Something was wrong.
The gate leading into the village was broken open, its sides splintered out in all directions. Beyond it lay a simple village of stone buildings and wide streets. But all of it was deserted. Not only deserted, it seemed outright abandoned. Market stalls still sat along buildings with rotting fruit that attracted buzzing flies. Packs, crates, and even children’s toys were left on the ground. The streets were cluttered with fallen leaves and debris.
—From Messenger, an entry in the Tome of CHAOS