Campaign of the Month: February 2016
Rise of the Durnskald
The Outsider is a being of great power that came from another world, although most scholars can’t agree on its exact origin. The most prevalent theories are that The Outsider was a powerful entity from the plane of Limbo or that it was the avatar of one of the consciousnesses that was lost in The Far Realm. The Outsiders origin is ultimately a moot point as it was banished to the Astral Realm at the end of the last age, an act of sacrifice that was made to rid the world of Talus’ physical presence and direct influence.
The Outsider known as “Zetileanisoriumforan (Zetil)” arrived on Varnel during the Age of the Citadel when the cataclysmic Arcadian Meteor impacted with the planet and sealed Talus underground. Zetil was the head of the pantheon of gods and goddesses during the Age of the Citadel; in fact many of the deities that we know of today were established or created by Zetil as a response to increasing danger from the Plane of Shadow. Zetil worship was one of the leading factors that contributed to the utter collapse of civilization when the Age of the Citadel ended, as the followers of Zetil suddenly found themselves without power or patron in an increasingly hostile environment. Zetil’s sudden disappearance hasn’t been fully explained but leading scholars agree that it was likely linked to the destruction of the dimensional keystone that kept The Grand Citadel anchored to this plane.