Cocytus was the second layer of Pandemonium. It contained the divine realms of Cyric, Garagos, and Hruggek according to the Great Wheel cosmology.[2][4][5]

Geography[edit | edit source]

The tunnels of Cocytus were slightly narrower and more winding than those of the first layer, Pandesmos, making the winds more intense throughout the layer. The tunnels did not appear natural, but rather seemed to have been manually chiseled. Like all other layers of the plane, Cocytus had no light sources and was completely dark.[3][2][6][7]

The loud winds in the tunnels of Cocytus carried shrill sounds of sorrow and wailing. This peculiar sound earned the layer the nickname "layer of lamentation". As in the other layers, the deafening winds only allowed conversation via shouting, and any intelligible sound, including sound-based spells, only carried over a distance of 10 ft (3 m).[3][2][6]

Geographical Features[edit | edit source]

Like in other layers of Pandemonium, prolonged exposure to the incessant winds of Cocytus could quickly sap an individual's physical disposition and sanity. Without shelter, an exposed creature could develop symptoms of madness within hours.[8]

Rumors & Legends[edit | edit source]

It was rumored that the tunnels of Cocytus were chiseled by an ancient forgotten deity who lost its followers and succumbed to madness before dying and being left to rot in the Astral Plane. Treasures left behind by this entity were rumored to still exist scattered through the layer.[2]

Notable Locations[edit | edit source]

  • Battle Garde, realm of Garagos.[5]
  • Harmonica, a cave system that channeled the winds into a much more intense cacophony. It was rumored to contain the secret of planewalking with no need for spell or device.[3]
  • Howler's Crag, a tall spire at the center of the layer, built upon the grave of a phoenix. The top of the stone pile contained one of the few portals out of Pandemonium,[2] and from there a creature could shout a message that would always reach its intended recipient anywhere in the Great Wheel.[3]
  • Hruggekolohk, realm of Hruggek.[2]
  • The Laughing Mug, an underground inn excavated near Howler's Crag. It was run by Fat Worold, an insane and malnourished human who always talked in questions.[3]
  • The Shattered Castle, realm of Cyric.[4]

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

The vicinity of Howler's Crag was inhabited by a large number of demons who preyed on visitors to the spire.[3]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jeff Grubb (April 1987). “Plane Speaking: Tuning in to the Outer Planes”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #120 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 42–43.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Wolfgang Baur and Lester Smith (1994-07-01). “The Book of Chaos”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Chaos (TSR, Inc), pp. 95–97. ISBN 1560768746.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Jeff Grubb, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan (September 2001). Manual of the Planes 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 96–99. ISBN 0-7869-1850-8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 181. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Eric L. Boyd (1997). Powers and Pantheons. (TSR, Inc), p. 18. ISBN 0-7869-0657-X.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 100. ISBN 0880383992.
  7. Wolfgang Baur and Lester Smith (1994-07-01). “The Travelogue”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Chaos (TSR, Inc), pp. 32–39. ISBN 1560768746.
  8. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 62. ISBN 978-0786965622.

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