The events of the introduction comprise the "Nuva Incident" on Nuva Island. The Gyth, under the leadership of Raul of Gyth, had broken through their seal, albeit with only four hours of time before they were sent back by the laws of magic. However, in those four hours they were able to seize the Xana Crystal from Nuva Academy. Unbeknownst to many, the Crystal was integral to an experiment being conducted at the Academy: as a result of the Crystal's heist, hundreds are killed when Nuva Island sinks beneath the sea.

A character dies in the Nuva Incident, and another one resigns afterward, blaming himself for the tragedy.