Legacy of Amon
While utter destruction was averted, the cost was inconceivable to everyone. With the lost of magic, the world ground to a halt. Trade, food production, crafting, and nearly every other sector was crushed overnight. Shortly after, a famine unlike anything every seen hit Acline, and a majority of people in the world died. The population was decimate, and for years each nation was feral, striving to barely sustain itself. Over the next century, population loss and food production leveled off and stabilized. Some magical items continued to work after arcane power was cut off, but such items were fought over, destroyed, or fell into disrepair. Within generations, magic was merely legend and life across the world had been transformed from easy and metropolitan to harsh and rural. Travel became dangerous again, and people became sedentary.
Brave souls often would venture out into the ruins of the old world to look for magical artifacts from a bygone time. Such events were dangerous, however. Dark things crept into the ruins of the old world, and whispers that the dark force that corrupted Amon still lurked out there somewhere. This didn’t deter the brave or crazy, however, as the call of magical items was too strong to resist.