What is known of the Breaking is that a weave of powerful balefire somehow merged with the fabric of the barrier between the Dreamworld and the waking world and ripped it apart. The result of this event was the destruction of much of New Manetheren and seemingly the Dragon Reborn and the incarnation of the Dark One. Creatures who once dwelled in the Tel'aran'rhiod (the elves and dwarves most notably) were expelled into this world, including ta'varen and legendary individuals whose memory had never faded from the minds of the people. Pedron Niall, long dead, was returned to the world, as were the Forsaken and many others. The Portal Stones, whose secrets the Seanchan only grasped some knowledge of, were broken by the ruin as well, and many ceased functioning, pulled in large amounts of territory from other worlds, caused surrounding areas to vanish into other planes, or remained as open gateways to these neighboring worlds. The Portal Stones drew in entire cities of strange races, such as the minotaurs, who became forever a part of the world. Finally, the disruption of the natural structure of the world caused magical energy to flood the world, and many were gifted with the ability to channel this magic - far more than ever had been.