The anaxims did not have a definite form. They were a conglomerate of metallic parts jutting with too many cutting implements and rusted surfaces. While no two anaxims were exactly alike, these creatures were classified in broad types, such as the "hounds" (that looked like dogs) or the "maulers" (that were humanoid in appearance).
Anaxims were mindless creatures, lacking even an animal's basic instincts. They did possess some form of pseudo-consciousness, but it was filled with a murderous intent that made them dangerous to any other lifeforms, including even themselves.
Anaxims were not born naturally, but instead were created by the Storm Spire of the fortress of Glaur. Their lifespans were usually short, and those that weren't killed by other creatures just fell victim to the undiscerning fury of stronger siblings. The ones that survived more than a few months were able to learn some residual cunning, which made them all the more dangerous when encountered.
A few Gontese explorers, as well as members of the Dominion of the Burned, knew how to domesticate anaxims, but due to their lack on intelligence that "training" only lasted at most a day before the anaxim returned to its former beast-like behaviour.
Anaxims were encountered exclusively in the Glaur Barrens, an inhospitable region north of the kingdom of Gontal. There were sections of the ancient fortress of Glaur that were infested with anaxims. Explorers called this the "Dominion of the Mindless".
Anaxims were faulty creations of deities of the forge. Unlike most other abominations, they were carefully constructed instead of spontaneously created out of rage or lust. Yet, their designs still conveyed a sense of apocalyptic intent.
A few unique anaxims had existed for hundreds of years. Some speculated they were actually intelligent although still dangerous to all living beings. Among the known ones were:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Bruce R. Cordell (May 2009). “Gontal: Dominions of Nehu”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #375 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 81.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Andy Collins, Bruce R. Cordell (July 2002). Epic Level Handbook. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 158–159. ISBN 0-7869-2658-9.
- ↑ Bruce R. Cordell (May 2009). “Gontal: Dominions of Nehu”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #375 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 77–81.
- ↑ Bruce R. Cordell (May 2009). “Gontal: Dominions of Nehu”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #375 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Bruce R. Cordell & Ed Greenwood (August 2008). “Gontal”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #366 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 51.
- ↑ Bruce R. Cordell (May 2009). “Gontal: Dominions of Nehu”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #375 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 83.