Primordial Storm

Primordial Storm - Zyrath
RegionNorthern Hordelands
Created3 Bliss 9111 GE

Near the heart of the Northern Hordelands is a perpetual storm encompassing a vast area. This storm is fifty miles in diameter and churns like the eye of a hurricane. The continuous rains of this anomaly resulted in the formation of the surrounding wetland called Irtharmorn. Numerous streams and waterways flow south from the Primordial Storm. These merge with the south flowing Anassúmë river. On the northern edge of the storm are the Storm Cavities. The rain that falls in this area seeps into the ground, following crevasses and cracks where it ultimately becomes the head of the the Underdark river Vuzlyn.

The Primordial Storm was formed in the Demon Spawn War when Phalgas, Athena and Danzar-Khâl hunted down and slew the Nine-Tongued Worm. This monstrous primordial knew his end was coming, so he created a spell that when he died, his gut rift would explode. This explosion sliced through the Web of Magic and into Bal-Kriav creating what is today known as the Primordial Storm. Not long after the rift's opening, the demon lord Yeenoghu came through with a demon army. He had as his closet advisor, the disembodied thinker Ingu'lumin. This creature of primordial make was the brains, and Yeenoghu the brawn for a demon offensive to capture and control all of what is today known as the Northern Hordelands.

After the Quara'tun Covenant defeated the demons, Arcana worked with Ingu'lumin to block the rift in the Primordial Storm and its connection with the Abyss. They were successful, only because Ingu'lumin through a "wrench" into the seal which allowed the occasional creature from Chaos to slip through.

Ingu'lumin is on a level of intelligence that I could only dream of, he will undoubtedly work to thwart my magic, but without him I cannot close the rift created by the Nine-Tongued Worm.

- Arcana, to the leaders of the Quara'tun Covenant - "Ingu'lumin's Scheme"

The climate and weather patterns of the Northern Hordelands and even parts of other regions are affected by the strength of the Primordial Storm. Powerful gusts of wind that seem to come out of nowhere have been known to knock a giant prone or pick up a goblin and carry them for miles on currents that waver, lift, drop and seem to move by a chaotic force.

The area of the storm is only habitable by elementals, for few other creatures can withstand its buffeting winds and dangerous elemental lighting. The Northern Hordelands are prowled by creatures that have come from Chaos. Most of these otherworldly creatures come to Bal-Kriav by being pulled through from the Primordial Storm.

In 1407, explorers from the Magis Institute travelled into the Primordial Storm and discovered several vortices composed of raw chaos. On several occasions they witnessed chaos archons emerging from these short-lived rifts.