The Great Schism occurred when the Fairies of Light Magic split the Realm of Magic into three. They did this to protect themselves from the impending threat posed by the Sprites, who had already managed to enslave them for a brief period.
When the Realm was split, a powerful artifact composed of dead magic was shattered into seven pieces so that the fairies could create the abyss, a way to trap the powerful essences of the minions of the Sprites. The seven fragments were then sent to our world - the natural world - lost for all time. Or so the Fairies of Light Magic thought.
The Sprites decided that since they could not travel to the natural world directly without using too much of their spark - and in essence killing themselves - they decided to use inhabitants of the natural world as their surrogates. They identified a man named Cain, a man driven by the darker side of human emotions, and they imbued him with a bit of their magic. He was to be the first in an army of people sparked with the power of dead magic. The Sprites quickly learned, though, that they were unable to provide enough magic to spark more than one person at a time - if they wanted that person to possess enough power to utilize magic in the natural world.
And so, Cain became the first in a long line of wizards, and they gave him the task of finding the seven fragments. They taught him how to imbue objects with magical properties, and he created the first artifact - the Box of Death. It was a little stone box with seven compartments. Each fragment from the Great Schism could be placed within the Box of Death, and the box would merge its power with the power of the other fragments. If all seven of the fragments were to be combined, then the abyss would be destroyed. All the creatures sparked with dead magic would be free.
The unintended consequence of all this (or perhaps the Sprites knew of this consequence) was that the Box of Death itself and the spark it contained would also open a doorway between the Realm of Magic and the natural world. Their minions could freely enter our world, quickly conquering and enslaving it. Cain was to be the ruler of that world, imposing the will of the Sprites on every being, corrupting the beauty of the natural world and transforming it into a new Realm of Dead Magic.
Obviously, the Fairies of Light and Lightning did not appreciate this particular plan, so they decided to identify their own champions. And this began the age of wizards, with the natural world serving as the battlefield .
Cain was eventually able to locate six of the seven fragments, mostly with the help of Jhophes. However, Zhephyrus, the first Wizard of Lightning, managed to stop them. Jhophes was forced back to the abyss, and Cain was killed. He was buried with the Box of Death, and the six fragments he had collected. The location of his burial site was lost until Jhophes rediscovered it during his most recent foray into the natural world. Now, Malo has the Box of Death and will stop at nothing to find that seventh and final fragment. And it is my job to help stop him...
Want to learn more about Balthazar, the Box of Death, or the Realm of Magic? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles.