The Erasure was a cataclysmic period, the specifics of which are nebulous beyond that it was "real bad". Traces of its impact remain in a region now called the Mark of the Erasure, thought uninhabited (and inhospitable) by most. Owing to this, and a wholesale shift in cultural values and practice throughout Hieron after the fact, it is epochal. Though most likely a series of concurrent and only partly related events, the Erasure may have been caused in part by the Heat and the Dark.
According to Austin: "'Erasure' should be understood by the end of Marielda as: The long period of decline that came after [spoiler for Marielda finale] and the gods' loss of the power of reconfiguration Which led them to fail to maintain the world as it once was. That decline was: wars, magical experiments gone awry, despots, the destruction of huge parts of the world, etc"
The vague nature of the Erasure was partially inspired by the titular cataclysm of The Yawhg.
- ↑ Austin Walker, 23.7.17, Friends at the Table Fan Discord