'Twas the invasion of the Olthoi, a race of insectlike creatures, that drove the Empyrean away. Tragically, whilst experimenting with portal magic, apprentices of Asheron opened a portal on the Olthoi home world, ushering in the bug hordes and unleashing devastation across Dereth. Desperately, Asheron sent the surviving Empyrean into hiding in portal space, and he alone remained to issue calls for aid.

A worker olthoi in pursuit.
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