The current year is 512 PE (Post Ebb). For hundreds of years, several of the most powerful empires in the world have devoted large divisions of their militaries to nullifying the ever-present threat of magic. Motivated by endless wars fought to gain control over even the smallest mystically empowered relics and spellcasters, the benevolent kingdom of Amn revised their policy to promote the cleansing of these arcane hazards. Other empires quickly followed suit. The hundreds of years spent to end this global threat have become colloquially known as the Crusades of Extrication.
The two of you are ex-soldiers for the Amn empire, previously a part of a legion of crusaders known as the Spellbreakers, one of the oldest divisions in the military devoted exclusively to securing peace in Amn, and the world (know as Abeir-Toril), through the destruction of magic. In your careers as Spellbreakers, you were tasked with investigating leads involving magic and its use, and hunting down and destroying any trace of magic or those who used or embodied it.
As the crusades have been active for hundreds of years, there has been very little effective discovery and destruction of magical threats during your tenure. The Spellbreakers rarely see the kind of action they were created for anymore, and what little action they do see typically results in the revealing of a hoax, a misguided cult, or a mundane experience misinterpreted as magic. You have the occasional run-in with a magical beast or sorcerer in hiding, and these have fueled your skills as soldiers and warriors.
But as the findings become slimmer and slimmer, more and more divisions like the Spellbreakers are beings disbanded in honor of their excellent service in meeting their goal. With the promise of the end of the crusades looming over the horizon, many soldiers are being thanked and honored for their service and then being discharged.
The two of your are in this group of recently discharged soldiers. You can both decide how long you’ve been out of the service. That being said, there are signs that the crusades are still going on, though there seems to be less magic around than ever, allowing people to finally live free from fear of its destructive power.