Echoes of Heaven
The Dark Ages
The ritual that destroyed Almia caused a massive tear between the Mortal Realm and Hell. Demons tore out into the world. The dead poured forth faster than even imaginable. Worse yet, the effects of the tear rippled outward, destabilizing the world. Even outside the Great Ulcer hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters plagued every nation in the world. The sun blacked out. Tame animals turned feral. It seemed that all the Mortal Realm would fall.
Little is known about the Dark Ages as most of these years were simply spent surviving. The fact that mortal survived at all was due to the efforts of Saint Dolonus. Dolonus discovered the Great Ulcer had expanded and knew that it would devour the world. He journeyed into it single-handedly. No one knows the details of what happened inside, but the Ulcer vanished and Dolonus vanished as well. Many think that he had to be willing to go to Hell, giving up his own reward in paradise to save the world. If this is the case, he was later redeemed and made a saint, and many say this was done by Angenus.