Tales of Tel'Palurin
The Abyss is a swirling, amorphous vortex of elemental and astral energies revolving around the Rift in Godshield. The influx of energy from the Astral Sea provides a sound medium for the persistence of life in the Abyss, but the leakage of elemental energy through the Rift ensures that anything living in this maelstrom is twisted, deformed, and malevolent. Outside the Godshield, leakage of astral energy from the Rift provides the building blocks for Genasi to appear. At the bottom of the Abyss, Aragmar the Betrayer is chained, sentenced to forever hold the Rift together, preventing the fracture from sundering the Godshield.