- This article is about the animated short. For the historical event, see Breaking of the World.
Official synopsis from Prime Video:
See how the male side of the One Power was poisoned by the Dark One and brought about the destruction of the world.
Cast and characters
- Ida May as unnamed Aes Sedai instructor
- Lews Therin Telamon
- Lews Therin's unnamed wife
- The Dark One
Quoted text on the screen:
And the Shadow fell upon the Land, and the World was riven from stone to stone. The oceans fled, the mountains were swallowed up, and the nations were scattered to the eight corners of the World.
All was shattered, all but memory lost, and one memory above all others, of him who brought the Shadow and the Breaking of the World. And him they named Dragon.
- Author unknown, the Fourth Age
Unnamed Aes Sedai instructor
For centuries, our sisters of the Aes Sedai have sought to understand the Breaking of the World. Three thousand years ago, Lews Therin and the forces of Light struck the Dark One and sealed him away. Before he was imprisoned, the Dark One delivered one last defiant strike. The Dark One poisoned the source of power for male Aes Sedai.
With this, Lews Therin lost his mind. He murdered his beloved wife. He slew his children she bore him. His friends. His court. Everyone. The Dark One released Lews Therin from his madness just to show him what he had done. But it wasn't Lews Therin alone who suffered. The poison spread. No male Aes Sedai was spared. And so began the Breaking. The Time of Madness.
It was a time of unchecked, unhinged rage that destroyed the world. They changed the face of the world, and ended the Age of Legends. Humanity is driven to the brink of extinction. What few survivors remained are scattered across a broken and unrecognizable land. The Breaking lasts over a hundred years and ends only when the last male channeler alive is gentled. By then, entire civilizations had disappeared. Centuries of progress and knowledge, gone. The very lives we live today are shaped by this immeasurable loss.
For those of you destined to take the shawl, it would be among the most sacred of duties as an Aes Sedai to protect the world from another such Breaking.