Xoriat, the Realm of Madness, home of the Daelkyr, is beyond description. By merely visiting the plane non-natives risk having their minds shattered at the sight of the chaos. Over 9,000 years ago, Xoriat became coterminous with Eberron, and the continent of Khorvaire was overrun by the daelkyr and their aberrations. This started the Daelkyr War. The daelkyr destroyed the Dhakaani Empire, but were pushed back to Xoriat by the Gatekeepers. Dimensional seals created by the magic of the Gatekeepers, with the help of the dragon Vvaraak, have disturbed Xoriat's orbit, preventing it from becoming coterminous again. Since then, the Gatekeeper druids patrol the seals to Xoriat, making sure that no abominations return to Eberron. However, not all daelkyr were pushed back, and many of them were sealed in Khyber.[1]


Xoriat consists of many stacks of translucent layers, an apparently infinite amount of planes stacked upon one another. Its inhabitants exist on multiple layers simultaneously. Massive, drifting entities too large to notice visitors to the plane; free-floating rivers of milk-white liquid; rains of blue globes falling from unseen heights, only to burst and release horse-sized ticks when they strike another object -- these are typical sights on Xoriat. Gelatinous worms wriggle from layer to layer, wending through tentacled vegetation encrusted with orange moss, all suspended above an amoebic sea.[1][2]

Time on the plane of Xoriat flows differently from time on Eberron. One minute in the Realm of Madness is equal to one hour on the Material Plane.[1]

Since the end of the Daelkyr War, Xoriat has been kept away from Eberron by the magics of the Gatekeeper druids, taught to them by the ancient dragon Vvaraak. However, the magics of the gates have been weakening over the last thousands of years, and it is presumed that Xoriat will return.[1][3] There are those who believe the rituals followed by the Gatekeeper druids does nothing to maintain the seals keeping Xoriat at bay, and that its return is only a matter of time.[4]

Even with Xoriat being kept away from Eberron, it is still reachable via portals, summons, planar shifting, and manifest zones. However, traveling from Xoriat to Eberron, or vice versa, is more difficult than with other planes.[1] Since their exile, there have been many who would plumb the secrets of Xoriat and its daelkyr lords, including Cataclysm Mages[5], the Children of Xoriat[6], the Closed Circle[7], the various Cults of the Dragon Below[1], the dragon Dah'mir[8][9][10], the Gibbering Cults[11], Ketheptis the One-Eyed Crone[12], Messal'thirokktan, agent of the Chamber[5], Mordain the Fleshweaver[1][13], and the Outguard (a branch of the Karrnathi army).[14]



A daelkyr

Manifest ZonesEdit


The Madwood

  • Some theorize that the Madwood forest of Aerenal is a manifest zone of Xoriat, while others think it is simply cursed.[5]
  • There is a small manifest zone to Xoriat in the Nightwood in Karrnath.[14]
  • There are a number of manifest zones to Xoriat in the Shadow Marches. However, the Gatekeeper druids placed dimensional seals at these planar intersections. Even thousands of years later, the Gatekeepers watch these seals in case the agents of Xoriat try to breach the seals. Known dimensional seals in the Shadow Marches include the Aal'drash Seals[5], the Gate of Corruption[16], and Yarkuun Draal[20], though there are sure to be others.

Effects on the Material PlaneEdit


When Xoriat is coterminous, madness pierces through the planar walls. Creatures from Xoriat are able to pass through from Xoriat to the Shadow Marches.[1]


Xoriat’s remoteness has no known impact.[1]



  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 1.12 1.13 1.14 Eberron Campaign Setting. Keith Baker, Bill Slavicsek, and James Wyatt (2004). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3274-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Horrors of the Daelkyr" (October 2006) by Nicholas HerrodDragon Magazine issue 348. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Eberron Campaign Guide. James Wyatt and Keith Baker (2009). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-5099-4.
  4. Faiths of Eberron. Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, Ari Marmell, & C.A. Suleiman (2006). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3934-6.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Explorer's Handbook. David Noonan, Rich Burlew, & Frank Brunner (2005). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3691-6.
  6. City of Stormreach. Keith Baker, Nicolas Logue, James "Grim" Desborough, C.A. Suleiman (2008). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-4803-5.
  7. Sharn: City of Towers. Keith Baker & James Wyatt (2004). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3434-4.
  8. The Binding Stone. Don Bassingthwaite (2005). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3784-X.
  9. The Grieving Tree. Don Bassingthwaite (2006). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3985-0.
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The Planes of Eberron
The 13 Major Planes: Daanvi · Dal Quor · Dolurrh · Fernia · Irian · Kythri · Lamannia · Mabar · Risia · Shavarath · Syrania · Thelanis · Xoriat

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

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