Before the Great War, all of the races were under the enslavement of the Old Ones. The Great War began twenty-nine years before the first Year of the Lady, when the Sorceress of Yrazul led the slaves in a revolt against the Old Ones. The war was long, massive and deadly. Millions died in the conflicts, whole slave races were wiped out. But after twenty-nine years, it became apparent to all parties that the slaves, led by their reborn Goddess The Lady, were going to win. Desperate, the Old Ones tried to revive their god, the Great Serpent. They failed to revive him, instead, all they managed to do was destroy the world.