|Focus||Soul Gatherer (chaotic evil souls)|
The old name of the Abyss is Piranoths Steps. It was named such, because it was built by the great primordial of creation Piranoth. The "steps" represented the worlds that Piranoth created from Chaos. The first world, the Step of Foundation, was created in 1 DE. Still not clearly understood, the worlds that Piranoth created ended up being corrupted by the Threads of Damnation. A vein of great unholy energy, it corrupted the primordial's chaos aberrations, turning them into what became known as the Demons.
When the Covenant defeated the primordials in the Creation War (1486 DE - 8777 DE), Piranoth was so angry that he totally abandoned his worlds to the demons. His departure was so quick, that many primordials relics were left behind. Some of these were items that open rifts to faraway systems. These would be used on a wide scale in their invasion of the Quara'tun System.
When the Abyss was created in the deepest reaches of Chaos, it is said that the evil emanating from this realm corrupted some of the mighty primordials. Demogorgon, Baphomet, and Orcus were some of the primordials that became infused with entropy and unholy energy, reshaped into the likeness of pure destructive evil. They became the demon lords, masters of entire worlds. When we defeated the primordials, we opened the way for the demon invasion of other realms.
- Naraz-Nâru, from a mithril plaque at Ginbar-Karud - "One Darkness Unto Another"
We must fight them on the same terms, our methods must be as brutal as theirs if we are to stop the hordes, and if our agents are to operate among them, they must act as them.
Bal-Kriav has been corrupted from the Abyss in several areas. In the Lith-Crillion Era, the demon empire Varelay ruled Ma'Ohari for more than a millennia. Many other areas of Quara'tun are tainted by the demon war, like Ladneg, once a world hopping device, lies scattered across a northern swamp of Hells Womb.
There are many rifts to the worlds of the Abyss. In the Phael-Tetramord War (10 - 25), the elves sought aid from the faraway worlds in their fight against the Tetramord. One of the rifts they opened became permanent, opening a bridge to a world under Demogorgon's control. This gateway, the Ungorth Reddik Road, became an invasion route for Demogorgon's armies.
In the Black Tide War (1465 - 1504), Katrana, one of the leaders of the First Dead Council, opened the Abyssal Funnel. After goodly forces secured the Sylvan Kingdoms, a number of powerful mages, a druid, and the god Arcana worked together to close it.
|Abyssm||planet||Demogorgon||Ungorth Reddik Road|
|Arioch||planet||Athroond, Arioch Cloud|
|Cauldron of the Lost||planet||Huhueteotl|
|Obox-ob||planet||home of the Obyriths
||Step of Foundation||planet||1 DE||Thanatos||planet||Orcus||The Junkyard||asteroid belt||Uezexoch||planet||Aperoq|