Locations in the Abyss


Creature Cataloguer
I thought of another theme to exploit. :)

Now, I'm not looking for a list of Abyssal *layers* - we've got that well-established already. (though a notation should be made of where individual layers are described in books)

What I want to see is a notation of *location, location, location!* you know, places that can be found somewhere within the vast plane. You know, a demon lord's fortress, the location of a famous battle, the capital city of a god's realm, etc.

I took the trouble of digging out a few obvious locales from the Planes of Chaos boxed set (IMO, one of the best features of Planescape was the way it fleshed out planar locations...), so the rest of you all can pull up some other stuff from other places, obscure or not-so. :)

The Plain of Infinite Portals (Planes of Chaos, Travelogue, p 10)

Zrintor the Viper Forest (Planes of Chaos, Travelogue, p 13)

Naratyr, the City of the Dead (Planes of Chaos, Travelogue, p 14)

Various Planar Layers: Realm of a Million Eyes, Phantom Plane, Twelvetrees, Blood Tor, Iron Wastes, Lolth's Web (The Demonweb Pits), Smaragd, Gaping Maw, Rotting Plain, Shedaklah, Durao, Sulfanorum, Worm Realm, Woeful Escarand, Yeenoghu's Realm (here unnamed), Prison of the Mad God, Caverns of the Skull (Planes of Chaos, Book of Chaos, p 20-23)

The Plain of Infinite Portals (again; Planes of Chaos, Book of Chaos, p 23-24)

Broken Reach (Planes of Chaos, Book of Chaos, p 25)

The Ship of Chaos (Planes of Chaos, Book of Chaos, p 26)

Azzagrat (Planes of Chaos, Book of Chaos, p 26-28)

Thanatos, the Belly of Death (Planes of Chaos, Book of Chaos, p 29-31)

Plains of Gallenshu (Planes of Chaos, Book of Chaos, p 31-32)

Torremor (Planes of Chaos, Book of Chaos, p 32-33)

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Monster Junkie
Lord's Rook (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Pazuzu)

Athawyn (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

The Blood Dunes (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

Bonepus (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

Deathroot Woods (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

The Demon's Teeth (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

The Drooling Jungle (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

The Flensers (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

The Forever Gash (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

Harrowfen (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

The Hollow Sea (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

Karantis (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

Karugoza (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

Magghat (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

The Red Rapture (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

Scarwood (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

The Spiral of Ugudenk (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

Uanthur (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)

Zoragmelok (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu)


Site name - layer located on - (source)

The Whispering Gates - 348th layer of the Abyss - (Hellbound: The Blood War)

The Fortress of Indifference aka Taelae Mirrimbar - 348th layer of the Abyss - (HtBW)

Carroristo (Tanar'ri fortress) - 499 layer of the Abyss, also named Carroristo - (HtBW)

[Most of the large number of sites in the book are set in Carceri, the Waste, and Gehenna, as these tend to see Blood War battles with a higher frequency than the Abyss and Baator proper]


Creature Cataloguer
i was flipping through that source, and yes i noticed that most of the locations given were in Carceri and Genenna. if i were studying rather than skimming, i might have noticed the above locations. :)


BOZ said:
i was flipping through that source, and yes i noticed that most of the locations given were in Carceri and Genenna. if i were studying rather than skimming, i might have noticed the above locations. :)

I'm almost certain that there are more Abyssal locations peppered throughout the text. I really only skimmed over the portions relating to famous or pivotal battles, and the Abyssal portion of 'Squaring the Circle'.

And I just found some more actually:

Fortress of Gallowshill - Layer 13, Blood Tor (HBtBW) Fortress of a Maralith general, sister to the maralith who died during a specific Baatezu attack, with celestial and yugoloth involvement, as described elsewhere in the text.

Tower of Illssender - Layer 313 (HBtBW). Where the Balor Illssender imprisons a Molydeus, daily dripping acid into its eyes to blind and maim it, but ensures that it stays alive in order for him to continue using the captive Molydeus' axe.


