The Black Orb was a power artifact that influenced the races of the world, uniting certain races (e.g., dark elves, humans, orcs, trolls, goblins) against other races (e.g., humans, elves, dwarves, Halflings, etc.). The good races combined their efforts and used powerful magic to create the tools to break the orb. Dwarves created the Hammer of Matter to smash the orb and the Elves a holder (the Ring of Time) in which to place the Orb. Someone smashed the Orb into several shards high atop a mountain. The shards scattered across the world, the forces of evil defeated, and the Shards of the Orb forgotten.