One does not simply go to Abyssus - or flies, or swims, or... my point is clear, I think. This land is steeped in evil so vile that no good and honest being short of a god can endure there - just to gaze upon these everlasting crags of black and grey is an affront to all things righteous. It is no coincidence that our eminent Paragon Mother once entrusted our kin to watch over this place. Should we lose Abyssus to the Adversary and let its dark power leave its primordial soil and spread to the North, the whole world would be in grave danger indeed...and that has already happened ten millenia ago.

- Matriarch Kaina-Thax of Alterholdt

Abyssus, also known as Korodis is a vast hot desert situated in the southernmost point of planet Koldenwelt. Abyssus in its entirety is controlled by the Legion of Shiarchon and is the homeland of the Klaxxa race.

History[edit | edit source]

Historically, the area originally called Korodis was always contested in the hands of the Void Denizens. Many ancient structures from long before recorded history survive as ruins within the deserts to the present day including Void Fortresses such as Osdaemonis which has said to have been present upon Koldenwelt since before 30,000 BNA. Three other Void Fortresses were present in Korodis until their eventual destruction; Avkhamadrilund, Akharavzund and Avkhamasaarkon, three of the largest and most heavily fortified Void Fortresses alongside Osdaemonis itself. There are other numerous tales which are treated as mythological at best; ancient, long forgotten cultures were said to have inhabited the far east of Abyssus and more outlandish theories once said that the Orichalcum Elves migrated and arrived in Korodis before 30,000 BNA from lands uncharted, east of Korodis' expanse. The Void's influence within Kordois has fluctuated rapidly over the course of thirty millennia; though its influence was strongest before the Colossus of the Earth Kordraiggen's presence sired the Klaxxa race. The Klaxxa's historical records, of which are infrequent and inaccurate hint that they inhabited Korodis for an extensive period of time, perhaps centuries.

The Klaxxa were eventually rooted out of Abyssus by the Orichalcum Elves, now calling themselves the Shiarchon, lead by Imperator Kalarah after settling on the mountain of Sangua Mons and expanding outwards of that territory, eventually claiming the entirety of Korodis' desert by themselves. The Klaxxa were commanded by Kordraiggen to leave for Ar-Klith before she was supposedly destroyed by Caligaduro Provectus (though it was more likely to be a wraith of Caligaduro or a conjuration of Kalarah's doing). The Shiarchon soon constructed long, expansive walls and gates to seal the desert shut, using the Southern Mountains as a natural defence.

Kalarah's power over void magic soon took to corrupting Korodis' landscape, turning the sands into a rustic red and casting thick volcanic-black clouds over his sphere of influence until those who lived outside of the Shiarchon's walls quickly addressed the land as Abyssus, an Old Tongue word meaning 'hell'. The magic began to warp the wildlife of the region to become vicious and appear unnatural in the eyes of foreigners.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Map of Abyssus

Abyssus is the south-easternmost region of the Tropical Lands. The north-west of Abyssus is walled in by the Southern Mountains, and the Great Eastern Wall serves as another mountainous boundary. The space between the Southern Mountains and the Great Eastern wall at the northern tip of Abyssus is guarded by a colossal fortress wall, spanning the entire thousand mile gap and nearly eighty metres thick. A space between the Southern Mountains and the so-named Abyssal Mountains has a fortress wall constructed spanning one hundred miles across. These fortress walls have the Northern Gate and the Western Gate for both the northern and western wall respectively.

Most of Abyssus' centre is a flat hot desert where temperatures at its extreme can reach 70 °C and supersede those temperatures in the absolute centre. Thus, little civilisation is found in these regions save for occasional Shiarchon outposts. These deserts are home to the more dangerous residents of Abyssus such as the Karkavarnir and Gatekeepers. Much of Abyssus' civilisation is situated on the elevated western plateaus and within Abyssus' mountainous valleys near the Southern Mountains as well as within the Abyssal Mountains as well. The southern and northern reaches of Abyssus also prove popular to residents due to the decreased temperatures in both regions, becoming somewhat bearable to outside life. The eastern expanses of Abyssus are generally uninhabited by residents of the region due to the hostility of the deserts in the centre and east as well as the proximity to the fortress of Osdaemonis of which in recent times has become host to a legion of Void Denizens. It is also the current seat of power of Caligaduro Provectus within the region and thus many of his followers prefer to keep their distance. There are small fortresses designed to protect Osdaemonis from first-line attack if needs be.

