Xoriat - the Realm of Madness
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Nature: Outer Plane

Alignment: Mildly Evil
Mutability: Highly morphic.
Gravity: No gravity
Magic: Wild magic

Distorted Time: Time on the plane of Xoriat flows differently from time on Eberron. 1 minute in the Realm of Madness is equal to 1 hour on the Material Plane. So, adventurers from Eberron who visit Xoriat for one hour return to Eberron to find that sixty hours have passed.

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Description

Beyond description or comprehension, Xoriat is aptly called the Realm of Madness. Not only do its alien geometry and unspeakable inhabitants seem like the product of a madman’s nightmare, but any who visit Xoriat risk finding their minds shattered by the experience.

Xoriat has been likened to a stack of translucent parchment, an apparently infinite connection of layers and dimensions. Its inhabitants exist on multiple layers simultaneously. Massive, drifting entities too large to notice visitors to the plane; free-floating rivers of milk-white liquid; rains of blue globes falling from unseen heights, only to burst and release horse-sized ticks when they strike another object – such are the madness-inducing features of Xoriat. Gelatinous worms wriggle from layer to layer, wending through tentacled vegetation encrusted with orange moss, all suspended above an amoebic sea. Over this mad realm the daelkyr are absolute masters.

Like Dal Quor, Xoriat’s last time of being coterminous to the Material Plane was a disastrous period of warfare. Over nine thousand years ago, Xoriat became coterminous, and the daelkyr sent their minions into Khorvaire to conquer it. Before the orc and hobgoblin druids known as the Gatekeepers managed to alter Xoriat’s orbit, the mind flayers and lesser minions of the daelkyr had decimated the hobgoblin Empire of Dhakaani. The Gatekeepers’ magic was less cataclysmic than the giants’ attempt to close the connection to Dal Quor, however; Xoriat moved quickly away from its coterminous position but is sure to return one day.

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Interactions

Coterminous: Madness literally bursts forth upon the world. For reasons unknown, the Shadow Marches is somehow “close” to Xoriat, and the natives of the Realm of Madness were able to enter Eberron there during Xoriat’s last coterminous phase. Throughout the Shadow Marches, magic went wild, time flowed strangely, and the daelkyr warped native creatures into monstrous aberrations.

The intervention of the Gatekeepers during Xoriat’s last coterminous phase altered the plane’s orbit, and Xoriat has not been coterminous again since then. Dimensional seals keep the plane away, but various forces seek to break their power so Xoriat can draw near again.

Remote: No known impact upon the Material Plane.

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