The Elemental Chaos is the raw material
of creation, that from which the universe arose.
Untouched by the stabilizing divine influence that
formed the world into a more or less permanent state,
the Elemental Chaos is a roiling tempest of matter
and energy. At times, areas coalesce into coherent
shapes and terrain, but much of it resembles a stormy
sea of churning destruction. The Chaos is at once the
foundation of the world and the greatest threat to its
existence. By its nature, the Elemental Chaos seeks to
pull the created world into its embrace, and return it
to its component parts.
Most of the inhabitants of the Elemental Chaos
share a primal drive toward entropy. Many are
creative in their own ways, building structures and
civilizations, tearing them down, then beginning
anew. Demons, however, driven by an insatiable
thirst for destruction, seek to draw the entire universe
into the vortex of annihilation that is the Abyss,
No traveler to the Elemental Chaos could mistake it
for any other plane or world in the infinity of existence.
The “ground” might be bare elemental rock,
hardening magma, a smooth sheet of ice or glass, or
a field of jagged crystals or crumbling ash. Above,
mountains of stone drift through the air or float on
currents of lightning, while storm clouds collide with
sheets of flame. Not far away, the ground comes to
an end—a sheer cliff drops into an infinite abyss, or
a river of magma cuts across the landscape. Another
island might drift nearby, perhaps far below or just
above—but sometimes on a collision course. The
resulting cataclysm annihilates both landforms and
creates something entirely new.
The substance of the Elemental Chaos is raw
matter, unworked and unrefined. Air fills most
expanses between masses of elemental material,
making the majority of the plane at least theoretically
hospitable to travelers from the world. In places,
though, air is a hazard—swirling in ceaseless whirlwinds
that grasp and never let go, or flowing as a
liquid, cold enough to freeze fire.