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This article contains spoilers for the following products: Cradle of Night

The Forsaken[1] are a mysterious pantheon of vanished evil demigods from the Shadow Plane.[2]

History

After Earthfall, the Forsaken listened to the prayers of the refugees from the Azlanti trading outpost of Calignos and bestowed upon them the artifacts known as the Cradles of Night, eventually reshaping them into the dark folk. The Forsaken initially planned to use the power of their worshippers' souls to escape the Shadow Plane, but before they could do so, they disappeared in an enigmatic calamity. Their fate is unknown; shortly after they vanished, the owbs emerged, and the dark folk switched their worship to these new patrons, in the process mostly forgetting the Forsaken.[3][2]

While the dark folk are no longer capable of calling upon the Forsaken, the owbs can, and successfully contacting a Forsaken turns an owb into an owb prophet, a conduit that can grant spells to clerics on their patron's behalf. However, all owb prophets seek to hoard this deific energy for themselves instead of gladly passing them to their patron, and some of them devise long plans to become independent demigods. If such a plan were to succeed, that owb prophet would become the only active Forsaken in the Great Beyond, but none has reached this goal so far.[4]

Known Forsaken

Traces of Forsaken worship persist, especially in the Shadow Plane and other dark places, but their current state and abilities are not fully understood. Notable among the memorialized Forsaken are:[5]

  • Enkaar, the Malformed Prisoner: Once imprisoned on the Shadow Plane, Enkaar emerged mutated and draped in chains.
  • Eyes That Watch: Little is known of this Forsaken, who appeared only as three cat-like eyes staring from shadows.
  • Grasping Iovett: This Forsaken's figure of heavy black silk shifting between innumerable enticing forms belied a pustular, verminous touch.
  • Husk: Taking the form of a hollow, gap-jointed humanoid, Husk embodied emptiness, loneliness, and narcissism.
  • Lady Razor: This stern Forsaken prohibited acts of kindness or mercy toward relatives.
  • Reshmit of the Heavy Voice: A hulking figure of shadow with a punishing touch and rending voice, Reshmit was a Forsaken embodiment of violence.
  • Thalaphyrr Martyr-Minder: The Forsaken's prisons were guarded by Thalaphyrr, who represented failed heroics and wasted time.

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