Relics in the Waste
The Old Days is the name given to the historical period before the Second Age. The Old Days came to an apocalyptic end approximately one thousand years before the present, leaving little history behind, save for scattered relics in various states of disrepair. The civilizations that thrived during the Old Days, popularly called the Ancients, were apparently highly advanced, judging from the complexity of the artifacts found, but with no surviving written history having been found, very little is known about the details of their societies, nor what brought about their decline. Some religious groups believe that the peoples of the Old Days were gods that have left the world, and will return again. Whether or not this is true, the history of the Old Days has been a hotly contested and highly studied topic. Judging from concentrations of artifacts and ruins, it appears that the areas home to the largest populations of the Ancients are now those most sparsely populated by the peoples of the Second Age, leading many to speculate that what are now major hubs of society were present in the Old Days as very small villages cut off from the rest of civilization. Unfortunately, this means that these towns can give no hints as to what the world was like in the Old Days.