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Abeir (pronounced: /ɑːɪˈbɪərai-BEER[3] or: /ɑːˈbɪərah-BEER[4]) was the twin planet of Toril,[5] located in the same material plane of its sibling world, but within a "pocket dimension" that was out of synchronicity with Toril.[1][6] Abeir revolved around the same sun of Realmspace, and shared the lunar satellite Selûne and its Tears with Toril.[1] The name of this twin planet means life, vitality, the experience of living, and the cycle of life, depending on the words around it.[7]

Geography[]

Abeir had a steel-colored sky due to the arambar, the residual energy left by the death of the primordial of the same name.[2]

The known continents of Abeir were Shyr, Marranth, Irronther,[8] and Laerakond (at least before it was transferred to Toril),[2] as well as a few archipelagos such as the Cold Strait, the Ice Run, and the Khannath; and a region of which little was known, Lhoraun.[8] Among the known bodies of water of Abeir were the Andol Sea, the Arserpent Sea, the Boiling Sea, the Dun Seas, the Frozen Seas, and the Oshlar Sea.[8]

Like Toril, it also contained an Underdark[6] (known as the Nardark to the local inhabitants).[8]

For a time, Maztica was also part of this world as a consequence of the Spellplague, but this landmass was returned to Toril during the Second Sundering.[9][10][11][12]

Inhabitants[]

Abeir was inhabited primarily by primordials, dragons, dragonborn, dwarves, genasi, halflings, humans, and a few other races that also inhabited Toril.[2][13]

Elves and other fey creatures were almost unheard of on Abeir,[2] although drow were known to inhabit its Underdark.[6]

Abeir was also inhabited by abominations and other aberrant creatures from the Far Realm, most of them the original inhabitants of Abeir-Toril.[14]

Languages[]

The people of Abeir primarily spoke the languages of Thorass and Aklave.[15]

Magic[]

Magic manifested differently on Abeir than in Toril, as there was no Weave and no normal way to contact any gods,[16] as gods were wary about this world.[17] Likewise, Planar magic (or at least planar magic that depended on the Nine Hells), such as that granted to warlocks by a pact, also worked differently and was more difficult to use than on Toril.[16]

The only magic that worked normally on Abeir was that a creature could create on its own, such as the inherent elemental magic a primordial had in its body or a dragon's breath.[16] Sorcerers, especially those of a draconic bloodline, were common among dragonborn.[18] Swordmages, on the other hand, were common among the genasi of Shyr.[19][20]

Magic items also worked normally on Abeir, and Abeiran dragons usually scavenged primordial corpses in order to create powerful artifacts from their remains, such as the Breath of Petron.[16]

Psionics were also a type of magic that could be used on this world, however this kind of magic seemed to be as uncommon on Abeir as it was on Toril.[21]

Creating artificial portals to Abeir was nearly impossible,[22] but a few natural portals connected Abeir and Toril.[6]

History[]

After Ao sundered the world of Abeir-Toril, splitting it into the two twin planets, Abeir and Toril, he gave Abeir to the few primordials who survived the Dawn War to rule.[2][23] Those primordials were tired of war and were unable to overcome their dragon steeds when those rebelled against them, starting the conflict known as the War of Fang and Talon.[24] After the war the few primordials who survived retreated into hiding and fell silent, and only a handful of dragon lords survived. Not long after, a mighty dragon called Gorloun founded the first dragon empire, and soon rival draconic realms sprang up thereafter, and the long Rule of Dragons began.[2] In the lands of the eastern continent Shyr, the despotic primordial Karshimis also created his own nation.[25]

These nations quarreled each other for ages, but draconic rule remained nearly unchallenged until the Blue Breath of Change, when both worlds merged for a certain time.[2][23] Laerakond and other regions of Abeir were transported to Toril, and the fate of the remaining nations on the world of Abeir became a mystery to Faerûnian sages.[2]

Appendix[]

Notes[]

  1. It can be assumed Abeir share the same basic characteristics of Toril, as both are twin planets.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rob Heinsoo, Logan Bonner, Robert J. Schwalb (September 2008). Forgotten Realms Player's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 154. ISBN 978-0-7869-4929-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 200. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  3. Ed Greenwood, Jeff Grubb (August 1987). “Cyclopedia of the Realms”. In Karen S. Martin ed. Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (TSR, Inc.), p. 19. ISBN 0-88038-472-7.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  5. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Richard Baker (August 12th, 2008). The one and only "Ask the Realms authors/designers thread" 4. Retrieved on January 29th, 2017.
  7. Ed Greenwood (30). @TheEdVerse on Twitter.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Ed Greenwood. A Conversation With Elminster About Abeir - Youtube. Retrieved on May 15th, 2024.
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  11. Mike Mearls, et al. (November 2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. Edited by Jeremy Crawford, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 115. ISBN 978-0786966011.
  12. Matthew Sernett (2016-12-15). Lore You Should Know: Tabaxi vs. tabaxi (Web). In John Houlihan, Shauna Narciso eds. Dragon+ #11. Wizards of the Coast. p. 16. Retrieved on 2018-05-23.
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  14. Bruce R. Cordell (October 2007). Stardeep. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 54–56. ISBN 978-0-7869-4338-8.
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  17. Erin M. Evans (2016). The Devil You Know. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 355. ISBN 978-0786965946.
  18. Chris Tulach (September 2009). “Adventurers of the Realms: Displaced Lands and Dire Frontiers”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #379 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 73.
  19. Chris Tulach (September 2009). “Adventurers of the Realms: Displaced Lands and Dire Frontiers”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #379 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 69–70.
  20. Rob Heinsoo, Logan Bonner, Robert J. Schwalb (September 2008). Forgotten Realms Player's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 42. ISBN 978-0-7869-4929-8.
  21. Ari Marmell, Robert J. Schwalb (August 2010). Psionic Power. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 110. ISBN 978-0-7869-5560-2.
  22. Erin M. Evans (2016). The Devil You Know. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 261. ISBN 978-0786965946.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
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Connections[]

The SunThe SunAnadiaAnadiaColiarColiarTorilTorilKarpriKarpriChandosChandosGlythGlythGardenGardenH'CathaH'CathaRealmspace-2e-crop
The sunAnadiaColiarToril/Abeir (SelûneTears of Selûne)KarpriChandosGlythGardenH'Catha
Comets: K'ThoutekKing-Killer Star
Nebulae: Galleon NebulaColor Spray Nebula
Far Realm-infested stars: AcamarCaiphonDelbanGibbethHadarKhiradNihalZhudun
Other astronomical bodies: Caer WindlauerSkull of the VoidSargassos
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