The Last Empire
There are large gaps in history. Centuries of knowledge seem to have vanished from libraries and from the knowledge of the people of Ursa Major. There are fragments of memory, echoes of remembrances, but very little that is tangible, concrete. Most of what is known comes from the elves; the rest is rumor. Obviously, a great cataclysm occurred to throw the continent into ruin. While none were around to know a time when Ursa Major was not ravaged by the storm winds, the old stories, the tales passed down from generations make no mention of such a land as it currently exists.
While the last known empire is the Aeristhyde Empire brought into power by High Lordess Ultenna, it was a short lived reign, according to the elves sense of time. The Eladrin Empire made great advances in the fields of arcane art and engineering science. However, it could not keep Ursa Major from ruin.
It is felt another power came to be shortly after High Lordess Ultenna passed and her first heir assumed the throne. This is where history disappears, record vanishes. There seems no dependable surviving account of what happened to Ursa Major after the fall of the Aeristhyde Empire. This power that hides from memory is a faceless evil that still looms over the land. How else can one explain Ursa Major in its tortured condition?