Now, several things happened very suddenly... A great black line appeared in the sky, as though the heavens had been ripped in half. A white light flashed to the east, as though a second sun were rising. A noise erupted so numbingly loud that it sounded like dead silence, except that your ears were bleeding and the very earth was vibrating with it. A blast of hot air toppled trees and aurochs, and flattened upright apes like stalks of grass. A rolling black cloud of hot dust blanketed the valley, blotting out the sun and making it like trying to breath dirt. For those not blinded, deafened, pummelled and/or suffocated, it was as though they had died under a curse and now wandered the Barren Lands as hungry ghosts. Of course, most of the peoples didn't truck with that sort of nonsense: they knew what they saw and they said what they knew. "THE SKY IS FALLING! THE WORLD IS ENDING! EVERYONE IS DEAD!"