The roads within Abyssus are often situated, geographically upon edges of mountains or hillsides where there is relief from Abyssus' extremely hostile environment, where the longest road in Abyssus which expands from the Northern Gate and leads to Sangua Mons is constructed upon the the highest point of plateaus. Much of Abyssus is highly elevated to nearly 1,500 feet (457 m). Sangua Mons, usually considered a standalone mountain in Abyssus is the tallest and largest mountain at 21,778 ft (6,638 m) tall. The Abyssal Mountains has an average altitude of 13,413 ft (4,088 m) and are known for their steep cliff faces which provides geographical advantages for settlements within the valleys of the mountain range.

The aridity of Abyssus leaves the region almost devoid of water, which most of the Shiarchon's adherent inhabitants require to survive. Whilst almost all of Abyssus' water is magically fabricated through enchanted reservoirs, stored in enormous cisterns, underground natural reservoirs have been used in the past where underground lakes have been used as water sources. Over the course of five thousand years, these sources have been depleted, and some believe that there are more of these underground lakes in the more inhospitable desert regions.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Imperator Kalarah's palace

  • Location - Mountain of Sangua Mons
  • Population - 1,940,000
  • Head of City - Imperator Kalarah

Sangua Mons, or in its official title, The Great Citadel of the Mountain of Sangua Mons is the capital city of the Legion of Shiarchon, the largest city in Abyssus and among the largest and oldest cities on Koldenwelt. Sangua Mons is a reconstructed city built upon the ruins of the Void Fortress Avkhamadrilund, which when constructed by the Void Denizens over three hundred thousand years ago had hewn out the mountain to give the city multiple flattened tiers in order for inhabitants to live on. It was converted into a Shiarchon citadel after Imperator Kalarah had completed his exodus to Abyssus in 15,000 BNA, and by his orders did the Shiarchon construct new buildings upon the ancient, indestructible foundations of Avkhamadrilund.

Sangua Mons is the political seat of power of Abyssus and is home to Imperator Kalarah's palace overshadowing the mountain, re-purposed from the more intact construction of Avkhamadrilund on the higher levels of the city. The strategic position of Sangua Mons as a city is heavily protected by the western outposts of Abyssus and is over a thousand miles far from the northern gate.

  • Location - Northeastern Abyssus, Vaansandr Region
  • Population - 211,000
  • Head of City - Lord Balsus
Vaansandr is the capital city of the Vaan-ei, a Kelodhrosi race living under the rule of the Shiarchon, and is the largest city of the north-east of Abyssus and is its most eastern city overall. Vaansandr is both politically and culturally ruled by Lord Balsus, the head of state of the Vaansandr Region who resides in Vaansandr itself. The city was given political devolution after Kalarah granted them such close to 120 BNA. Historically it remains as one of Abyssus' most travelled-through cities due to its closeness to the northern gate.

  • Location - West of Abyssus
  • Population - Unspecified
  • Head of City - Kebra'Osos
Khor is the capital village of the Black Bone Horde and the center of Khorloron society in Abyssus. The village serves as the seat of power of the Khorloron Warboss, who resides there until assigned to a mission. Due to the Khorloron's barbarism and general primitive culture, few non-Khorloron visit the village. Additionally, due to its proximity to the Hive of the Sable Smeevers, the village is regularly attacked by them, much to the delight of the battle-loving Khorloron and the chagrin of the Shiarchon superiors of both races.

