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The Hidden Realm was the divine realm of Annam All-Father, the chief deity of the giant pantheon.[1][3][2] In the Great Wheel cosmology, it was located somewhere in the Outlands.[1][3]


The exact location of the Hidden Realm within the Outlands was unknown. No maps existed with any information on the realm's whereabouts.[1] It was speculated that the realm was magically cloaked from detection[1] or located in a demiplane[1][2] connected to the Outlands via a portal.[1]


The realm itself contained a large crystal tower[1][2] atop an enormous mountain. From the tower, Annam observed the workings of the multiverse.[1] The tower contained a great orrery, a model of the planes, the stars, and the planets that simulated their movements perfectly and silently.[1][4]


Annam left his original realm of Gudheim within Jotunheim as a consequence of his pact with Othea to abandon the giants until the glory of Ostoria was restored.[4][5] He established himself in the Outlands for the duration of his exile.[4]

Rumors & Legends[]

It was speculated by some sages that the Hidden Realm, in fact, did not exist. Others argued that the realm itself was the master control of the planes.[1]



  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Jeff Grubb (May 1995). A Player's Primer to the Outlands. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 29. ISBN 0-7869-0121-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 160. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Colin McComb (October 1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc.), p. 175. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 44. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  5. Mike Mearls, et al. (November 2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. Edited by Jeremy Crawford, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 19. ISBN 978-0786966011.


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