Abyss

The Abyss is an infinite plane of chaos and evil. Unlike the Nine Hells' strict hierarchy, the Abyss is chaotic and unorganized.

The Abyss is one of the Outer Planes,[1] separated from the mortal planes by the Divine Gate. The mad deity Tharizdun, the Chained Oblivion, dreams its infinite depths and demon hordes into being, and since Tharizdun's defeat at the hands of Pelor in the Calamity the god has been shackled in the deepest pits of the Abyss.[2][3]

Points of interest[edit | edit source]

Demonweb, by CoupleOfKooks and Cris Peter from The Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen.[art 1]

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Many beings reside within the Abyss, primarily demons.

Notable demons[edit | edit source]

Demon Lords[edit | edit source]

  • Orcus: Demon Prince of the Undead[14] and particular enemy of the Raven Queen.[15]
  • Yeenoghu: Demon lord of hunger and destruction chiefly worshiped by evil gnolls.[16]
  • Graz'zt: Demon Prince of Indulgence, Dark Prince of the Argent Palace, whom Obann once served as his Master of Wills.[17] King Trist Drassig pledged himself to Graz'zt during the Scattered War, and Graz'zt sent a horde of demons to fight on Drassig's side during the Battle of the Umbra Hills.[5]
  • Baphomet: The Horned King, Demon Prince of Beasts, master of minotaurs and other demonic bestial creatures.[18][19]

Other demons[edit | edit source]

Connections to the Material Plane[edit | edit source]

During the Calamity, the Demon Princes of the Abyss had a rare moment of unity, and they all had seats in the dark temple of Bazzoxan.[25]

Arcane devices called Abyssal Anchors can slowly tear holes through the barriers between the Abyss and the Prime Material Plane; they were used during the Calamity to allow demon generals to invade various places in Exandria, and the Angel of Irons cult used crude versions to cause demonic incursions in the Kryn Dynasty.[26]

A connection to the Abyss helps give Blightshore's Cauldron Sea its hostile character.[27]

Around 795 PD, a group of dungeoneers accidentally reactivated the gateway to the Abyss within Bazzoxan, which has remained open ever since, requiring a full-time containment effort by the Aurora Watch.[28]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Causatum" (2x70) at 57:19.
  2. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 19.
  3. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 28.
  4. "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:45:43.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 64.
  6. "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 1:26:11.
  7. 7.0 7.1 See The Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen #2.
  8. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 27.
  9. "In Hot Water" (2x43) at 57:27.
  10. "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 1:54:47.
  11. The Mighty Nein don't recognize the jellyfish-like entity that has come through a tear caused by an Abyssal anchor. "A Turtle By Any Other Name" (2x60) at 12:31.
  12. Identity confirmed: Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "A dybbuk! I don't normally get that gross with the descriptions, but it's in the actual features of the creature, hehe." (April 26, 2019) — in reply to @cda91: "@matthewmercer what are the little Jellyfish that the party fought called? I cant find anything similar to it. #AskMatt #CriticalRole" (backup link)
  13. The Mighty Nein fought three of these demons who had come through a tear caused by an Abyssal anchor. "Feral Business" (2x52) from 2:11:40 through 3:12:25.
  14. "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 55:41.
  15. "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) at 1:30:44.
  16. "The Howling Mines" (2x06) at 49:38. Mollymauk recalls some details about Yeenoghu and the Abyss.
  17. "Between the Lines" (2x78) at 3:19:54.
  18. "Causatum" (2x70) at 1:12:12.
  19. "Between the Lines" (2x78) at 2:46:56.
  20. "Talks Machina Special #3: Critical Role Campaign 1 Wrap-up" (TMSx03) at 45:25.
  21. "The Story of Vox Machina" (Mx04) from 15:32 through 17:52. The story of Uriel coming under demonic influence starts at 6:46, but the confrontation is described in those later minutes.
  22. "Duskmeadow" (1x57) at 3:06:25.
  23. "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) from 4:46:03 through 4:46:22.
  24. "Vorugal" (1x71) at 2:22:55.
  25. "Beneath Bazzoxan" (2x66) at 2:14:44.
  26. "Duplicity" (2x55) at 4:16:53.
  27. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", p. 151.
  28. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", pp. 134–135.

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  1. Demonweb, by CoupleOfKooks and Cris Peter from The Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official art of Juurezel, by Titmouse from The Legend of Vox Machina teaser trailer. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.