IT: Broken Reach (Planes of Chaos)
IT: Mithrengo (Planes of Chaos)
IT: Raazorforge (In The Abyss)
IT: Styros (Planes of Chaos)
RT: Gallowsgate (ruled by Jaranda)

IT: The Fortress of the Fallen Stair (The Great Modron March)
Si: Lakes of Molten Iron (Manual of the Planes)
Si: Ferrug (Manual of the Planes)

Si: Tower of Chiryn (Well of Worlds)
Planar Path: The Styx

Si: Ship of Chaos (In The Abyss)

LAYER 13: BLOOD TOR (Beshaba and Umberlee's realms; F&A)
Si: Gallowshill, the Fortress of Taramanda (Hellbound)
Much more on Beshaba's realm in Tymora's Luck

LAYER 23: IRON WASTES (Kostchtchie's realm)
(Some info in Throne of Bloodstone and Frostfell)

LAYERS 45, 46 AND 47: AZZAGRAT (TRIPLE REALM) (Graz'zt's realm; For Duty and Deity)

RT: Argent Palace
RT: Zelatar
Si: Zrintor, the Viper Forest
Si: The River of Salt
RT: Samora
Si: The Counting House
Planar path: King's Road

LAYER 66: THE DEMONWEB (Lolth's, Selvetarm's, and Keptolo's realm)
Si: Widow's Walk (Planar Handbook)
(Much more in Q1)
Re: Kiaransali's realm (Dragon #298)
Re: Keptolo's realm (Dragon #298)
Re: Selvetarm's realm (Demihuman Deities)
Si: Gate to aranea caves (Dungeon #84)
Si: Husk party (Dungeon #84)
Si: Countess ullistrin's Resting Place (Dungeon #84)
Si: Render's Den (Dungeon #84)
Si: Yurganthaor's (a nalfeshnee) lair (Dungeon #84)
Si: Temple of Laveth (Dungeon #84)
Si: Doomed Crew (Dungeon #84)
Si: Gate to conquered material world (Dungeon #84)
Si: Abyssal Clock (Dungeon #84)
Si: Demonweb Pits (Dungeon #84)
(Much more in recent Spider Queen novels for FR, I assume)


Creature Cataloguer
since Shade got the first two Demonomicon articles, some notes from Zugg's article:

Shedaklah, the Slime Pits is "situated between two sluggish branches of the River Styx". Two locations therein are noted: The Gasping Crater and Zuggtmoy's Palace.


The Course of the River Styx

Besides the Plain of Infinite Portals (where it runs in trickles near the town of Styros), I have the Styx listed as flowing layer 4, the Grand Abyss, endlessly down the chasm (this may be screed); a tendril of the Styx reaches the fifth layer, Wormblood (according to the 3e Manual of the Planes); into a layer known as the Abyssian Ocean (mentioned in H4, Throne of Bloodstone), where all the water is Styx water. If it flows through Gaping Maw, Demogorgon's layer, it doesn't dominate it. I would also expect it to flow through Blood Tor (Umberlee's realm in layer 13) and Smaragd. The River Styx definitely flows through Durao (number 274 by the Guvners' count), where the tanar'ri armies use the port there to move their ships throughout the other lower planes; it also travels through Thanatos, where it touches both Naratyr and Lachrymosa, the Cauldron of Tears. Corporeal undead are often lashed together to creat grotesque ships used to travel from one city to the other. It taints the mud of Zuggtmoy's realm in Shedaklah, #222, granting it the same terrible power as the river itself. The river How Nai-ho in Feng-Tu, layer 300, is a branch of the Styx.

There are certainly other layers it touches, but that's all the official ones I have written down. The Abyss has many other rivers, such as the River of Salt that flows through the three layers of Graz'zt's realm, the Pyriphlegethon that flows through many of the hotter layers and Thanatos (noted in Throne of Bloodstone, though not by that name), and the River of Worms in Tarnhem's former domain.

