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Cryonax (pronounced: /ˈkrnɑːksKRY-o-naks[6] Loudspeaker listen) is the Prince of evil cold-using creatures, and one of the inhabitants of the Para-Elemental Plane of Ice.[1][2][3]

DescriptionEdit

He somewhat resembled a yeti with two tentacles in place of each arm. He stood 15 feet (4.6 meters) tall and weighed 2,800 pounds (1,300 kilograms). He radiates an aura of terrible cold, said to chill both the body and soul of those around him.[7][8][3]

DomainEdit

Within his plane Cryonax resides in the Chiseled Estate. A massive ornate fortress constructed of ice, rock crystal, and glass that rises a mile above the surface. It is claimed to be the coldest region in his entire plane, though in reality its frigid temperatures are surpassed by the Mountain of Ultimate Winter.[7][9]

ActivitiesEdit

Cryonax's primary goal is raise the influence of his domain, constantly seeking out territory among the elemental planes to conquer, so that it may one day become a fifth base elemental plane. Though Cryonax is a careful schemer and he has much grander ambitions beyond that, plotting to one day surpass and usurp the other elemental forces of the Inner planes. And beyond that, he strives to one day freeze the entire multiverse.[7][8][10]

He also seeks to unleash the Archdevil Levistus, but for what reason is unknown.[7]

RelationshipsEdit

Unlike the other Evil Archomentals, there is neither a ruler of an opposing elemental force or Good Archomental counterpart actively competing against his interests. The closest thing to the former is Chilimba, but Cryonax does not consider them a credible threat.[8][10]

On his own plane Cryonax is opposed by the Great White Wyrm, Albrathanilar, a potent and cunning wizard.[11] The local immoths and some Ice mephits also oppose Cryonax's rule, mainly through living in isolation, though the latter have been known to aid his enemies.[7][10]

His army consists of ice archons,[12] frost giants, ice crabs, ice mephits, ice paraelementals, ice toads, white dragons, white puddings, winter wolves, and druids who specialize in cold-based magic.[7][13]

HistoryEdit

Rumors & LegendsEdit

One legend claimed that Cryonax was once a demon lord who had tried and failed to conquer the Elemental Chaos.[2]

A djinni in service of a pasha from Calimshan believed that the Ring of Winter had the power to summon Cryonax.[14]

Legend holds that back during the Dawn War, in a battle on a now-forgotten mountain top, Cryonax shattered his teeth upon the armor of the dwarven god Moradin and that jagged primordial shards of this can still be found today.[15]

More recent rumors claim that within the Chiseled Estate lives a coven of enslaved planetouched wizards and priests, many of them either Ice genasi or water genasi, who work tirelessly to develop new forms of ice-based monsters for Cryonax's army.[7][9] Another rumor attached to his fortress is that it draws power from the Negative Energy plane, though for what reason is never stated.[7]

AppendixEdit

AppearancesEdit

Adventures
Tomb of Annihilation (mentioned only)

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Eric Jansing and Kevin Baase (September 2006). “Princes of Elemental Evil - The Archomentals”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #347 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richard Baker, Robert J. Schwalb (February, 2012). Heroes of the Elemental Chaos. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 26. ISBN 78-0-7869-5981-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Don Turnbull (1981). Fiend Folio. (TSR Hobbies), p. 31. ISBN 0-9356-9621-0.
  4. Monte Cook, ed. (1998). Monstrous Compendium Planescape Appendix III. Edited by Michele Carter and Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 16. ISBN 0-7869-0751-7.
  5. Kim Mohan, Miranda Horner eds. (March 2013). “Lords of Chaos: Cryonax”. Dragon #421 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11.
  6. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 26.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Eric Jansing and Kevin Baase (September 2006). “Princes of Elemental Evil - The Archomentals”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #347 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 32.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Monte Cook, ed. (1998). Monstrous Compendium Planescape Appendix III. Edited by Michele Carter and Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 18. ISBN 0-7869-0751-7.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Monte Cook and William W. Connors (December 7, 1998). The Inner Planes. Edited by Michele Carter and Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 73. ISBN 0-7869-0736-3.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Monte Cook and William W. Connors (December 7, 1998). The Inner Planes. Edited by Michele Carter and Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 72. ISBN 0-7869-0736-3.
  11. Monte Cook and William W. Connors (December 7, 1998). The Inner Planes. Edited by Michele Carter and Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 71–72. ISBN 0-7869-0736-3.
  12. Richard Baker, Robert J. Schwalb (February, 2012). Heroes of the Elemental Chaos. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 25. ISBN 78-0-7869-5981-5.
  13. Monte Cook, ed. (1998). Monstrous Compendium Planescape Appendix III. Edited by Michele Carter and Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 10. ISBN 0-7869-0751-7.
  14. Christopher Perkins, Will Doyle, Steve Winter (September 19, 2017). Tomb of Annihilation. Edited by Michele Carter, Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 208. ISBN 978-0-7869-6610-3.
  15. Richard Baker, Robert J. Schwalb (February, 2012). Heroes of the Elemental Chaos. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 156. ISBN 78-0-7869-5981-5.
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