Realm of Chaos

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A mortals impression of the Realm of Chaos

The Realm of Chaos, also known as the immaterium, the spirit world, the aethyr and the warp, is another dimension - a separate reality from the physical dimension of the Warhammer World which is intrinsically linked to the mortal, material world. It is the source of all magic and within, the physical laws of our universe do not apply.Needs Citation

The nature of the Realm of Chaos

Within the Realm of Chaos, the physical rules of the material world, such as space, time and gravity, do not apply. It is an ever-changing dimension of pure magic that lacks the order and consistency of our universe, and indeed is the source of all magical powers in Warhammer Fantasy. [1a] The Realm of Chaos is home to many Gods, daemons, spirits and other magical entities. At the poles of the Warhammer World, there are permanent rifts to the Realm of Chaos which constantly spew raw magic (the "matter" of that dimension) into our world, warping and changing our reality.Needs Citation

The Elves describe the Realm of Chaos as being separated from the physical world by a "veil". This veil can be weakened in certain magically-saturated places in the world, and at various times (such as geheimensnacht and hexensnacht). It can also be torn asunder creating rifts to the Realm of Chaos through which magical energy, daemons and such can pass.Needs Citation

Even when the veil is strong, however, the thoughts and emotions of mortal creatures can influence the warp, creating eddies and tides in the magical energy. Most mortal creatures have an immortal magical soul within the Realm of Chaos. This soul is typically anchored to their physical body during life, but floats free upon death and is then vulnerable to being preyed upon by malevolent . To avoid their souls being eaten by Slaanesh, the Wood Elves and High Elves bind their souls to the physical world in the form of magical trees (The Weave) and waystones, respectively. Other Elves may pray to Ereth Khial to take their souls, stealing them from Slaanesh. Humans from The Empire pray to Sigmar, Morr and other gods to protect their souls upon death. Particularly powerful souls able to influence the warp to a great degree glow brightly.Needs Citation

The most famous inhabitants of the Realm of Chaos are Gods and Daemons. These entities are a form of coalesced magical energy that has gained consciousness and self awareness. The most famous of these are the Chaos Gods: Khorne, Tzeentch, Nurgle and Slaanesh. Each of these is fuelled by a primal emotion/sensation experienced by mortals. For instance as mortals experience anger, it changes the magical energy of the Realm of Chaos and feeds the God Khorne, who grows stronger. Daemons are best thought of as a fragment of their God, with the more powerful Daemons being larger fragments.Needs Citation

It is important to realise however that not all Gods in Warhammer actually exist in the Realm of Chaos. Some are merely objects in the physical world which are worshipped, such as the Great Maw and the Fire Mouth. Others Gods have entered the physical world in physical bodies and remain here still. Indeed, it is also possible for mortals to cross into the Realm of Chaos physically (ie: their physical mortal bodies enter the other dimension) by travelling through a rift. This is what Chaos Warriors do, returning with their Chaos Armour. In addition, mortals may be "blessed" by the Chaos Gods and actually be transformed into a daemon.

History

In 1460 IC, Marius Hollsecher crossed physically into the Realm of Chaos and returned to write the Liber Malefic. Some who do this may become Gods themselves, such as Sigmar.Needs Citation

Locations

  • Court of Covenant: Neutral territory for the Dark Gods. [1a]
  • Khorne: His domain is mostly formed of blasted wasteland, broken up by lakes of blood, jagged craters and canyons. It is tied to the mood of the Blood God and the level of his rage - when he his most furious, the sky itself screams, the lakes boil and bast clouds of choking ash billow from geysers to incinerate any nearby combatants. [1a]
    • Brass Citadel: A vast jagged walled fortress within a moat of boiling blood. [1a]
      • The Skull Throne: Deep within the central keep is a great vault holding Khorne's throne. Eight iron pillars hold up the ceiling, each inscribed with the commandements of the Blood God. The centre of the room houses the Skull Throne, sitting upon a great mountain of the skulls of champions. A carpet of bone extends from the foot of the throne, the remains of those slain by champions of Khorne. Also in the room is a mighty anvil where weapons and armour are forged for the favoured and the room is constantly patrolled by Karanak. [1a]
  • Nurgle
    • Garden of Blight: A overgrown collection of flora from a thousand worlds and a hundred realities, they are cultivated with great care and pride by Nurgle himself. Many of them are carnivorous and the garden istelf has a form of intelligence with a drive to attack intruders. [1a]
      • Mansion: A gigantic mouldering building vast enough to hold all the oceans of the world. Within is the workshop of Nurgle where he creates new diseases in his iron cauldron, testing them on Poxfulcrum, a daemon able to heal from any infliction. Any plagues that meet with their creators approval are poured into a grate that then falls as rain in the material world. [1a]
  • Slaanesh
    • Circles of Seduction: The realm of the Dark Prince is divided into six rings around the Palace of Pleasure, each formed around a specific seduction. [1a]
      • Palace of Pleasure. Six great hall can be found in the paalce, again devoted to the six deadly seductions of Slaanesh. [1a]
  • Tzeentch
    • Crystal Labyrinth: Immense iridescent plateau, it is said that should it be destroyed, the Realm of Chaos itself would loose cohesion. [1a]
      • Impossible Fortress: Its appearance and reality depends on the beholder but it is in constant flux being somehow bound to the progress of the schemes of Tzeentch. [1a]

Sources


Daemons of Chaos
Units Beast of Nurgle - Bloodbeast - Bloodcrusher - Bloodletter - Bloodthirster - Blood Throne - Changebringer - Chaos Fury - Chariot of Khorne - Chariots of Nurgle - Chariots of Slaanesh - Chariots of Tzeentch - Daemonic Herald - Daemonette - Daemon Prince - Discs of Tzeentch - Exalted Daemon - Exalted Seeker Chariot - Firewyrm of Tzeentch - Fiend of Slaanesh - Flamer of Tzeentch - Flesh Hound - Great Unclean One - Hellflayer - Horror of Tzeentch - Juggernaut of Khorne - Keeper of Secrets - Lord of Change - Nurgling - Palanquin of Nurgle - Plaguebearer - Plague Drones - Plaguerider - Plague Toad - Pleasureseekers - Pox Rider - Screamer of Tzeentch - Seeker of Slaanesh - Skull Cannon - Soul Grinder
Characters Alkhor - Amin'Hrith - Amon 'Chakai - Azazel - Be'lakor - Blue Scribes - Changeling - Epidemius - Hargrim Dreadaxe - Htarken - Ischbak Gatrog Nurgle - Kairos Fateweaver - Karanak - Kelsydra - Ku'gath Plaguefather - Mabrothrax - Mardagg - Masque of Slaanesh - N'Kari - Pox-mother - Skarbrand - Skulltaker - The Blue Scribes - The Changeling - Throttle Gurglespew - Tzara'riador - Tz'arkan - Urlfdaemonkin
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