LAYER 74: SMARAGD (Merrshaulk and Ramenos' realms)
Re: The Viper Pit (Sseth's realm; P&P)
Re: Merrshaulk's realm (Planes of Chaos)
Re: Ramenos' realm (Planes of Chaos)
Si: The Silent Temple (Planar Handbook)

LAYER 88: THE GAPING MAW (BRINE FLATS) (Demogorgon's realm)
Si: Abysm (Demogorgon's palace)
Planar Path: The Styx

LAYER 89(?): DEMOGORGON'S JUNGLE REALM (H4): Throne of Bloodstone
RT: The City of All Demons

LAYER 113: THANATOS (Orcus' realm, formally Kiaransalee's realm, formerly Orcus' realm)
Si: Desert of Bone Meal (1st edition Manual of the Planes)
Si: Lake of Fire (H4: Throne of Bloodstone)
Planar path: River Pyriphlegethon
Planar path: River Styx
Si: Valley of Crypt Things (H4)
Si: Skeletal Mountain (H4)
RT: City of Liches (H4)
RT: City of the Zombies (H4)
RT: Forbidden Citadel (H4)
Si: Ruins of Orcusgate (H4)
Si: The Great Mazes (H4)
RT: Naratyr, City of the Dead (Planes of Chaos)
Si: Calciniferous Palace (1e Manual of the Planes)
RT: Lachrymosa, the Cauldron of Tears (Planes of Chaos)
RT: City of Straight Curves (H4)
RT: The Bucking City (H4)
RT: The Flickering City (H4)
RT: City of Fire (H4)
RT: City of Ice (H4)

LAYER 222: SHEDAKLAH (THE SLIME PITS) (Jubilex's and Zuggtmoy's realms)
Si: Juiblex's Grasp (Planar Handbook)
Planar Path: River Styx
Si: The Gasping Crater (Demonomicon of Iggwilv)
RT: Zuggtmoy's Palace (Demonomicon of Iggwilv)
Si: The drain, what Fluffy goes down (Castle Greyhawk)

LAYER 300: FENG-TU (Tou Mu and Lu Yueh's realm, 1st edition Manual of the Planes, 1st edition Deities & Demigods - number not official)
RT: Feng-Tu, City of Disease and Madness
Si: Keui-Men-Kuan, Gate of the Demons
Si: How Nai-ho (river)

Si: Illssender's Tower (Hellbound)

LAYER 348: UNNAMED (Formerly Thralhavoc's realm)
Si: Taelec Mirrimbar, the Fortress of Indifference (Tapheon's stronghold; Hellbound)
Si: The Whispering Gates (Hellbound)

LAYER/REALM 377: PLAINS OF GALLENSHU (Armanite realm - Planes of Chaos)
* RT: Blackmane (one of twenty-four stable-towns in the layer)
* RT: Oxblood (also a stable-town)
* RT: Amber
* RT: Basalt
* RT: Boneshard
* RT: Clay
* RT: Cold Iron
* RT: Dark Spring
* RT: Grey Glass
* RT: Jade
* RT: Mageblood
* RT: Maroon
* RT: Obsidian
* RT: Ochre
* RT: Purpure
* RT: Silver Spike
* RT: Steelshank
Si: Ruins of varrangoin civilization

LAYER 400: WOEFUL ESCARAND (nalfeshnee realm)
Si: The Mountain of Woe (PSMC1)
Si: The Pits of Depair ( PSMC1)

IT: Mal Arundak, the City of Confusion (Fallen archon realm; FoE)

LAYER 489: NOISOME VALE (Tarnhem's realm; deserted; Dungeon Builder's Guidebook)
Si: Tarnhem's Manor (Note: Tarnhem is currently allied with his son, the demilich Acererak)
Si: The River of Worms

LAYER 499: CARRORISTO (Hellbound)
Si: The Iron Fortress of Carroristo (Hellbound)

LAYER 503: TORREMOR (LAYER OF FLIES) (Pazrael's realm)
Si: Onstrakker's Nest (Planes of Chaos)
Si: Lord's Rook (Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Pazuzu)

LAYER 600: ENDLESS MAZE (Baphomet's Realm)
Si: Tower of Pale Night
(See also Throne of Bloodstone)

Si: Gateway to Paraelemental Ice (The Inner Planes Sourcebook)

WANDERING LAYER: DEMONWING (Demogorgon's former realm; uncatalogued; A Paladin in Hell)
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