The Wasting was a catastrophic phenomenon involving the drought that occurred in 1628 in the Vehra Grassland. Initially believed to be a drought, the Wasting transformed a once fertile, lush grassland into a scarred and alien wasteland.
Studies by Eriditus Parsons had shown evidence of lowering precipitation levels for up to some ten years before the Wasting is considered to have occurred. These were minor at first; with no mention of any change in precipitation until about 1626, even then, the difference was minute. Global sea levels were also noted as lowering slightly over the course of a decade. Also worth mentioning, several small tremors were reported throughout the years leading up to the Wasting. These were dismissed repeatedly.
The first wave of the Wasting began in 1628. Many of the trees used as wind brakes between farm fields began to mysteriously die during the winter. To the surprise of many, the death of these plants was not caused by a lack of water nor the cold, however few paid the event any mind until the following spring when the seasonal melt-water from the Antelus Ridge would flood certain areas of the Vehra.
The seasonal melts came and went, however, despite the large amount of water the ground had absorbed, the grass of the Vehra remained brown and dead. The ground began to crack as if no moisture had come to the land for ages. Farmers and politicians alike began to worry, although Morith still had large stores of food, enough to hold the entire population of the city for at least year, so concerns had mainly fallen on deaf ears. By the time the summer months had come, and with no new growth to show for it, the population began to use said stores. Unfortunately, for many smaller villages which dotted the Vehra at the time, by this point, many of them had already used up their relatively minuscule stores of food.
What followed was nothing short of a panic. When their request for aid was rejected, the population of the Vehran villages began to travel to the city of Morith itself. This created a massive problem as Morith simply didn't have the reserves to feed such a large influx of refugees. The food stocks quickly ran out, creating the largest famine in the known history of Estreoth. While some half a million starving citizens began migrating westward, hundreds of thousands citizens began starving in Morith. In response, Anktolia, The Republic of Rune, The Empire of Hetrea, and The Kingdom of Adal quickly began sending aid to the starving citizens of Morith, but efforts proved too small to support the level of catastrophe they were presented with.
Death of the Vehra
By this point, the Vehra was already a dry, lifeless region. The now loose soil began to blow away, some over to the Jenam Valley, some to the north into the ocean; the rest remained as dust in the region. Large Earthquakes began to tear through the Vehra at an unprecedented level. Fissures began to pop up throughout most of the area, cracking the bedrock itself into pieces, creating deep ravines. In some places, large chunks of earth were forced both downwards and upwards creating large plateaus or sunken regions. After near a decade of these occurrences, the Vehra was completely unidentifiable from its previous self.
The Wasting was by far and large the killing blow for the Kingdom of Morith. While the kingdom was already slowly crumbling from the inside, as evident by their utter defeat in the Antelus Ridge Conflict, the sudden loss of all farmland sent the country into a quick, downward spiral. With the thousand year old nation gone, the balance of power quickly shifted to the western and southern nations of Estreoth, and the new Republic of Rune soon became the largest producer of farm goods in the region.
- Having lost their faith in the Royal Family of Morith, the people force King Bismark to abdicate his throne to a council which quickly lost control of the public. With the abdication of the Regent Bismark, the Kingdom of Morith officially ends.
- The city of Rune, having taken in some half a million refugees, declares itself, all surrounding villages, and the entire region of the Jenam Valley to be part of the Republic of Rune.
- The Vehran City-States form from the remaining coastal cities on the Vehra. They act primarily to as a trade and defense union.
- Some half a million refugees leave the Kingdom of Morith for the still fertile eastern regions.
- The Vehra Grassland turns into an nearly inhospitable wasteland. Nearly all native life in the region dies. There are no reports on the current status of the wasteland.