And thus, Arah was built, sector by sector, in honor of the gods. It rose into the clouds and sank deep into the ground.
The people of Orr decorated it with gold and gems befitting the gods who protected them.
The gods were pleased, and so it came to pass that the gods came to Orr and made it their home.
With the gods came artifacts, relics, and secret knowledge, and the gods wished for a safe place to store these treasures.
Abaddon—god of secrets, knowledge, and magic—designed a set of reliquaries to hold these priceless items. As a gift, he gave one to each of the other gods and created his own as the centerpiece.
These reliquaries he connected on a magical grid that illuminated them all. Thus, he kept thieves and defilers at bay.
— Parable of Abaddon
Abaddon was one of the Six Human Gods, a fallen predecessor of Kormir. He was the God of Knowledge and Water, titled Keeper of Secrets and Lord of the Everlasting Depths, and associated with the watery depths, knowledge, and magic. He was succeeded by Kormir, while Lyssa had later adopted dominion over water.
Abaddon is notable for warring against the other five gods when they were compelled to seal magic back in the Bloodstone they had released it from. Eventually, Abaddon and his followers, the Margonites, were cast out of Tyria, into the Realm of Torment, a realm within the Mists which would act as his prison, as his power could not be destroyed. Afterwards, the gods erased almost all knowledge of the fallen god, and departed the world of Tyria in an event known as the Exodus, which the Mouvelian Calendar is based on. The Forgotten race would then stand watch over Abaddon's prison.
Over a thousand years later, in 1075 AE, the maddened god was close to breaking free from his prison, a plan which was undone by the Order of the Sunspears and Order of Whispers in Elona – Abaddon was finally destroyed for good while Spearmarshal Kormir absorbed his power, becoming the Goddess of Truth, and preventing Abaddon's former power from running rampant.
Prior to his final defeat, Abaddon was responsible for many disasters which plagued Tyria, including the Searing of Ascalon, the Cataclysm of Orr and the Jade Wind of Cantha, as well as many tragedies which occured indirectly as a result of those events, such as occupation of Kryta by the White Mantle and their mursaat overlords, which led to the Krytan civil war. Abaddon created strife against and within the human race for many centuries, manipulating the Charr in their invasion of northern human kingdoms of Ascalon, Kryta and Orr, and ultimately causing civil war in Elona which, aided by his humanborn worshippers, nearly resulted in his release. The other deposed human god, Dhuum, and the evil half-brother of Balthazar, Menzies, also aided Abaddon in his efforts on almost all fronts, and especially in the Mists. Since his attempted return, known from prophecy as the Nightfall, and ultimate death, nothing has been heard of Abaddon's followers or allies.
Like the other gods, Abaddon's origins are shrouded in mystery. According to the Margonite Apostate, Abaddon gained his power from an older, deposed god. Like other human gods, he also had a temple in Orr, the Cathedral of Hidden Depths, which now lies sunken in the Straits of Devastation.
And so it came to pass that Jadoth, being persecuted by the horrific Forgotten armies, and hounded from his home, did seek refuge among the cooling mists of the Crystal Sea. Untold weeks passed as Jadoth huddled in his sanctuary, with nothing to see save the endless ripples of the boundless ocean.
On the 51st day of his exodus, a frightful sight manifested before Jadoth's eyes: the unmistakable shape of Forgotten warships upon the horizon's shimmering edge.
And prayed Jadoth, "Abaddon! Lord of the Everlasting Depths, Keeper of Secrets, open mine eyes and bestow upon me the knowledge of the Abyss that I might smite mine enemies and send them to the watery depths!"
An unsettling silence swept across the waves. The twilight sky shattered and stars streaked down upon the Forgotten armada. The seas boiled and ruptured, and gave birth to a maelstrom from which not even light could escape, and transforming the sky above into a midnight void.
And thus was magic gifted to Jadoth, chosen of Abaddon, the first of the Margonites.
— Scriptures of Abaddon, 1 BE
Among them was Abaddon—once secret-keeper, now betrayer. How you have fallen from the glorious days of old. What passed beyond in the Mists, only you remember.
Abaddon, Abaddon. Your name has been erased from the towers, your cathedral condemned to the sea. Turn your faces away, oh sons and daughters, and let not his gifts tempt you.
— Orrian History Scrolls, The Six, Volume 5—Abaddon: God of Secrets.
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