A terrible event left the fields of Anamere a barren wasteland, now only known as The Devastation. Heavy arcane residue made the whole region unhospitable and deadly to any who would dare near. Only recently, not ten years ago, have these energies subsided. While largely uninhabitable, areas of the devastation are still rich with minerals. Because of this, Cairn’s Hold and its provinces quickly began sending expeditions and prisoners to begin extracting these resources.