The banishing of incantation was one of the last, desperate acts of the elder races. The Fairy Folk had retreated to the unseen court, the Dwarves and their kin had fallen back into the far south and only the Elves were left to fight the younger races. Kingdom by kingdom, the Elves were gradually overrun and pushed eastwards, where they made a final stand. Over a thousand years ago, the younger races defeated the last elven army and the few remaining elven lords took the last of their people into hiding.
The wars were finally over and the younger races stood victorious. Cities were built and a great civilisation was created. Tebron, who was the greatest warlord of the younger races, was declared Emperor and ruled from the great city of Tebronia, that bore his name. The empire of the younger races was founded on the day that Tebron first sat upon his imperial throne and the calendar began anew with the first year AF (After Founding). After Tebron’s death the capital was re-named Malkarn and it remained so until its destruction.
The Elemental Colleges, as guardians of the Empire’s knowledge, created a great library in the north, built on the ruins of an elven city once renowned for its learning. The city of Norhault grew up around this library, which became the greatest seat of learning in the known world. The library was formally opened one year to the day after Tebron was crowned; The first day of January in the year 1 AF. For several centuries the empire prospered, and peace returned to the lands.