The Council had been on the verge of splitting for years, severing the effectiveness of their ability to combat Darkyn's demons.
With the memories of a better time drifting through his mind were memories of a war brewing between Others and Watchers that ultimately ended in the Schism, the severing of the mortal and immortal worlds.
The Schism changed that, severing the tie between Damian and the source.
Leo Africanus rightly describes its lower course as "severing by its winding channel the barren and naked soil from the green and fruitful."
Baumgarten did good service in severing aesthetics from the other philosophic disciplines, and in marking out a definite object for its researches.