Primordial


The Primordials were a race of great, ancient elementals that once inhabited the Material Plane.[1] They are also known as elemental titans,[1] primordial titans,[3] or simply the titans.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Creation[edit | edit source]

The faith and teachings of the Kryn Dynasty believe that the Primordials were created by The Luxon. The Luxon, a being of light who sought to understand themselves, found a rock and recognized their loneliness in it. They embraced the world and, with its warmth and light, "sparked a fire within" and lit the core of the world. The world began to "fight back in a weird way" and developed into elemental chaos, from which the Primordials were born.[6][7]

The Luxon hoped that by creating beings to observe and interact with them, they would understand their identity and purpose. They attempted to guide the Primordials, which they considered children. However, there was "nothing there that it could grab ahold of and speak with" and "no consciousnesses here", and the Primordials fought and killed one another, losing their souls "to the dark beyond". The Luxon, confused, instituted a "time of learning" so that their children may improve and created the Luxon beacons so that "those who were bound to the Light" may be reborn into the world.[6][7]

The Founding[edit | edit source]

The Primordials lived deep beneath the surface of the world when the Protean Gods arrived from elsewhere in the universe, precipitating The Founding. At some point, the Primordials and Protean Gods became allies. The common account believed in modern Exandria (as relayed in Explorer's Guide to Wildemount and Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn) is that the gods were not aware that the Primordials existed when they created mortals.[8][9] In summarizing what would be known to Bells Hells in Campaign 3, Matthew Mercer stated that "the gods and the Primordial Titans were allies when they arrived".[10] Asmodeus claimed that there was an agreement between the Primordials and the gods.[11]

Some time after, Predathos came to the world and consumed two of the gods. The gods requested help from the Primordials, and they together sealed Predathos into a portion of Exandria and attempted to send it back out into the universe. This failed, instead creating the moon Ruidus.[12] It is not known if Predathos posed a threat to the Primordials, but the Primordials gave their help in honor of the alliance.[10]

"Eons" later, the Primordials objected when the gods granted divine magic to mortals, allowing the mortals to shape the world and finally thrive. The Primordials fought against the mortals to "correct that imbalance"[13] and attempted to return the world to elemental chaos. Some of the gods (later known as the Prime Deities) defended the mortals and sought to "salvage their home, their creations, and their realized selves".[9] Other gods (later known as the Betrayer Gods) sided with the Primordials, wishing to allow the world to return to chaos and start fresh elsewhere.[8][9][13][11] During the following war, called The Schism, mortals used a new gift of arcane magic to overcome the Primordials, allowing the Prime Deities to banish the Betrayer Gods. The elves of Gwessar defeated the Molten Titan, which was sealed with and consumed by the earth to form the Daggerbay Mountains.[14] Rau'shan and Ka'Mort were defeated by Pelor and Melora in Domunas and sealed beneath Toramunda, becoming two of the only Primordials to not be destroyed.[15][16] All other Primordials were destroyed, and the Prime Deities used their "ever-enduring essences" to create the Elemental Planes.[8]

Age of Arcanum[edit | edit source]

Asmodeus's plan for the Calamity was to use the act of the Replenishment to release Rau'shan and Ka'Mort from beneath Mount Ygora and fight the mortals of Exandria alongside them. This would have destroyed Exandria.[17] The Ring of Brass, upon learning of this prophecy, aided Laerryn Coramar-Seelie in modifying her Astral Leywright to destroy Rau'shan and Ka'Mort by scattering them across the planes.[18]

The Titanstone Knuckles, one of the Vestiges of Divergence, was forged from the heartstone of an earth titan at some point during the Calamity.[1]

Post-Divergence[edit | edit source]

During the Icelost Years, Errevon the Rimelord, a powerful ice elemental, lead an invasion of Tal'Dorei before being resealed in the Frostfell.[19] Errevon is speculated to have been the scion of a primordial, perhaps one who escaped the war during the Founding.[20]

Roughly 15 years prior to the events of the Chroma Conclave, the heartstone of a fire titan, called a soul anchor, was attached to Thordak to seal him in the Elemental Plane of Fire.[21]

After his ascent to godhood, Vecna raised an earth titan, atop the shoulders of which rested the city of Thar Amphala.[22] Vox Machina traveled through this titan so that they could fight Vecna.[23]

Primordial heartstone[edit | edit source]

Primordial heartone can be used to craft powerful magical artifacts such as Titanstone Knuckles (made out of the shard of the Issylran earth titan),[24] and the essence of the Primordial heartstone can imbue a creature with magical capabilities assosiated with the element of the titan, or share its magical essence with a geographical region. The words shard,[25] spark,[26] seed,[27][28]and heart crystal[29] of Primordil titans are often used interchangeably to refer to the physical core and the elemental essence of the Primordial titan.

Ashton Greymoore bears a shard of Ka'Mort (earth titan).[25] Ashton was born as an elf, affected by the shard and developed into an earth genasi, which, when awoken, granted him powers assosiated with earth element. Fearne Calloway bears a sister seed of Rau'shan (fire titan), which granted her fire related elemental powers.

The soul anchor was carved out of a fire titan's heartstone by Allura Vysoren's adventuring party. They used the anchor to Thordak inside the Elemental Plane of Fire,[30] but Thordak managed to integrate the shard into his body, escaping the fire plane and causing elemental mutations to his organism. The essence of the fire titan heartstone is known as the Ember Seed.[30]

In both 812 and 836 PD, as a part of an adventure hook Seed of Immolation, an unborn primordial titan seed lies beneath the Rifenmist Jungle. "Its energy responsible for the fertile landscape and extreme overgrowth of the jungle". The seed can be affected in a way to awake and begin the development of the slumbering titan. "If the seed is destroyed, vast swathes of jungle may wither and die without its magical essence".[27]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 6.
  2. "The Ominous March" (1x109) at 3:09:24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 14.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 54.
  5. "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) from 2:15:00 through 2:15:13.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 33.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap-Up" (Mx10) at 3:33:43.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 1: "Welcome to Tal'Dorei", pp. 13–14.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", pp. 11–12.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "For The Tempest" (3x68) at 2:47:04.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Bitterness and Dread" (E3x02) from 4:11:30 through 4:17:35. As relayed by Asmodeus, though he is manipulating Zerxus Ilerez at the time. See also "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 1:03:44, where he repeats some of this broadly.
  12. "Axiom Shaken" (3x43) at 3:04:09.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Bitterness and Dread" (E3x02) at 1:56:11. As relayed in expository manner by Dungeon Master Brennan Lee Mulligan.
  14. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 130.
  15. "Bitterness and Dread" (E3x02) at 3:31:38.
  16. "Blood and Shadow" (E3x03) at 5:13:00.
  17. "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 2:27:48.
  18. "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 5:03:34.
  19. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 10.
  20. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 1: "Welcome to Tal'Dorei", p. 20.
  21. "Duskmeadow" (1x57) at 3:12:35.
  22. "The Ominous March" (1x109) at 3:09:23.
  23. "Dark Dealings" (1x112) at 8:54.
  24. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 5: "Game Master's Toolkit", p. 211.
  25. 25.0 25.1 "Roots Between Worlds" (3x74) at 3:11:25.
  26. "Roots Between Worlds" (3x74) at 3:24:03.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 119.
  28. "Fractures" (3x78) at 12:33. Ka'Mort's seed.
  29. "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:40:52.
  30. 30.0 30.1 "The Coming Storm" (1x73) at 2:17:42.

Art:

  1. Official art of four elemental titans, by Kent Davis (source). 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.

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