The Edict and The Purge
Jealous and violent gods and fledgling deities took liberties and entered conflict, and a new age began. This is the year 326 DeitiMortis, the three hundred twenty-sixth year since the death of the middle gods. The new gods look after their charges, but spend much of their attention on the still-unresolved conflict of celestial order. The resulting tumult led to an edict from the High Pope out of Zion, as delivered at a public address: Magic is too great a tool to be left to mortal control. Though gifts and miracles be given by the gods, they cannot be trusted to mortal wiles. Magic and power will ultimately corrupt the wielder, and must be suppressed. Magic must not be taught. Sorcerers must be suppressed. Magical and quasi-magical abilities must be avoided. Even miracles granted to the priests and Paladins must be closely controlled.
When the edict was delivered, there was outrage. Many rallied and cried out against The Edict… and The Purge began. Mages were rounded up by the scores, sorcerers tried and executed, and magical beings of all kinds hunted down and killed. Armed with new technologies produced by gnomes, and the physical might of the Paladins, magic wielders had little chance to react. When the smoke cleared, chains or death awaited anyone who failed to comply.
Across the narrow passes of The Spine, the mountains that split the continent, the neighboring kingdom of Perelandra does not share the views of Edsel and the High Pope. Many fled The Purge, overtaxing the capacities of the border towns in Perelandra. Today, those few, treacherous passes are guarded on both sides of the border. Though war is not declared, tensions run high between the two nations. Clerics within Perelandra in general support the High Pope’s Edict and counsel a stop to magic use, but magic users of all kinds are still free outside the Holy Nation of Edsel.