The Helghast Wars began in MS 3520 by Darklord Vashna in retaliation for his defeat at the hands of Sommlending in the War of Desecration. Vashna flooded Sommerlund for three decades with his newly created Helghast. The Helghast were sought out by the Brotherhood of the Crystal Star, and countless were destroyed on the blade of the Sommerswerd. The conflict climaxed in a battle between Vashna and King Ulnar I at the Maakengorge, where Vashna was killed and his army driven into the gorge.