Now, it will depend on what part of the world you are looking at, and just how many of the cereals are lost. If Rice or Maize/Corn are spared, then civilizations as we know them are still possible, perhaps more restricted in their ranges.
There are other possible plants to domesticate apart from grasses, but the timelines to do so would prevent them from stopping civilization collapse.
(Been reading Guns, Germs and Steel (Excellent book!) and the author asserts the availability of grains as one of the key instigators of civilization..) Go to Comment
A decent race - I like them - and the discussion and evolution of the race from the discussion is excellent. It would make sense to redo the submission using the material in the discussion to fill it out.
A magician develops a new way to make scrolls and can sell more powerful spells for cheap. Problem is, whether the magician is aware of it or not, the spell's power comes from spirits trapped by the magic that makes the scroll. Once used to power the scroll, the spirit is driven mad by the forces that have ripped through it's being, and often develops a homicidal thirst to destroy the one who tormented it. The spell the spirit was used for may have left some residual power in the spirit to give it more abilities than it ever used to have.