So the RPG Blog Carnival theme for May is At World’s End dealing with the end of campaigns as well as end of the world scenarios (Rising Phoenix Games is hosting the Blog Carnival this time around).
It occurred to me that the Gods War that sees the dragons triumph over and kill the majority of the gods and the Sundering that follows, shattering the world, could very easily be read as the end of the world. The old order is cast down and destroyed, all that was once worshiped has been shown to be powerless before the might of the dragons and the very world itself has been torn apart. You do not get much more apocalyptic than that!
But it is not the end of the Sea of Stars but the beginning, all of this forms the deep background of the campaign world (though I have run a few short stories set in the immediate aftermath) but there is no reason that it could not be center stage. Either with people joining in the (doomed) fight against the dragons or just trying to survive in the aftermath adjusting to a radically different world.
Imagine just being out for a stroll in the city square and suddenly screams erupt as the bodies of charred angels and mangled dragons start falling from the sky, crashing into the building and trading stalls. Looking up, the sky is split by rifts of light and shadow and flashes indicate that something is happening but it is too far away to see . . . until another body plunges down to earth.
Or, you are in your village up in the mountains when the light from the sun, at midday, goes red and the earth shakes. Everything just seems wrong, the animals are terrified and running all over the place. Then, for a moment, every seems to return to normal, the sun is again bright . . . and the earth splits, tearing mountains away from mountains and the crack is heading straight for the village!
There is a lot of possibility for drama and action with fights against dragons or the elements (or both) at the end of one world and the beginning of the next.
Art is the Great Day of His Wrath by John Martin and held in the Tate Gallery and the image is in the Public Domain.