The Primordials ruled the continent before the First Empire was formed. Before, there was no true civilization – no groups larger than a village existed, and the Primordials would destroy entire regions at their whim. The Thalosian Gods rose up, united the disparate tribes, and overthrew the Primordials.
While some of the Primordials survived the Dawn War, most were killed and their mantles lay dormant. Since then, some mortals have risen to great power and claimed those mantles left behind, becoming godlike themselves. Many of these Dark Ones came to power in the Great War that ended the Fourth Empire. Their number also includes Kavril the Undying, a member of the Thalosian pantheon who betrayed the other gods and tried to conquer the world, leading to the war that ended the Second Empire. Now, the distinction between the true Primordials and those Dark Ones who claimed their lost powers is foreign of most, who see them all as collective enemies of the Thalosian pantheon.
|Cranar Red-Blade||evil||War||Fall of the Fourth Empire|
|Griel Lord of Night||evil||Darkness||Fall of the Fourth Empire|
|Jukuru the Cleaver||evil||Death||Fall of the Fourth Empire|
|Kavril the Undying||chaotic evil||Change, Tyranny, Undeath||Fall of the Second Empire|
|Kiarn the Razer||evil||Destruction||Fall of the Fourth Empire|
|Milik the Beaded||evil||Poison||Fall of the Fourth Empire|
|Netrissa the Dark Mother||unaligned||Arcana, Creation, Fate||Antiquity|
|Nigrida the Skull-Bearer||evil||War||Fall of the Fourth Empire|
|Rokiel the Bloody||unaligned||Madness||Antiquity|
|Zalial Ice-Blight||unaligned||Strife, Winter||Antiquity|
Views on other Faiths
Primal Spirits – Generally viewed positively, as the oldest Primoridals are themselves primal spirits in a sense.
Thalosian Pantheon – Generally speaking, followers of the Primordials detest the Thalosians and their followers. There are some followers who don’t take such as active dislike to them, though, especially the ones more elemental in nature, such as Teleanor Stormsire.
History of the Primordials
Cranar Red-Blade was a hobgoblin who ascended after the Great War. He was a feared fighter who fought with great strength and ferocity. His troops fought well for they feared him more than their enemies. His flag was a white banner bearing a blood-red sword.
Griel, Lord of Night
Griel was a gnoll charged by the Pale Ones with ridding the Elven Kingdoms of elves, a task at which he excelled. When he hunted and killed an elf, he took a patch of their skin. He weaved these pieces of skin into a magical cloak that allows him to move unseen throughout the woods. To this day, the elves loathe and fear Griel.
Jukuru the Cleaver
During the Great War, no orc distinguished himself in battle more so than Jukuru. His mighty greataxe carved a wide swath through the armies he faced. He is revered for his prowess in battle and his strength. His flag is white with the grey blade of a well-used greataxe.
Kavril the Undying
Kavril is the second son of Jakariel the Claimer. As a god, his province was the destructive forces of nature. Not content with his role, he rejected his father’s creation of Death and created the first Undead – beings not bound by his father’s rules. His undead would enter a village and slay all those within, only to create more Undead from the fresh corpses. The ranks swelled until Kavril commanded an entire army of the Undead, which he used to destroy the Second Empire. Kavril was eventually slain by Madrius Godslayer, but rose again as Undead himself, having succeeded in eluding the Claimer’s grasp. Kavril is worshipped primarily by evil clerics and wizards who covet power over the Undead. His return is universally feared.
Before Kavril’s fall, he had a group of elven followers. When he chose to betray the other Gods, the group splintered into two. One group, the 31 Seregethel (‘Blood Elves’), became his lieutenants during the war. The other group refused to help Kavril or the Gods, and was punished by being denied entry into the Celestial Palaces. They instead are continually reborn, denied any rest in the afterlife.
Kiarn the Razer
Few members of the Lesser Races are as vilified as Kiarn the Razer. Kiarn was a warlord, the leader of a kobold tribe that had distinguished itself by taking several smaller cities. When the forces of the Pale Ones found themselves still unable to take the capital city of Aluinae after a long siege, they left Kiarn in charge of the siege and turned their attentions to the other powerful allied cities. Facing a force composed largely of kobolds, the Empire expected to break the siege quickly and provide a rallying point for their forces.
