|Area||5,000 sq miles|
Ladneg is named for what is scattered across this great wetland. The fact that it is a swamp never played much into someone naming this place. Across this wetland are massive pieces of what was once a colossal structure, all of which are alien in nature. The rock and iron of these junks were once part of a unthinkably large egg-like device used in ages past. It was apparently destroyed and ended up scattered across the vast expanse of a swamp.
During the Demon Spawn War, the gods and their angels waged a war with the hordes of demons spewing forth from the Abyss. One of the magical items of this war was a ten-mile diameter egg. This structure was made of Abyssal stone, with beams of iron, the remnants of a war engine that drifted across Chaos. All of this interlocked in a latticework of entropic energy. It was designed by an upstart, yet brilliant, demon commander named Demogorgon. Its purpose was to move an entire army from the Abyss to the world Bal-Kriav.
The egg-shaped war chariot was named Ladneg, for no other reason than a mane was hobbling by and Demogorgon asked its name. The pitiful creature said its name, "Ladneg", at which point Demogorgon crushed the sub-demon, saying "No it's not." He then looked at me and said, pointing in the direction of the smoky war chariot, "That is Ladneg", at which point I recorded it as such.
My master then had hundreds of artisans spend a year stamping the name across the circumference of it. They engraved "Ladneg" everywhere they could. After some convincing, and a whole lot of "convincer" deaths, all vainly trying to get him to re-focus on the war and not artisan work, Demogorgon finally ended the engraving work and set Ladneg on the path of war. The main power of this great device was that it allowed one demon to be summoned from the other side, and the device would then form a chain with all those inside of it. One demon through a summoning, and an entire army is dragged through with him. Demogorgon rode in the heart of the device, surrounded by four legions. He opened a channel between Farquourn and a new realm called Bal-Kriav. It was here we would go and break past the lines of the archangel Asmodeus and his brutal angelic minions.
Someone betrayed us, or a spy got in and found out what we were up to. They were waiting for us, and were able to close the gateway on Ladneg as it was half-way through the channel. It split the thing in two, what happened on the other side is unknown, but probably shattered into a million pieces as it fell from the sky and hit Bal-Kriav's surface. The half on our side was still there, and could still be entered, but inside it opened into nothingness, the void. As for my lord, who was inside when Ladneg was severed in two, he was struck by the closing gateway and nearly had his head ripped apart. Only his great might and the chaotic energy that burned for release inside of him, saved him that day. Demogorgon was to say to one of the generals who questioned my lord and lived, "So we lost ten thousand soldiers and some years of building the thing, but do you see me? I now live with two brains, I was terrible to be reckoned with before the accident, but now I'm twice as brilliant. All in the Abyss and beyond will come to know and fear my name."
- Lugúrz Lak Múl, personal historian to Demogorgon, from the book - "Ladneg Division"
The destruction of this demon forged device is scattered across a wetland. It is likely that the falling debris of the device created the conditions to turn this area into a swamp. Some of the chunks are enormous and created obvious craters. These deep areas of the swamp harbor some of the more nastier things that prowl the area. The jumble of rusting beams of Abyssal iron poke out from piles of rubble or stand as spears in fetid pools. All the alien rubble and debris have words engraved in them, many are lost from the splitting of the device, but there are thousands with fell looking runes that when deciphered read "Ladneg".
As a whole the swamp is inhabited by normal creatures and monsters of this realm. There are some though that are born with demon traits and a few are born as half-demons.
A stag is normally shy and elusive, but a demon-tainted stag is aggressive and cunning, they hunt to kill, mostly not to eat, just to kill whatever they come across. Some act normal, then one day they go dark and feral. If it survives the things it battles, it may, for a time, turn back to acting like a normal stag. Chaos burns the blood of these creatures, when it cooks their brain enough, they again go wicked and predatory. As for the more intelligent creatures born in Ladneg, like some monsters and humanoids, well they are just evil. Few of them play nice, though I have heard in my travels of some half-demons that have come out of Ladneg and lived semi-righteous lives, but they are few and far between.
My brother and sister Protectorates, I warn you that in Ladneg, don't assume that you are the supposed hunter.