World of Wu-Yu
The Yamananda Prophecy was a famous “false morning,” or failed prediction of the end of the world. The Conquest of the Empire was widely believed to indicate the coming of the Kali Yuga, the Fourth of Age of Wu-Yu, which heralds the immanent destruction of the world. Numerous apocalyptic cults sprung up around this theme, including that of the respected Dwarven prophet Yamananda.
In ZY1090, Yamananda predicted the end within a year. In response, tens of thousands sold their possessions to await the end in meditation and prayer. When the fated date quietly came and went, the people were left vulnerable and destitute. A rebellion by the O’olo clan of Orcs took advantage of the situation, seizing property and capturing and exporting people as slaves to the Halfling Merchant Companies. The rebellion was crushed but the damage had been done. The mass liquidation of goods alone had been enough to send the economy into chaos.
Following the scandal of the Yamananda Prophecy, the Emperor was forced to act. He established the new Imperial cult of Thauma-Virun, which proclaimed that the Kali Yuga was not come, that the Zhong Yuga was still going on, and that it would continue to do so as long as Orcs remained in power. The cult has had some success in calming the fervor, but apocalyptic cults persists to this day.