Dismal Caverns was an Astral dominion[2] in the World Axis cosmology model. Prior to the Spellplague it was known as Deep Caverns in the World Tree cosmology model.[4] It was the home plane of the Great Mother, Ilsensine, Laogzed,[5] and Ghaunadaur.[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

This plane was a great solid mass of rock perforated by caverns, chasms, and tunnels of all sizes. There was no sky and no light[1] except for that given off by luminous fungi and molten lava flows.[3] Portions of the Caverns were subject to swift winds that howled through the maze of tunnels.[1] Mapping the labyrinth of tunnels was completely impossible because within the demesnes of the deities the passageways and walls obeyed their will and could open, close, change direction, or collapse on an infernal whim.[6]

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Dismal Caverns was the afterlife destination of most beholder, illithid, and troglodyte petitioners, and they appeared here much the same as they had in life. Their behavior was also similar as in their former lives and the disparate groups viewed each other with disdain, hatred, or animosity.[1] Oozes, slimes, and abominations of all kinds also gathered here under the lurking eye of Ghaunadaur.[7] The constant howling and particularly desolate and mournful tone of the winds that blew through regions of the Dismal Caverns attracted many howlers from their native Supreme Throne.[1]

Realms[edit | edit source]

The realms of the most powerful inhabitants were widely separated because of the dislike and distrust between their rulers and it was difficult to determine where one domain ended and another began.[1]

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