When the Roman Empire fell and the Dark Ages began, all of Europe was splintered into many quarreling nations. For two centuries, these nations clashed with one another for resources, for power, or for religion. Eventually, several of these fragments were reorganized into the Holy Roman Empire. The rest of Europe survived on their own to form countries such as France, Spain, and England. This part of European history tells the story of how an empire falls and the people pick up the pieces in the smoldering aftermath. This will be one of the main themes of my spin-off fantasy trilogy. When the Gradaian Empire falls, the main characters and survivors will struggle to reforge Gradaia as a nation as they fight invading hordes.