The Cracking of the World was an event that happened around five thousand years before Belgarion's lifetime. It was caused when the God Torak used the Orb of Aldur to defend himself against the other Gods and their armies after he lost in the the War of the Gods.
When he did this the combined power cracked the world, let in the sea thus creating the Sea of the East to separate his Angaraks from the other races. This caused worldwide destruction and chaos. It also caused the destruction or significant alteration of many places including:
- The mountains of Korim, which ceased being a mountain, and became the Turim Reef
- the creation of the Eastern Escarpment.
The Orb then horribly disfigured the beautiful God Torak for his misuse of its power, melting one of his eyes in its socket and burning one side of his body with a wound that never healed.