Year 100 AC
Fall out from the Year of Dead Magic is still being felt. Whole libraries were lost to looting mercenaries and peasants a like. Many mages, and healing priests, were killed because they were defenseless without their magic. Cities, and some small villages, have to find healing priests to heal for them with great incentives because many healers are scared they will die.
Treasure hunters find ruins deep in the Ariellen desert. Parties go out, but few return. Those that do have rumors of horrible monsters guarding the ruins and no treasure.