Heroes of Bestillville
Every faction/culture of the continent has a Cataclysm mythos, to that end it is agreed by the scholarly that there in fact was some event of a continental perhaps even global scale that set the cultures of the world back several generations, and destroyed much if not all of the continents history. Whatever occurred, the scholars tend to agree on one thing, the cultures of the continent today are dramatically different from the cultures of before. The oral traditions spin tales of creatures that few if no one claims to have encountered, as well as races whose existence seem to those alive today to be implausible at best. Relics of the Cataclysm or items thought to immediately postdate the event are of such a foreign nature that many of the cultures worship them, and the myths tell that when put to use these Relics had the power to alter the shape of the very world around them. For many the thought of these relics is frightening and to be avoided at all cost, to others, these Relics are the truth of the continents history and must, without regard to their own safety have their secrets revealed.