Using his cunning and his ferocity in battle, Kiarn was able to do what had never been done before – he breached the white walls of Aluinae and sacked the city. Not content with a mere victory, his forces destroyed the most magnificent city ever built. They toppled the majestic white towers and left no building standing when they left. The city of Aluinae was not captured, but completely destroyed.
Milik the Beaded
Milik was a goblin cleric who fought in the Great War. During battles, he sought out the heroes of the opposing army and would engage them in battle. Using his cunning and battle-magic, he would slay the hero. For each such hero, Milik added a bead to the collection he wears in his sparse, wiry hair. Milik slew so many the beads are innumerable. He is revered by goblins and some hobgoblins for his magic, his strength and his cunning.
Netrissa the Dark Mother
There are as many stories about Netrissa the Dark Mother as there are about the Gods themselves. The Night Hags claim she gave birth to their race. This is not difficult to believe since Netrissa has the tall, gaunt shape and skin the color of a dark blue-black bruise common to the Night Hags. The Vajiri claim that Ellirisa the Crone had to cast out the evil that dwelt inside her before she could give birth to the Gods, and that Netrissa is the evil part of Ellirisa’s spirit clothed in flesh.
The Dark Mother is worshipped by many adepts and witches, and is revered by many primitive tribes for her wisdom. They curry her favor by giving her gifts to appease her. She is also revered by the Night Hags.
Unlike most of the Dark Ones, Netrissa has no particular involvement with the Pale Ones and did not fight in the Great War.
Nigrida the Skull-bearer
The bugbears favor the biggest and meanest of their tribes. Nigrida is perhaps the meanest bugbear to ever walk the earth, and for that she is revered by her kin. During the Great War, she fought in several battles the Empire lost decisively. More importantly, she led ambushes against the bands of soldiers traveling to reinforce City-States under siege, preventing supplies and reinforcements from reaching those in need and stopping sieges from being broken. After each ambush she would take mementos of her foes, typically hands and skulls, which she would wear in battle. Her mighty mace was crafted from the skull of one of the Emperor’s chief generals, whom Nigrida slew in an ambush.
Rokiel the Bloody
Rokiel is the embodiment of rage. Large even for a minotaur, his strength is perhaps equaled only by the Sky-Bearer himself. Although he existed well before the Great War, he did fight for the Pale Ones. His fearsome bellows the night before battle would strike fear into the hearts of the enemy and weaken their resolve. The next day, he would lead a charge against the enemy lines and scatter the bodies of his foes across the battlefield. His rage is legendary. He is primarily worshipped by barbarians and primitive, warlike tribes.
Like Netrissa the Dark Mother, Zalial’s origins are lost to time. There are no records that predate his birth, leading some to speculate that he is the embodiment of the force of Winter. Zalial lives somewhere in the Barrier Mountains, occasionally traveling to the foothills to take prisoners for his amusement and for use as food. He sometimes ambushes those traveling through the icy mountain passes, causing small avalanches to bury the travelers or sending fierce winds to drive them off-course and render them hopelessly lost. The term Zalial’s Breath refers to the strong, sudden winds in the snowy mountains that cost so many travelers their lives.
Like Netrissa, Zalial did not fight with the Pale Ones in the Great War. There are several stories of him ambushing forces from either side that trespass on his mountains, and even a story in which he uses his Breath to lead two forces away from the passes into a treacherous valley to fight for his amusement.
These Primordials were killed during the Dawn War against the newly-risen Thalosian gods. They are still revered by some, but unlike the other Primordials, there are few cults associated with them.
Adenedd, the Wind Herald of the Primordials, killed by Teleanor Stormsire.
Gwenowyn, Lady of the Moon – She created both the Moon and the Feywild. She disappeared during the Dawn War; some say she was killed along with other Primoridals while others say she fled deep into the Feywild.
Lughaid, the Sun – His death at the hands of Auroleas Skybearer prompted the Dawn War.
Marwgoel – Patron of Death. He forged the Enaidfynon, the Fountain of Souls where mortal souls are created. Imprisoned within his own citadel, which is now the Claimer’s Hall of Judgment deep within the Shadowfell.
Mornos, the Dark See – Ruler of the oceans. Killed by Teleanor Stormsire.
Nadreth, the Great Serpent – Mother of the world, she is coiled upon herself, with her coils forming the continents. She is not dead; her agreement to enter an eternal slumber led to the end of the Dawn War.