Fate Bound in Chains
The shattering is a strange event perceived differently by many people, the whole thing was perceived in about half a second, but really took place over a century or two, no one can say for sure. When the great gorge was formed the whole planet felt the quake, which alarmed many, but what came next was even stranger. People were able to see into other planes, the astral sea, the shadow fell, the few wild, and an unlucky few glimpsed the nine hells. When this happened existence stopped moving through the dimension of time, as a result no one aged but events still took place, unfortunately the planes overlapped more so than before. Strange beasts poured from the Feywild and undead shambled out of the Shadowfell, demons raced forth to populate the area around the gorge. The world spiraled into chaos, all order was lost. The forces of nature were defied and the plane of Elemental Chaos was created. After the gods sorted this mess out,the planes were returned to normal, and since time resumed the entire span was committed to memory as a single incident in those with weaker minds, and was remembered as having happened within a fraction of a second. Stronger minds, however were able to recall the entire incident and began studying the phenomenon and trying to discover its source.