The time known as the Orientation spans from Year 9 to Year 20.
After the First Years, the people of Anaphar began to form proper cities and communities again, using the ruins of old for their homes. Aided by the halfling traders and dwarven pilgrims, the world slowly began reconnecting on a larger scale.
It was in this time, that the people began to grasp that what had happened did not only affect them, but all of the world, even the Feywild where the Eladrin dwell. Everything, it seemed, had lost its memories, and nothing remained but traces of the old world.
Pieces of information were gathered in the dwarven strongholds by the pilgrims, and after years of hard work, the dwarves had found that the time-span of the missing memories reached back more than a few generations, spanning a whole 500 year period. Where once humans were the most dominant species, they now only numbered a few hundreds. Half-Elves too had been mostly lost to the events of the mysterious past.
Rough counts of population and the ruined cities of old left the dwarf sages with astounding numbers: More than eighty percent of the population was gone. Cities planned for millions, nearly empty. Whole hamlets and villages, devoid of life. But this vanishing of so many did not leave the traces of unexpected departure. Houses were clean, not messed up or with food still standing in the open.
All was very mysterious, and the dwarves decided to share their accumulated knowledge with the world. A new wave of pilgrims was sent out, then, to bring to the people the works of the sages, the Tome of Revelation.
This tome, published in a concentrated effort by several strongholds, was written only in dwarvish, and made open the knowledge about the world as it was at the time. Proclaimed the loss of so many people, described the Wonders that had been found, and named the major centers of civilization.
The time of Orientation then, could be called the Time of the Dwarves in a way, for they began the true process of rediscovering and exploring. This, too, led to the presence of the dwarven language in Anaphar. Each village had at least one man or woman capable of understanding the language, and soon it was established as the dominant trading language.