Fortresses[edit | edit source]

  • Location - Great Eastern Wall
  • Population - Unspecified
  • Head of Fortress - Caligaduro Provectus (de facto), High Prophet Amusturrnys (de jure)
Osdaemonis, known in Chaospheric as Avkhámalasǣṃṓxaarek is the largest Void Fortress on Koldenwelt and to some extent, Koldenwelt's largest building. Covering six hundred square miles of land, Osdaemonis is currently the fortress and outpost to the largest phalanx of Void Denizens recently returned to Koldenwelt and is the seat of power and residence of Caligaduro Provectus, the Simulacrum of Destruction. It is both the holiest and most feared location in all of Abyssus and is the Legion of Shiarchon's religious centre.

  • Location - Northwestern Abyssus
  • Population - 30,000 labourers
  • Head of Fortress - Praetor Arcturus
Avkhamasaarkon, known as the Ruins of Caligaduro's Tower was once the tallest tower on Koldenwelt until it was razed to the ground by the Colossi in ancient times. The width of the tower's base, around 3,000 ft (914 m) in diameter indicates that the tower was of perplexing height, some believe to be tall enough to be indistinguishable to the blackness of space. In ancient times it served as a conduit of power for the Void Denizens in order to conjure the most powerful beasts from the plains of Nothing. In modern times however, the fortress under the supervision of Praetor Arcturus has undergone renovation in order to convert it into a fortress of its own. Much of the fortresses' darkstone walls that were broken during its collapse remain scattered across Abyssus and the Southern Mountains.

  • Location - Southern Mountains
  • Population - Unspecified, can house 400,000
  • Head of Fortress - Praetor Valentinianus
Thratandrovan or the Great Western Fortress is the largest Shiarchon-constructed fortress in Abyssus, strategically built in a valley against two mountain cliff faces. It is the fortress headed by Praetor Valentinianus, the head of the Legion's armies. The fortresses' foreboding appearance has driven many would-be settlers near its proximity to avoid it.

Race[edit | edit source]

Sapients[edit | edit source]

  • Name - Abyssus Goblin
  • Diet - Omnivore
  • Size - 1m - 1.38m

A peculiar kind of goblin, the Abyssus Goblins have a rather unusual presence in Abyssus. It is not known whether they are native of Abyssus or not, though they are generally used by the Legion of Shiarchon as a workforce for construction. They are treated with the disrespect that the Shiarchon do with many other 'lesser' kinds, and general concern for their well-being is limited to very few. The Abyssus Goblins are very easy to please, with food being their primary concern for payment. Granted that they are loyal to the Shiarchon, their own independent civilisation goes unnoticed to their benefit.

  • Name - Abyssus Humans
  • Diet - Omnivore
  • Size - 1.65m - 2.08m

Those that remained loyal to the Legion of Shiarchon in the initial migration to Abyssus five millennia ago also had their bodies deformed and twisted in a similar manner to the Shiarchon themselves. Abyssus Humans have particularly leathery and hardened skin, as is evident on the more open parts of their armour. Though their bodies have acclimatised to Abyssus' harsh environment, they are unable to brave the occasional sandstorm that blows through their territories, hence why they wear full-face respiratory masks with eye protection. Abyssus Humans are split into multiple clans, with some loyal to the Legion and some who are not.

  • Name - Abyssus Humans
  • Diet - Omnivore
  • Size - 4.82m - 7.71m

Generally thought of in a similar light to the Goblins, Abyssus Trolls are used also as a workforce by the Shiarchon. Less intelligent than their goblin cousins, manipulating the Trolls into working is rather trivial for the Shiarchon. Though easy to control, Trolls themselves have a shorter temper than the Goblins, and Shiarchon over time have learnt to keep their distance from the Trolls as they are also rather easy to ire.

