The youngest and boldest of all the races, humanity has been through some terrible falls since first venturing to the stars. At first their mission seemed so ambitious, so creative, but this did nothing but anger the Old Gods. Who were these upstarts to think that they could unseat ancient power with new ideas? All of the Old Gods, enemies and allies alike, recognized humans as an existential threat and decided to act. They and their minions descended as one upon the blue-green world of Earth, despoiling its oceans and searing its sky, leaving only a husk that (in time) became the Battleworld where the Old Gods could challenge each other for dominance.