In the year 1346, a devastating plague swept over the continent, killing indiscriminately. Within a decade, millions of people had died, leaving towns and even countries in tatters. But as soon as the disease had come, it suddenly stopped. It was around this time that humans began to develop arcane abilities. There seemed to be no prerequisite for developing these abilities as people of all ages, genders and race could be “afflicted” with magic and often these individuals were treated as harbingers of evil. Though many were burned as witches and warlocks, it is believed that thanks to the devastation left by the plague, it was easier to hide the onset of magical abilities and small, underground circles of mages were formed as a result.
It took another 30 years before magic became an accepted part of society in many places and some countries even today treat magic with suspicion.
Many believe the the plague and the appearance of magic are linked but no philosopher to this day has yet managed to uncover what that link could be.
Since the arrival of magic the fragile wall keeping this dimension intact has been prone to tearing. These tears come in all sizes and often do not close without displacing something, either ripping something from this dimension or taking it from another. Many strange beasts have been displaced from their homes and now roam Eastdæl (however, magic has also warped the shape of many mundane beasts so many zoologist have been trying to determine which are native to this plane and which have arrived from others). The tears also brought sentient creatures to Eastdæl as well as many misplaced elves, dwarves and halflings now roam the countryside.
Within the last century, magic has been fully embraced by humans and it has worked its way into all aspects of life; from art, to housework, to military use.