  • Name - Blood Drakes
  • Diet - Carnivore
  • Size - 48.9m - 83.3m

The largest sapient race in Abyssus, the Blood Drakes are an entire race of dragons that swore loyalty to Caligaduro Provectus over twenty five thousand years ago, in order to escape extinction by the Simulacrum of Destruction's hand. Around five thousand years ago, Kalarah had swore a pact with the Blood Drakes, in which they would come to serve the Legion of Shiarchon and become mounts for many Shiarchon dragonriders. In return, the Blood Drakes are allowed their own societal structure, though they too live under the ultimate control of the Shiarchon Imperator, and constantly threatens them of their destruction should they disobey or revolt against the Legion.

  • Name - Karkavarnir
  • Diet - Unknown
  • Size - 8.97m - 11.9m

One of the rare giant races of Koldenwelt, the Karkavarnir are a race that became of physical experimentation under Shiarchon blood magic and dark magic. Numerous in numbers, the Karkavarnir only possess basic instincts that allow them to be controlled by the Shiarchon and are often thought of as guards and tools to use in combat and constructon. Though loyal to the Shiarchon, they do not take too kindly to humans. Due to their nature, it is unknown whether the Karkavarnir have a diet, or even a face underneath their helms.

  • Name - Khorloron
  • Diet - Carnivore
  • Size - 3.62m - 3.82m

The Khorloron are a dark subspecies of Loron originated from the Bharloron who inhabits the western regions of Abyssus. Under the rule of the warlord known as Kebra'Osos, the Khorloron compose the barbaric Black Bone Horde which has served as an ally of the Legion of Shiarchon for several decades. Feared across the tropics for their immense strength and great numbers, the Khorloron may not be very intelligent in most cases, but armies of warriors have fallen to these beasts for underestimating how cunning and brutal they can be when properly organized.

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  • Name - Sable Smeever
  • Diet - Carnivore
  • Size - 5.45m - 5.98m

Sable Smeevers are a hive of Smeevers who were born at the dark reaches of Abyssus. Their birthing hive was corrupted by Void Magic originated from Prophet Maximilianus, causing the Smeevers born from it to be greatly mutated and lose their minds completely, becoming beasts of war of the Legion of Shiarchon. Sables are far larger than other Smeevers, reaching five meters in height in their adulthood, and are noted for being immensely strong creatures, being strong enough to hurl full-grown horses with great force.

  • Name - Shiarchon
  • Diet - Carnivore
  • Size - 2.16m - 3.15m

The dominant race of Abyssus, the Shiarchon are a race of soulless husks that were once the Orichalcum Elves. Vast in numbers and in expanse across Abyssus, the Shiarchon have dominion over at least eight tenths of Abyssus' reaches, and have some grounding in the rest. Much like the Orichalcum Elves, the Shiarchon are a proud and elitist kind, but with the twisted psychology of five thousand years of resentment for the rest of Koldenwelt. Though generally aggressive and quick to assume their domination over all other life, not all Shiarchon are evil, though many are willing to be if it means to survive in the desolation of Abyssus.

  • Name - Tastgaris
  • Diet - Carnivore
  • Size - 2.33m - 7.29m

Unusual even by Abyssus' standards, the Tastgaris are a wide band of mutated Deiwes that live in numerous rivalling tribes in Abyssus' less populated regions. Enemies of the Legion, the Tastgaris tend to attack Shiarchon upon sight, though the Shiarchon tend to ignore them due to their infinitely greater power. Tastgaris themselves have an affinity to void magic, and with their comparable immortality, grow larger and stronger as they age.

  • Name - Vaan-ei
  • Diet - Carnivore
  • Size - 2.33m - 7.29m

A large society of Kelodhres living in the northeast of Abyssus, the Vaan-ei serve as Abyssus' largest minority demographic and the second most influential species in the Legion of Shiarchon. The Vaan-ei have their own set of customs and laws of which they have fought and died for over many centuries, though the Vaan-ei had earned the Shiarchon's respect (and secretly disdain) after it was decided that the Vaan-ei would rather be extinct than live under total Shiarchon rule. Despite their comparative independence, they still call themselves member of the Legion.

