The Great Void was the place in prophecy where magic did not exist. It was the end of magic and therefore, prophecy could not touch upon it. The Great Void lay down a branch in a fork of prophecy which started when Nicci placed the Boxes of Orden in play in Richard's name. One branch was the Great Void, and the other was the full and complete destruction of the Imperial Order. Richard fulfilled this fork, taking mankind down into the Great Void when he created the parallel world where all those living and enjoying the rule under the Imperial Order and the pristinely ungifted were sent. Because all offspring of the ungifted were, too, ungifted, all magic would eventually be wiped from their world in a matter of generations. Richard also sent the Chainfire spell tainted by the Chimes there, so that everyone would forget the other world and the existence of magic.