The Second Great War, or simply the Second War, is one of the most decisive (and catastrophic) events in Aetherian history.
The conflict was sparked by a reorganized army; under the command of Herobrine ‘the Eyeless One’, they pressed over the borders and shattered the frontier defenses (the old complexes in Northern Ravensong come to mind, notably Stormgarden Keep.). While the following battles faded into obscurity, the Last Battle of the War has gone down in legend as the last stand of the 12 Heroes. While they themselves were overwhelmed, it’s assumed that this was a choice of their own making; an attempt to buy time for the Aetherian forces.
Despite the loss of their best twelve warriors, the armies of Aetheria were able to regroup and retaliate against the dark hordes of Icerahn. Their vengeance was so great, that the opposing army was shattered and scattered to the ends of the Overworld.
Despite the victory, the War had already taken a deadly toll on the lands of Eohune. The intensity of the ravaging armies of No Eye’s had ground a severely high majority of establishments into the earth; cities made into rubble, towers toppled, and temples desecrated. This, however, was not the only result of the War; the destruction of so many structures, and the unfortunate extermination of several races (most prevalent on this list include the Kitsune and the Fire Dwarves), added up to a cultural throwback across the Kingdom, especially in the East.
This can be seen especially with most villages east of the Southern Bay, where farms amount to a terraced garden, and the libraries (quite unfortunately, might I add) are little more than a couple of overhanging shelves and a standard crafting table.
Such a thing is much less noticeable over to the West, where the Capitol still acts as the seat of royalty in the Kingdom; Thanks to the wealth of the inhabitants, and the formation of several preserving parties (notably, the Knights of Aetheria, and the Magisters of the Eternal Tower), the cultural flame of the Past Age lingers on, albeit weakly.