The Primordials

Although the exact differences between a god and a primordial remain uncertain, there exists a stark line drawn between both groups of beings. Deities belong to the pantheon of the Gods of Dawn. Primordials, although never part of a unified pantheon, are collectively known as the Lords of Twilight. These entities first created the mortal realms. Their sheer creativity and energy sparked formation of Stormfell, the Shadowfell, the Feywild, and perhaps other domains as well. But for the primordials, no mortal creatures would exist. There is a great irony within this fact; primordials now desperately seek the destruction of that which they created, and thus pose a terrible threat to all mortals.

The primordials have long existed within the Elemental Chaos. At the dawn of creation, these powerful beings were free to wander into what now constitutes the middle world. After their defeat during the Dawn War, they suffered banishment or imprisonment in the Elemental Chaos. These beings remain trapped, unable to directly enter the mortal world except under unusual circumstances.

There exist within the ranks of primordials two fundamental groups. The first group is often referred to as demon lords. The demon lords rule over vast hordes of demons within the Abyss. These primordials were corrupted by Tharizdun or the Abyssal Heart, and turned against gods and other primordials alike. For their crimes, the survivors were imprisoned within the Abyss, able to escape only through outside design or accident. These primordials, twisted and corrupted beyond recognition, never fought in the Dawn War. Other primordials do not hold any kinship with the demon lords, viewing them as enemies just like the Gods of Dawn. The ranks of demon lords include names such as Orcus, Demogorgon, and Baphomet.

The second group is known simply as primordials. These beings are powerful, chaotic, and highly individualistic. Most of them fought in the Dawn War, often with great savagery, but they ultimately suffered defeat because they could not cooperate with others of their kind. Many of the primordials are remembered even to this day, including Erek-Hus, Mual-Tar, Imix, and Kyuss.

Regardless to which group a primordial belongs, they all share three things in common. First, they seek escape from banishment or imprisonment. Second, they demand revenge against the Gods of Dawn, with blood and destruction the only possible conclusions. Third, the primordials all desire to destroy and remake creation, a creation free of the gods’ meddling. The primordials believe that the gods ruined creation and marred its chaotic beauty. Thanks to the gods, the mortal domains and their native creatures are too flawed to be saved. The primordials must start creation over with a clean slate. They care nothing that this would involve the death of millions of sentient creatures. To the primordials, mortal creatures are little more than insects, unworthy of survival and barely worthy of notice.

At one time, primordials shaped much of creation. They wielded tremendous powers that rivaled those of the gods. Existing amidst the Elemental Chaos, the primordials gained greatest pleasure in creating and then destroying that which they had created. Their innate nature helped form the conflict that grew into the Creation War.

Although the exact differences between a god and a primordial remain uncertain, there exists a stark line drawn between both groups of beings. Deities belong to the pantheon of the Gods of Dawn. Primordials, although never part of a unified pantheon, are collectively known as the Lords of Twilight. These entities first created the mortal realms. Their sheer creativity and energy sparked formation of Stormfell, the Shadowfell, the Feywild, and perhaps other domains as well. But for the primordials, no mortal creatures would exist. There is a great irony within this fact; primordials now desperately seek the destruction of that which they created, and thus pose a terrible threat to all mortals.

The primordials have long existed within the Elemental Chaos. At the dawn of creation, these powerful beings were free to wander into what now constitutes the middle world. After their defeat during the Dawn War, they suffered banishment or imprisonment in the Elemental Chaos. These beings remain trapped, unable to directly enter the mortal world except under unusual circumstances.

There exist within the ranks of primordials two fundamental groups. The first group is often referred to as demon lords. The demon lords rule over vast hordes of demons within the Abyss. These primordials were corrupted by Tharizdun or the Abyssal Heart, and turned against gods and other primordials alike. For their crimes, the survivors were imprisoned within the Abyss, able to escape only through outside design or accident. These primordials, twisted and corrupted beyond recognition, never fought in the Dawn War. Other primordials do not hold any kinship with the demon lords, viewing them as enemies just like the Gods of Dawn. The ranks of demon lords include names such as Orcus, Demogorgon, and Baphomet.

The second group is known simply as primordials. These beings are powerful, chaotic, and highly individualistic. Most of them fought in the Dawn War, often with great savagery, but they ultimately suffered defeat because they could not cooperate with others of their kind. Many of the primordials are remembered even to this day, including Erek-Hus, Mual-Tar, Imix, and Kyuss.

Regardless to which group a primordial belongs, they all share three things in common. First, they seek escape from banishment or imprisonment. Second, they demand revenge against the Gods of Dawn, with blood and destruction the only possible conclusions. Third, the primordials all desire to destroy and remake creation, a creation free of the gods’ meddling. The primordials believe that the gods ruined creation and marred its chaotic beauty. Thanks to the gods, the mortal domains and their native creatures are too flawed to be saved. The primordials must start creation over with a clean slate. They care nothing that this would involve the death of millions of sentient creatures. To the primordials, mortal creatures are little more than insects, unworthy of survival and barely worthy of notice.

Demon lords and their vast demon hordes remain, for the most part, trapped within the Abyss. The surviving primordials, those not corrupted by Tharizdun or the Abyssal Heart, exist within the broader domain of the Elemental Chaos. Many of the primordials remain chained, imprisoned, or otherwise restricted. Those not so bound must stay hidden or disguised to avoid attracting the attention of the Gods of Dawn.

Individually, each primordial represents tremendous raw power. One on one, a primordial is more than a match for almost any god. Because the gods fight together, however, the primordials cannot hope to win a conflict in the long run. Although these entities may no longer pose a grave threat to the gods, they pose a long-term threat to mortals and the mortal domains; the primordials would love nothing more than to unmake creation and undo everything the gods built. The most well known primordials, living or deceased, are listed below. In some cases, little more is known about these beings or what they look like.

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The Primordials

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