The Rise of the Morning Sun
Great Contagion, the
A terrible plague created by the Anathema that devastated the world almost eight centuries ago. In its wake, the Fair Folk cast open the gates at the edges of Creation and marched across the world. The Fair Folk were stopped only by the Scarlet Empress, who dared the Imperial Manse and used the defenses of the Realm against them. The Great Contagion is popularly considered to mark the end of the First Age.