adim Valley suddenly stopped from one day to another. Messengers, travelers, and scouts, sent into the Ma’adim Valley, never returned. As the years passed, the outlying regions of the Ma’adim Empire found themselves without leadership, and slowly created their own nations. Over the course of the next twenty years, the human Septarchy of Cimmeria, the dwarven Kingdom of Dawnforge, the halfling nation of Harken, and the elven nation of Winterbole emerged. The Ma’adim Valley was left and stories of a curse arose.
Centuries passed before news from the Ma’adim Valley came to the rest of the Eridanian Region. Adventurers returned from their journey to the cursed valley to report a barren desert land filled with tombs and undead. Scholars at the beginning of the Fifth Age believed that after regaining their power, the high priests of Pelor expanded their power through their accumulated tracts of land and wealth, and eventually cursed the land. Whether this was intentional or not, is still unknown.