Legacy of Amon
The Fall of Amon
As this process of assimilation grew and Lagon’s, or one should say Amon’s, victory seemed certain. Something strange happened. Amon continued to assimilate, even as his troops went through the dwarven tunnel cities. In a dark corner of these tunnels, Amon’s soldiers encountered something wholly evil and otherworldly. Some speculate it was The Giver taken human form, other stay some powerful lich or dragon. No one knows but Amon and the troops who encounter, assimilated, and then were killed by the evil presence. Amon immediately began corrupting from the inside, and as his will lost to the evil power, so to did his ability to control his power. He began corrupting all those under his control, and soon he was corrupting anyone who had arcane power, even without binding to them. Only the strongest, most powerful arcanists were able to remain free from his influence.
In these dire circumstances, the remaining Lagonian researchers and powerful arcanists from other nations made a last ditch effort to unmake their creation. The attempted to force Amon to the unknown realm where all vestiges reside. This would have been impossible before Amon was corrupted, but since he lacked focus or sense after succumbing to the evil influence, the arcanists were able to shunt Amon partially into the other realm. This had a devastating side effect, as all those dominated by Amon had their soul torn away when he was cast away. Moreover, the arcanists soon realized their efforts only partially succeeded. As new arcanists developed, once their powers reached a certain level, they would be taken over by Amon even without binding him. Only the most strong willed would be able to keep Amon at bay. So, the final step was decided to subdue Amon. The powerful magic users from all nations came to together and sealed away magic. The setup a magical protection for each nation, such that each nation could give one champion access to magic and protection from Amon. Beyond that, even the most low level magic was impeded. Only rarely can an individual muster enough strength to cast the simplest spells.
Not unsurprisingly, the art of Binding was banned and erased from most history. However, it too is impeded by the cap on magical power. Those who managed to discover binding where unable to bind any more than the lowliest of vestiges.