The year 966 saw the failure of the very fabric of magic. The reasons leading to the end of the First Age of Magic make a very confusing tale. It seems that every time an enchanter casts a spell, a shadow of that enchanter is created. The more powerful the enchanter, the more powerful this shadow becomes. In 966 the leader of the Circle of Enchanters, who vanquished Krill and Jeearr, was a very powerful enchanter indeed, and his shadow had taken a real form. This Shadow had a dream: to hold sway over all of the world. To accomplish this goal he needed the Cubes of Foundation, which he could only obtain with the assistance of his human counterpart. When the Shadow began to tamper with the force of Magic via the few Cubes already in his possession, the Head of the Circle was unwittingly drawn into the Shadow's game. The unreliability of Magic caused by the Shadow lead to an emergency Conclave of Enchanters to discuss the situation.

This Conclave, held on 14 August 966 at the Council Chamber of the ancient Guild Hall at Borphee, was attended by every guildmaster and major enchanter, including Orkan, Gustar Woomax, and Y'Gael (although she was not present at the opening). Several laypeople, such as Sneffle, Hoobly, Gzornenplatz, and Ardis, were also present to discuss the failure of magic. One by one, they stepped forward, describing the devastating effects of the diminished magic. The course of this discussion was interrupted when the Shadow of the Head of the Circle enterred the Hall and turned everyone except his human counterpart into various amphibious creatures. This sent the Head of the Circle venturing out into the world to seek some answers.

While the leader of the Circle of Enchanters was seeking the mystery of the Shadow and the Cubes of Foundation, Y’Gael arrived at the Borphee Guild Hall to find all of the other masters in their amphibian forms. Using her powers, she was able to restore communication between them all with NITFOL. In the face of this situation, the newly-created newts and toads convened for one final fateful time. They quickly realized that the First Age of Magic was coming to a close. The sorcerers knew that they would not live to see the day when magic would again hold sway over Quendor. But, they had a plan to ensure that their vast and ancient knowledge was not lost through the erosion of time. The sorceress Y’Gael suggested using the Coconut of Quendor as a container in which to preserve all of the knowledge of magic for a later age, beyond the Age of Science. A local peasant was soon sent on the dangerous task of finding the Coconut.

The Head of the Circle managed to recover most of the Cubes of Foundation, which eventually led him to the stronghold of his Shadow. Before this conflict with the Shadow, the Coconut of Quendor was found, and the Enchanters at the Conclave, who had used their powers to return to human form, were able to store the knowledge of the Age of Magic inside the Coconut. Meanwhile the Head of the Circle had finally encountered his evil double. In this final conflict the Cubes of Foundation were destroyed, and this drew the First Age of Magic to a close.