The world of Sydell has had many strange and weird things happen to it. The most recent was fifty years ago when the forces of good and evil fought and after the last foe was defeated by the forces of good, the gods fell silent. Very few gods still exist that grant powers to their faithful. No one knows why this has happened.
Rumors abound on the subject of the gods. One thing that many rumors point to is that the Elves are somehow responsible for the sudden silence. Though this has led to more than a few skirmishes with the Elves, they still are relied on by more than a few kingdoms and city-states that see them as allies.