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Irian, or the Eternal Dawn is a plane of positive energy. The plane is suffused with positive energy that sustains unusual—though not necessarily good-aligned—forms of life.[1]


A brilliant white sun hangs in a beautiful blue sky, while rivers of liquid glass flow down from mountains of quartz. Deserts made of pure white sand and forests of crystalline growth cover the landscape.[1]


  • Irian is the home of a humanoid race named the lumi, humanoid creatures seemingly composed of light.[1]
  • The lantern archons make Irian their home as well.[1]
  • Creatures such as the ravid fly across the plane of Irian.[1]
  • Irian is also home to the positive energons known as the xag-ya.[1]

Manifest Zones[]

  • There are many manifest zones to Irian on the island of Aerenal, which many believe is what sustains the Undying Court. The City of the Dead is built atop one such manifest zone.[1][2] Some also believe these manifest zones are what make Valenar riding horses so powerful.[3]
  • The small village of Shining Valley in Breland sits next to a manifest zone to Irian, bathing the village in a glow that heals wounds.[4]

Effects on the Material Plane[]

On Eberron, one can be brought back from death as either an undead or as a deathless. Those that are undead are said to have been infused with the essence of Mabar, while the deathless are infused with the powers of Irian. The Undying Court of Aerenal is composed of deathless imbued with energy from Irian.[1][5]

Irian or Irian manifest zones are also responsible for Irian crystals, which can empower healing spells.[1]


In the short period of time when Irian is coterminous with the Material Plane, life blossoms. Days are brighter, colors are vibrant and sensations are more intense. Positive energy spells are enhanced in these times, but the manifestations occur only for the hour surrounding noon. The plane is coterminous for ten days in the month of Eyre.[1]


When Irian is remote, night becomes darker, numbness hangs in the air and spells with positive energy are less powerful. These manifestations occur during the autumn month of Sypheros for ten days.[1]


See Also[]

  • Irian's Light


Keith Baker has suggested on his website that Irian is also a plane of hope, and that it encompasses the concept of beginnings.[6]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Keith Baker, Bill Slavicsek, & James Wyatt (2004). Eberron Campaign Setting. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 96. ISBN 0-7869-3274-0.
  2. James Wyatt, Keith Baker, Luke Johnson, Steven Brown (2006). Player's Guide to Eberron. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 19, 21, 122. ISBN 0-7869-3912-5.
  3. Keith Baker (2005/11/14). Druids of Khorvaire, Part Four. Dragonshards. Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2017/04/30. Retrieved on 2021/06/25.
  4. Bill Slavicsek, David Noonan, and Christopher Perkins (2005). Five Nations. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 67. ISBN 0-7869-3690-8.
  5. Jesse Decker, Matthew Sernett, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, & Keith Baker (2005). Races of Eberron. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 75. ISBN 0-7869-3658-4.
  6. Keith Baker (10/10/2017). Planes of Hope, Peace and Order. Archived from the original on 08/25/2018. "THE ETERNAL DAWN Yesterday I explored the Endless Night. The Eternal Dawn is its opposite in all ways. The Dawn embodies both life and hope. It's the dawn that inevitably overcomes the darkness, the spring that will eventually triumph over even the coldest winter. It is the wellspring of positive energy, which is the foundation of light, life and love. The Eternal Dawn is also filled with layers, but its layers are about beginnings. These include fertile realms untouched by cultivating tools, but also budding towns or new villages, or the capital of an empire in its first days of glory. So: how does such a capital differ from a fortress in the Battleground? How is a virgin woodland any different from something you'd find in the Twilight Forest? The issue is the theme, which is always felt throughout the plane. In the Battleground, you will never escape the presence of war and strife. There are always archons drilling for battle, the scent of blood and smoke in the air, constant preparation for the next struggle. By contrast, the Amaranthine City in the Eternal Dawn is suffused by a sense of optimism and opportunity. There may be guards, but you won't see armies; there may be fortifications, but they don't feel worn and they don't dominate things. The landscapes of the Twilight Forest emphasize the primordial power of nature; in the Eternal Dawn the focus is simply on vibrance and fertility. And yes, the Amaranthine City at the heart of the Dawn shares its name with the city at the core of the Endless Night. It is believed that whenever the Endless Night seizes a fragment of reality, a new seed appears in the Eternal Dawn – a realm that grows as its counterpart in the Night is consumed, ultimately flowing away from the Dawn to fill the vacant space and restore the balance of energy in the wounded plane. The Eternal Dawn is a constant source of hope and positive energy. Its celestials and Lumi rarely intrude directly on other planes, because they don't have to; just as the Gardeners of the Endless Night cultivate despair without ever leaving their plane, the powers of the Dawn promote hope from beyond. With that said, the celestials of the Eternal Dawn are those most likely to help mortals. In Eberron, the celestials of Irian are the spirits that commonly respond to planar ally and similar mystic requests from divine casters tied to the Sovereign Host. Some of these celestials are devoted to the Sovereigns; others are simply happy to answer the call of someone in need. (In my opinion, the Silver Flame usually generates temporary celestials out of the raw energy of the Flame… but there are certainly spirits in Irian who would be glad to support Templars facing forces of darkness.) Here's a few other ways the Eternal Dawn could touch a campaign. While the Dawn rarely intervenes, occasionally one or more Lumi will venture to the material to strike darkness directly. The PCs could encounter a group of vigilantes backed by Lumi. A Lumi could appear and announce that it's here to help the PCs with the darkness that has targeted them… which is a way for a group to discover that they've been targeted by darkness. Do they embrace the Lumi and follow its lead? Or do they think the celestial is crazy? A PC injured by dark magic has a wound that seemingly will never heal. But the Waters of Life in the Amaranthine City can cure any ill; they may be the only hope for the victim. There is a manifest zone tied to the Eternal Dawn between two villages on a national border, and both villages lay claim to this region (which amplifies fertility of both plants and animals). This feud is on the verge of breaking into open conflict… can the PCs resolve the situation? A paladin is presented with a weapon, shield or tool that holds the essence of a celestial from the Dawn. Can they live up to the expectations of the spirit? A planar scholar believes that the power of Irian could restore the Mournland. Will the PCs travel to the Amaranthine City and implore the Dawn Emperor for aid? Assuming the Emperor has the power to direct the restorative powers of the Dawn to this purpose, what will he require?"


The Planes of Eberron
The 13 Major Planes: Daanvi · Dal Quor · Dolurrh · Fernia · Irian · Kythri · Lamannia · Mabar · Risia · Shavarath · Syrania · Thelanis · Xoriat

Fundamental Planes: Astral Plane (Siberys) · Material Plane (Eberron) · Elemental Chaos (Khyber)
Transitive Planes and Demiplanes: Ethereal Plane · Shadow Plane · Baator