The Great Sandstorm
At some point in time, the gods became angry with the behavior of man. Their wrath was so great that they created a sandstorm to destroy mankind as punishment for their sins. However, before they could complete their task, a young girl sought them out and begged that they show mercy on mankind. Her words were enough that they reconsidered their punishment.
Creation of the Sands of Time
With mankind's punishment rescinded, the gods stored the sandstorm within a great hollow crystal that would later be known as the "Sandglass of Time". The sandstorm would later come to be known as the "Sands of Time". In conjuction with the creation of the Sands of Time, the gods created a dagger; it would be the only thing strong enough to destroy the sandglass and release the Sands onto the world.