Wildlife[edit | edit source]

  • Name - Ahzun
  • Relative Threat - High
  • Diet - Carnivore
  • Height - 3.5m - 7.5m
  • Creator - Xho

Ahzun or Abyssal Lions are creatures that resemble regular Koldenweltian lions though possess a mane created from three mouths and a large, unwieldy spiked tail. Though aggressive, both the Khorloron and Shiarchon domesticate the Ahzun for multiple purposes; the most being war mounts against their enemies and transport across the desert plains of Abyssus. The Ahzun's hide is virtually impenetrable though it is known that their eyes are critical weakspots.

  • Name - Cataphractus
  • Relative Threat - Low
  • Diet - None
  • Height - 4m
  • Creator - Xho

The Cataphractus are enigmatic golem-like horse mounts that the Shiarchon use for transportation through the roads of Abyssus. Nothing is known of their birth or formation but it is believed the first of the Cataphractus horses were originally giant horses later magically transformed by the tainted atmosphere of Abyssus. Despite their great weight and lumbering stature the Cataphractus mounts prove to be immensely fast in transport and can traverse distances of over a thousand miles in one day. Their unnatural pace gives rise to the belief that the Cataphractus are magically manifested creatures.

  • Name - Void Eater
  • Relative Threat - Very high
  • Diet - Carnivore
  • Height - 6.4m
  • Creator - Xho

The Void-Eaters are huge, voracious and dangerous forms of creatures that terrorise the wastes of Abyssus to all populations. Considered beyond taming by most Shiarchon standards, Void-Eater claws are powerful enough to tear through Shiarchon steel and their immense size and speed that comes within the power of their legs often mean they can scale distances at terrifying pace and overpower almost any sapient victim they so come across. Void-Eaters tend to live in packs though encountering them in the wilderness of Abyssus is rare and are often only encountered in pairs at the most. Their most significant feature is their wraith-like scream, which can be heard for miles on end.

Unique Creatures[edit | edit source]

  • Name - Akhyrlktaikkalan
  • Relative Threat - Extremely high
  • Diet - None
  • Height - 115m
  • Creator - Xho

The legendary Akhyrlktaikkalan is an ancient abomination that has plagued the lands millennia before the Shiarchon made Abyssus their home. Many have come to believe that the Akhyrlktaikkalan is a horrific amalgamation of the corpses of creatures inhabited by a spirit that was called to Koldenwelt's surface by Caligaduro Provectus, whilst others say that the Akhyrlktaikkalan is in fact a manifested remainder of the Simulacrum's spirit. The creature is regarded by most Shiarchon as the most terrifying and destructive creature in Abyssus bar the other unique draconic horrors that terrorise its landscape; even the more intimidating wildlife in Abyssus tend to flee in its presence. The Akhyrlktaikkalan is said to resemble a six-winged Amphiptere.

  • Name - Atrocius
  • Relative Threat - Extremely high
  • Diet - Carnivore
  • Height - 64m
  • Creator - OluapPlayer

Atrocius is an incredibly ancient Chimera Void Denizen who serves the will of Caligaduro Provectus and is notable for its insatiable hunger for the flesh of all Kelodhros races, being seemingly created to hunt and destroy all dragons in Koldenwelt during the forces of the Void's original war against the world. More than eager to fulfill this purpose, Atrocius has terrorized Koldenwelt for over thirty thousand years. With three hungry heads and a draconic body, highly resembling an hydra, Atrocius is an entity of pure mindless evil, destroying all that may dare stand on its way and devouring all dragons it encounters until nothing remains.

  • Name - Penumbra
  • Relative Threat - Extremely high
  • Diet - Carnivore
  • Height - 60m
  • Creator - Xho

Another ancient Chimera spawned from the recesses of Nothing, Penumbra was conjured into this world by Imperator Kalarah, to serve him as a personal mount as well as a display of the Imperator's ability to summon colossal monsters from beyond Koldenwelt. Only slightly more intelligent than the likes of Atrocius, Penumbra is little more than a tamed creature with an inclination of destroying all in its path, similar to all other Chimera that serve Caligaduro Provectus.

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