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Primals

Primals are god-like beings that exist in the physical realm on Entrath and perform the tasks of creating and maintaining the world.

The Primals shape the continents, flood the oceans, mold the mountains, weave the forests, paint the clouds, and scatter life amongst it all. A Primal exists for every piece of the world: a Primal for trees, another for wind, another for fish, and plants, and dreams, and badgers, and beauty, and fire, and everything else the planet can hold.

Primals do not age and are extraordinarily difficult to kill, but in rare circumstances, they can die. For example, Lycae, the Primal of wolves, sacrificed herself by shattering her own Primal soul and distributed the power into her remaining children, transforming them into enormous, powerful creatures now known as the Great Wolves, each bonded with the lineage of a noble human knight.

Many mortals worship one or more Primals as a deity. Some Primals allow themselves to interact directly with mortals, others prefer to remain aloof.

TITANIA, Queen of the Elven Court

Primal_TitaniaTitania is a Primal who lives amongst the elves and other fey creatures in the Feralroot Woods. She resides in Aryndel Palace, which sits on the shores of the “genesis pool”, where all mortal life originated. She was married to Oberon for hundreds of thousands of years.

Two centuries ago, the Feralroot Woods was under constant assault from Underworld forces. Oberon was faced with a desperate choice: witness the destruction of the surface world, or make some kind of dramatic sacrifice that could possibly save his beloved Wood Folk.

In nearly one million years of life, Oberon had never observed a destructive rampage as the one being perpetrated by the Underworld. Thinking that only an unconventional solution could defeat the enemy, Oberon traveled to the Shadowgrove, the home of a coven of witches. After defeating Hecate, the leader of the coven, she agreed to help Oberon in exchange for her life.

Hecate assured Oberon that she had the capability of transforming Oberon from a mere Primal into a manifestation of Wild Magic itself. As a spirit of pure, raging nature, Oberon would finally have the power to expel the Underworld forces from his beloved woodlands. However, in order to provide the magical energy for a spell of such immense power, Hecate told Oberon that he would have to use the soul energy of an exceedingly rare and formidable creature. Oberon would have to murder a wild dragon and take its soul.

It was a horrific act to contemplate, one that conflicted with the essential nature of a Primal of the Wood Folk, but Oberon decided he had no other choice. Titania begged him not to commit this atrocity, insisting there had to be another way, but Oberon rebuffed her. He convinced himself that the sacrifice of one was justified to prevent the annihilation of the entire woodlands.

Oberon attacked a wild dragon named Tarsiim, a centuries-old beast that had once been Oberon’s friend. In an epic battle, Oberon slew Tarsiim, and used his soul energy to power Hecate’s spell. As promised, Oberon was transformed into a tempest of pure Wild Magic.

Now a fierce and tumultuous spirit of pure Wild Magic energy, Oberon was finally able to scatter the Underworld forces from the Feralroot Woods, at the cost of sacrificing the love of his wife, the trust of the Wild Dragons, and his existence as Primal of the Wood Folk.

Titania continues to serve in her position as Queen of the Elven Court. Though she understands the sacrifice her husband made, the centuries has not dulled her anger at Oberon for Tarsiim’s murder, and she still has yet to forgive her husband for his horrible choice.

KOG’TEPETL, The Mountain God

Primal_KogTepetlKog’Tepetl is the primal of mountains and the highest peak in Quash Ridge, homeland of the orcs.

The orcs worship Kog’Tepetl as their god, and have built their entire civilization around the base of the peak. The orc gladiatorial arena is the center of their culture, where violent bouts between orc combatants, feral monsters, and captured slaves are cheered on by zealous spectators. For the orcs, the arena matches are not only displays of martial skill, but they are also religious rituals dedicated to the glorification of the Mountain God.

The fighting floor of the arena is covered in small holes, and the orcs believe the blood of those that are vanquished in gladiatorial combat drip down into the holes to feed Kog’Tepetl.

An enormous face was built into the face of the mountain, with the mouth serving as a deep cave that holds one of the holiest sites in the orc realm: the Cathedral of Stone and Blood. The five High Clerics that serve as the prophets of the orc god, generally regarded as the wisest and most respected members of orc culture, use this Cathedral as their dwelling. In the center of the Cathedral is a pool of blood, bubbling with magical energy. Any orc who wishes to address a High Cleric must bathe themselves in the blood as a gesture of respect.