Spire of Neld-Rac Girothe Helas

CategoryMarvels, Voidships
TypeHelas Vessel
RegionAerie of Dragons
AliasGirothe Helas
Built28 Lunar 1803 DE
MapHiznaar Goz

The Spire of Neld-Rac is a Helas Vessel class voidship. When it was on the world Osâchar, it served as a Horgon temple for those worshipping the then mortal Neld-Rac.

In 537 HE, the Spire of Neld-Rac left Osâchar and entered the Void. In 862 HE, it and the other Helas Vessels came to Bal-Kriav. The Spire of Neld-Rac landed in the dreary wetland Fiit Storn. From this Spire, Neld-Rac did experiments with various forms of energy in the hopes of creating a subservient race for the Durkoth under him. One of the successes of these experiments was the creation of the first Muneyd'vith.

Around 1017 HE, Neld-Rac and his Durkoth minions began mutating. Over the next couple years, they abandoned the area and went south to the seas, joining other Durkoth across the realm in what was to become known as the Durkoth Descent (995 HE - 1355 HE).

The Spire of Neld-Rac is otherworldly appearing. It has sharp, jagged features and the monolithic structure seems to waver as if its part here and part somewhere else. Fourteen hundred feet of the Spire is above the surface of the swamp, while the remaining 600' lies beneath fetid waters and mud. The spire has a 2000' diameter base. It is powered by the psyche of Girothe Helas; a living sentient engine spawned in the Creation War by the primordial Beldileck.

In 1026, two thousand years since the Durkoth abandoned the Spire of Neld-Rac, lore seekers in the employ of Bralda-Balc entered the place and found the Lab Journals of Neld-Rac. These were technical writings of Neld-Rac in lab journal form, but done in such a way that they talk of himself highly and convincingly, such that many end up becoming deeply interested in his work.

From all accounts, 9 out of 10 who read them become a convert to Neld-Rac. Gleaning the secrets of them comes at a stiff price that may make one a staunchly loyal mouthpiece of its writer.

- Mordesou, party member of the Sisters of Kyprix - "Neld-Rac's Journal Curse"

Those that have read the journals and been tricked, became proselytizers of Neld-Rac, spreading his gospel to others, usually to those of like mind such as those in academia, arcane studies, psionics, and so on. After a few decades, this had spread down to the farm hands and from their gained traction in Hells Womb. The revival of Neld-Rac worship and the proliferation of information on dark rites and ancient secrets of necromancy. Some say that these journals were the main reason for the downfall of Kal-Oni.

In 1115, its membership in decline, Bralda-Balc summoned its members to the Spire. In what became known as the Spire Massacre, Bralda-Balc's leaders disbanded the guild and slaughtered all of its living members.

The Spire of Neld-Rac sits within a very large and permanent Dead Magic Zone. This area of null magic constantly changes in size, but always covers the entirety of the Spire; it may be a few feet outward from the Spire's base or extending outward a mile in all directions. This dead magic zone was caused when one of its vampire custodians created the Mirror of Turkangul. The creation of this magic item was supposed to open a intra-system rift between the moon Deaths Kindle and Turkangul's lab inside the Spire. He then sought to use the negative energy of the moon to hasten his experiments with creating a more powerful and intelligent zombie. The Mirror of Turkangul broke when it was first used, releasing a wave of positive and negative energy that left in its wake a dead magic zone. It is because of this zone of null magic that undead are very common in the spire. The higher levels of the spire, above the reach of most undead, are sometimes used by nesting manticores, wyverns, and chimera.