The Dark, also called the Dark Firmament, descended upon New Crucibal at 2144 AfterTime after Aristobulus the Balor conducted a ritual with the stolen Wand of Orcus which consumed the lives of a thousand innocent people of Edgeriven. Aristobulus was soon thereafter slain by Tima the monk and Luce the warrior with their henchmen Fenuar and Aristus. Both henchmen were slain in the balor’s mighty death throes. It was that moment that Luce gained the dreaded artifact, the Wand of Orcus. Since that time, Juiblex, Aristobulus’ master and sire, hunted down the Sejannese Circle in the hopes of securing the evil relic.
The Dark created a dreary pall throughout the land that cut off most sunlight, killing off the flora and fauna and making survival for the sentient peoples of Sejanna, dire. It also had the effect of cutting off any communication of the gods to their worshippers and vice versa. Thousands of clerics and priests went mad, destroyed themselves in despondency, or swore off their former deities.
At the present time (333 of The Dark) only Juiblex, Orcus, Minos, Apollo, Simon the Savior and the Twin Powers are viable deities that can communicate with their followers. And of these, Apollo is in slumber.