The Hands that Move the World
Three great armies mass eternally on the barren plains of Shavarath: a celestial host of archons, an infernal regiment of devils, and a swarming horde of demons. Warfare defi nes all aspects of their existence. Alliances come and go—usually involving the devils allying with one or the other of their enemies and then breaking the alliance when the situation changes to their advantage—but
the warfare never ends. Slain soldiers eventually return, usually in a lower form, but the armies of the three forces remain forever in a rough balance.
Fortresses dot the landscape of Shavarath, each one locked in a great siege. Every fortress eventually falls, and they all shift hands many times before finally being reduced to rubble. As one collapses, a new one is built to replace it. Beyond these fortresses, the rocky and barren landscape stretches in all directions, sporadically accentuated by low hills—the only distinguishable terrain anywhere on the plane.
Shavarath has the following traits:
- Alignment: areas vary in alignment by the factions that hold them.
- Enhanced magic: spells that create, enhance, or mimic weapons, and spells that excite hostile emotions, have their duration extended here.
- Impeded magic: Compulsions that calm or pacify hostile creatures, and all charms, have their duration shortened here.
- Archons, the first major faction, supplemented by angels from Daanvi
- Demons, the second major faction
- Devils, the third major faction, different from those found on other planes such as Baator
- Daemons, mostly from Mabar, offering their services as mercenaries, usually to demons or devils
- Whirling blades, unaligned and unthinking flocks of animated blades, fly across the plane at all times
Effects on the Material Plane
When Shavarath draws near, echoes of its endless battles manifest on the Material Plane. In any area embroiled in combat, the enhanced magic and impeded magic traits of Shavarath spill onto the Material Plane. Also, storms of whirling blades are known to appear at the sites of great battles, both past and present, when Shavarath is coterminous.
When Shavarath is remote, no known effects manifest on the Material Plane.