Baton Crew - The Arkolith
Arkoliths made the Hylbrund empire possible. Stone and metal devices crafted to hold, empower, and manipulate special gemstones, arkoliths greatly improved the communication abilities, security, and health of the fast expanding Hylbrund empire, allowing the empire to defeat its enemies and maintain control of conquered territories far more successfully than previous conquerors had managed.
The predominance of the arkolith ended 207 years ago, in a single moment. In what some arcanists believe was a case of magical phase resonance, all of the major arkoliths and most of the medium arkoliths around the world shattered at the same time; this is now know as the Catastrophe. The Hylbrund empire was the largest to fall apart subsequent to and because of this event, but others are known to have suffered similar fates.
Civilization suddenly became much more vulnerable to war, chaos, and sickness. Many people, even those whose ancestors where conquered by the Hylbrunda, now look back at the time before the Catastrophe as a golden age of peace and prosperity.