This story is about the survivors of a world in a state of rapid decay, due to a horror unleashed on it by a perhaps foolish, certainly malevolent mage. The horror is some kind of dark creatures (basically corrupted, inky-black-with-glowing-eyes versions of the various races) that instead of just killing people, shatter their souls, turning them into more of such dark creatures. It's not about a small town surviving or whatever, but rather about someone leading as many people as he can to one location and all of them working together to build a new city, one which can and will survive the attacks of said creatures for a very long time. The world itself is (or was) high fantasy--literally any fantastic race you can think of, even things highly unconventional such as spider people, once populated the land, but the numbers of most are now few due to the aforementioned disasters. Interested?