Into The Labyrinth
Eventually the Sartan, led by Samah and his Council of Seven, and driven by their own fear, undertook drastic measures. They broke the planet Earth into four separate worlds. This cataclysmic moment of destruction and re-creation is known as the Sundering. Millions of Mensch died, with only chosen populations magically isolated for resettlement.
The Patryn were captured and imprisoned in the Labyrinth which the Sartan created for their “rehabilitation”. The Vortex (or the Sixth Gate) was the entry point to the Labyrinth, where the mensch were temporarily housed during the Sundering itself and where the captured Patryn & mensch were eventually placed. Certain members of the Sartan population also objected to The Sundering; they too were consigned to the Vortex and the Labyrinth. In the center of the Labyrinth was the Nexus, a paradise city for the Patryns to live in once they had become “civilized.” The Nexus, the Labyrinth, and the Vortex are arranged in concentric circles. All of these worlds are connected by Death’s Gate, and smaller, one-way gates called Rifts which allow each elemental world to transmit materials to one another.
The Sartan were left in stewardship of not just one world, but many, all designed to work in perfect harmony. The plan of the Council of Seven was the grand construction of interconnected worlds, each with a specific function that fed into the whole. Unfortunately, things did not work out as the Council had foreseen.