Chronicles of Neverael
The Realm of Madness is a naturally occurring metaphysical construct which embodies the principles of sapience turned against itself – of reason and logic gone absolutely wrong. It feeds on insanity, madness, irrationality, and fear. It is a highly corruptive force at work in the cosmos but, also, a highly creative force. Madness and genius are sometimes so close together as to be almost the same.
The landscape of the Realm of Madness itself is highly variable but often shapes itself to create maximum isolation and confusion in those who desire to travel its ways. Mazes and labyrinths are recurring motifs in this hellish landscape where the winds themselves whisper dark truths which fray the sanity. Everything about this place seems designed to test the limits of mental endurance and to push mortal beings closer and closer to insanity.
The Lord of this Realm of Madness is a being called The Croatoan. The Croatoan is a foul being who seeks to spread the corrupting effects of madness throughout the cosmos and would eliminate all rational thought from existence. His power is such that he has, in the past, driven other Realm Lords and beings of their caliber mad – such as the King of Thorns. He was defeated by a cadre of Thornchildren some millenia ago – his body destroyed and his mind fragmented further. It took him a little time, but he did reform in a new aspect of madness – his personality changed significantly in the process but his aims remained the same. The Croatoan has become somewhat more eccentric and openly vicious and hostile – a large change when compared to the back-stabbing, conniving, and pragmatic manipulator he once was. Only time will tell how his new attitudes will change the way in which he runs the Realm of Madness.