The Great Schism
The Great Schism is a period of history lasting several centuries. How long exactly is lost in history, but scholars estimate it as little as 100 years or as long as 800 years. The Church teaches it lasted exactly 555 years.
During this time, the world began to die. Earthquakes were constant and destructive, collapsing whole coasts and flooding nations. Destructive forces of nature were unrelenting: extremely long, harsh winters followed by a season of extreme drought, killing plant life and forcing migration from previously flourishing lands into new lands. Winds ravished previously inhabited lands, tornadoes and hurricanes destroying anything in their paths.
Humanity struggled during this time. Although no records still exist from the time before, references hint at the collapse of nations, the loss of life on a massive scale. The title The Great Schism refers to the massive changes to the face of the planet – a rearranging of the continents. Records from this time period still exist, rarely and not in full, which indicate a slow increase of some change followed by a sudden onslaught. The Church teaches that the Schism happened due to humanity’s flaws.
While few records that do exist are outside of the Church, all records reveal that the Schism stopped suddenly. The Church teaches that the exact date is theGreat Unveiling, the day the gods arrived.