The Mortal Wars occurred thousands of years before the Network Series. That is when Esmelda, the Central Network's first High Priestess, and a few other influential witches formed the Networks. The Mortals were driven out of Antebellum as part of the war between Mortals and Witches. Some of the witches were of the Almorran race, which used a dark, evil magic. After the war was over, the Almorran race was destroyed by the other witches.