The Dark War is the colloquial name for Meyas’s campaign across the globe. Over the course of a decade, Meyas raised an army in Faulrem, moving south and outward as he went, conquering cities and important tactical sites. He left the cities in tact, using them as supply routes for his ever-expanding army. His ultimate goal was Circadia, one of the most well defended locations in the world, hoping to take the Mana Chasm for himself. He used The Gladiators as his generals, they carried out missions and assignments for him; including the assassination of the baron of Brindonford, the capturing of a remote forest town, and killing the arch-lich Acerack.
The Dark War ended in Circadia. Meyas’s forces overwhelmed the Circadian resistance, allowing Meyas and the remaining Gladiators access to the Mana Chasm. After a brief but destructive battle, The Priest and The Devourer joined Meyas inside the Great Clocktower. They attacked Meyas, and The Priest was killed in the fight, but The Devourer managed to kill Meyas, taking his army and resources for himself. Fearing the threat it presented, he destroyed the Mana Chasm, sealing the power of magic away forever, and leaving him the one Hero left alive. Thus began the Age of Pestilence.
The Dark War ended in Circadia. Meyas’s forces overwhelmed the Circadian resistance, allowing Meyas and the remaining Gladiators access to the Mana Chasm, preparing to have Meyas enter the Great Clocktower to bestow him with unlimited arcane power. However, before they could enter, three mysterious Heroes – having entered the city that very morning – met them in the open courtyard. The Gladiators fell like wheat before a vengeful scythe, death coming quickly and without remorse. Meyas retreated to the Great Clocktower, chased by the three mystery Heroes, and met them in combat atop the clock tower, bathed in the light of the fires raging in the city below. Yet even Meyas, the legendary Dark Lord, was ultimately brought to his knees with ease before these three mighty Heroes, cast from the roof into the purifying flames below.
With Meyas lying dead, the Heroes were bestowed with the highest honors, offered titles and lands, wine, women, and gold. However, these rewards were refused, and the Heroes wandered off into the sunset, never to be heard from again. With time, new factions arose from the broken world left behind by the Dark War, history pressed onward, and even the feats of these legendary Heroes faded with time, remembered only by scholars and in tales for children.