The Underworld

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The Underworld of Theros is a subterranean realm beneath the "Rivers that Ring the World", where the dead end up and dwell. It is the equivalent of ancient Greek Hades.

Description[edit | edit source]

Although the Underworld is dark, it is ironically not connected to Nyx, as it lacks the night as much as it lacks the Sun. Its landscape is characterized by huge columns, and giant chains and poplar trees.[1]

The Underworld is governed by the god Erebos, cast into the place by a frightened and paranoid Heliod after his birth.[2] Erebos rules the Underworld with an iron whip. Jealous, tyrannical and paranoid, he creates monsters to guard his realm.[3] Deathless soldiers called phylaskia guard the borders[4], and so does Kunoros, Hound of Athreos. Some souls in the Underworld become twisted and hateful over the course of their afterlife. The most evil and malicious of them also transform into horrible monsters.[5] Many other souls find their memories and identity gradually eroding away, until they become lifeless statues known as misera.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

Thousands of years ago, the gods waged war against the titans, their predecessors. Victorious, the gods sealed the titans in the Underworld. If they would ever be freed, they would inflict unspeakable horrors on Theros.

Locations[edit | edit source]

  • Agonas, in whose arenas honorless fighters are doomed to fight forever.[7]
  • Phylias, a tedious place for ordinary or indifferent souls whose lives were uninspired.[8]
    • The glassy oceans of Nerono.[9]
    • The Mire of Punishment: where those caught attempting to escape the Underworld spend the rest of their existence.[10]
  • Ilysia, a protected realm as tranquil and vibrant as the rest of the Underworld is bleak.[11] Those who die as heroes are permitted to dwell here.
  • The Labyrinth of Memories is a maze of waterways in the Underworld that traps travelers by sending them in circles for eternity. Sirens torment lost souls by whispering true directions -- words that fade immediately from the listener's mind.
  • The bleak realm of Tizerus, outside the palace of Erebos, where all hope crumbles to dust.[12]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Donny Caltrider (January 23, 2020). "Sam Burley Talks About His Theros Beyond Death Lands". Hipsters of the Coast.
  2. The Magic Creative Team (August 21, 2013). "Planeswalker's Guide to Theros". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Erebos, Bleak-Hearted. Reddit (December 30, 2019).
  4. Flavor text for Underworld Sentinel
  5. Woe Strider. Reddit (December 30, 2019).
  6. Flavor text for Final Death
  7. Flavor text for Final Flare
  8. Flavor text for Dreadful Apathy
  9. Flavor text for Memory Drain
  10. Flavor text for Mire's Grasp
  11. Flavor text for Ilysian Caryatid
  12. Flavor text for Fruit of Tizerus and Cling to Dust