Upstarts in Felac'Delb
The Return of Magic
A solo elven explorer named Daemis Crolic Remtarac went to the ruined city like many others. However, unlike many of his fellow explorers, he wasn’t so much interested by the mystery of magic, but was interested in being able to control such powers. He spent days simply wandering about, and either by chance or by providence found his way into what we now call the channel. The channel is a place where one can focus the magical power of themselves or others to perform feats of magic beyond the scope of their normal power. What exactly its purpose was is unknown, but many uses have been hypothesized from planar travel to weapon of war. Whatever its true purpose had been, when Daemis entered it, the latent magic in it activated, and he was brought to what we now would know to be a demiplane. The Gods (or at least their avatars) presented themselves to him, and gave him a warning. They explained that the progenitors were destroyed because they threatened the gods and themselves with the vast power they wielded. The new races were given a second chance with magic because the gods knew that they had erred in their decision to destroy the progenitors. They explained to him that as they spoke, Neyathir the god of magic was restoring magic to the people, and that some would have the ability to use magic, and that this magic was not from the gods (directly), but the forces of the universe. The gods finished by saying to him that they would give part of their own power to those who followed them, and would bring destruction to those who sought their place in the universe.
Daemis was returned to the mortal world, and he heard a whisper saying “a gift to you, for being the first”. His being was forced open and infused with arcane (not divine) magic. The channel was constructed underground, and he made his way to the surface, where he revealed what had happened to him. There were doubters of course, but those who believed were infused as Daemis had been, but in a much more dramatic way, making it evident to all that magic could be wielded by the new races. Over the next few years, those who had been given magic learned all they could from the progenitor books, while making their own attempts at unraveling Spellcraft.
At the same time, the gods spread divine magic by appointing emissaries and prophets to spread their words to the world. The world was now a frenzy people using their magic to rally others and the others seeking to make friends with the powerful in order to stay alive. Very quickly, the world changed.