Eberron Lore – Creation Myth & The Goblin Nation

Eberron Lore – Creation Myth & The Goblin Nation

Hello everybody Jorphdan here the PH is silent
and welcome to Eberron Explained. A new series where I dive into the lore and
history of the Eberron Campaign Setting. Since this is the first episode I feel it’s
always best to start with creation mythology. The beginning of Eberron is fantastic and
magical. It could be how the world and universe of
the Eberron Campaign Setting was created, or it could be a myth believed by the folk
of Eberron. It’s really up to you to decide, which you’ll
learn that Eberron leaves bits of lore and history opened ended for you the Dungeon Master
and player to fill in the blanks. Deciding for yourself, for your table, how
the world of Eberron exists. Or leave it ambiguous because that’s fun
too. One of the important rules for Eberron is
“if there is a place for it in D&D there is a place for it in Eberron;” just perhaps
not how you might think. Let’s get started. To the locals Eberron is known as the Dragon
between. It is the ground under the feet of the people
of Eberron. The beginning of this setting starts with
three mighty dragons, the first dragons that ever existed. These dragons were large god like beings that
had power beyond measure. The three dragons were Kyber, Siberys, and
Eberron. Together these dragons crafted the planes
at the dawn of time, and decided to rest in the space that lies between them. According to the Adventurer’s Guide to Eberron
the three dragons were able to live in peace until the discovery of a mysterious prophecy. I’m not sure what this prophecy is as I
couldn’t find anything other than it was a prophecy but it shook things up. Evil Khyber fought the others to control this
prophecy. Khyber destroyed Siberys who was torn to pieces
and became known as the Dragon Above. A ring of glowing shards that encircles the
world of Eberron. Khyber then fought Eberron who in this combat
realized he could not win. So he wrapped himself around Khyber and trapped
him. Their bodies formed the planet, Khyber became
the world below, a monster filled maze of caverns that fills the planet. Eberron became the surface world, the dragon
between. In the 4e cosmology this was changed slightly. Siberys became the Astral Sea, Eberron the
Prime Material Plane, and Khyber the Elemental Chaos. Remember all things in D&D have a place in
Eberron, so the new 4e mythology was adapted for Eberron. Some like to think of it like this, others
think Eberron is more isolated and that Siberys is the dragon above, a broken ring that encircles
the planet. Eberron the dragon between, the ground we
live upon. And Khyber is more of a reflection of the
Underdark than a place like the Abyss or the Elemental Chaos. Regardless Khyber is where all the fiends,
devils, and strange monsters of the world come from. Eberron is where all the natural species live,
and broken Siberys hangs above; who’s blood is the source of all magic. Eberron has twelve moons and seven continents
surrounded by oceans and a vast underworld. The continents are named (and please forgive
me I couldn’t find a pronunciation guide for this): Aerenal, Argonnessen, Everice,
Frostfell, Khorvaire, Sarlona, and Xen’drik. According to myth the blood of these great
dragons created all the races of Eberron. Life sprang from the dragons’ blood that
spilled in the initial great battle. Siberys created the dragons, Eberron created
humanoids and other “lower races,” and Khyber created the demons of the world. Demons in the sense of terrible monsters not
necessarily the hard D&D definition of a creature native to the Abyss. The early history of Eberron isn’t well
documented. But there were four great ages past after
the creation of the world. First the Age of Dragons, which we talked
about was the three dragons creating life in the Universe during a great battle until
they became the sky, land, and tunnels below. Next is the age of demons. Evil creatures from the depth of Khyber broke
free and overran the world. The dragons who lived on Eberron fought back
with the help of the couatls. Couatls are radiant, winged serpents born
from Siberys’ blood. The Couatls seeing no end to the conflict
sacrificed themselves to bind the 40 greatest demons (known as the dark lords and eventually
known as the Lord of Dust) and imprison them beneath Eberron. Today the Couatls are virtually unknown and
appear only in myth and legend. Next was the age of Giants. The Giants built an advanced society on the
continent of Xen’drik. The giants ruled because there was nothing
more powerful to oppose them. The dragons could have but they were in hiding
researching the prophecy that started the great battle between the three Progenitor
dragons. The giant civilization rose up from the war
between the dragons and demons. They enslaved many of the elves in that region. The elves rebelled with the help of an invading
race known as the Quori. Now the quori are living nightmares from beyond
the world. An extra planar location known as Dal Quor,
the Region of Dreams. It was the aftermath of the fighting with
the quori that the elves, and drow saw their chance to rebel. The giants were prepared to use some cataclysmic
magic to thwart their slaves and the quori but the dragons decided to intervene. They stopped the giants and when they were
done nothing was left of the once-great giant civilization. The ruins of said civilization can still be
found in Xen’drik. The final age was the age of Monsters. After the fall of the giants lesser races
found room to thrive. Elves, Goblins, and Orcs began to develop
larger settlements, even cities. Their cultures blossomed. On Khorvaire, one of the seven continents, a
great goblin civilization arose known as the Dhakaani Empire. It marked the rise of Khorvaire being the
dominant continent in the world. Part of their success was the absorption of
other goblin nations into the Dhakaani Empire. It steadily grew larger and larger, more organized
and powerful. Remember all aspects of D&D are in Eberron
but might not be what you expect. A smart, powerful, organized and thriving
goblin empire is one of them. The Orcs at this time were mostly nomadic,
and the Elves ran from the goblin empire to create their own cities on other continents. In fact the Elves attempted to take Khorvaire
from the goblins but lost a bloody and long war with them. They left back to the continent of Aerenal
defeated. The fall of this goblin empire occurred when
portals were opened to the Realm of Madness. Creatures known as daelkyr came in and just
decimated the goblin cities from within. Where they couldn’t outright kill they sowed
seeds of chaos among goblins leading to a civil war. Eventually the Orc Druids stepped in and were
able to close the portals but the damage had been done to the goblin civilization. A civil war left the Dhakanni Empire in shambles. It was around this time that halfings were
able to start building societies. Until now they had been under the firm thumb
of the goblins and orcs. And that’s where we will end for today. Next time I’ll discuss the rise of Khorvaire
and it’s civilizations. I’m still learning as I go but I super appreciate
you taking this journey with me. Thanks for watching everyone, and thanks so
much to my patrons on patreon that make this videos happen. If you want to support Eberron Explained and
the videos I make here on YouTube consider stopping by and becoming a patron. Every bit really helps me out. Until next week take care everybody.

Comments (60)

  1. Yay Eberron Stuff !!!

  2. I found your channel 3 days ago and I binge watched all of your videos. You are so interesting to listen to! Keep doing good work man!

  3. Hi Jorphdan, love your videos. Can you do one about the history and tribes of Orcs, specifically in Fearun?

  4. Yes! Thank you! Every time I hear about Eberron I get really interested, but I know very little about it

  5. Close, but not quite.

    The way it was told to me the Quori were invading and the Giants just happened to be the first race they came into contact with. The Giants fought back though resulting in a war which culminated in the Giants using a weapon of last resort that sundered the physical connection between Eberron and the Dal Quor. This weapon was last resort for a reason though, because the backlash from using it, whatever it was, was so great that its cost crippled the Giant civilization and their people.

    The Dragons, noticing that their rivals closest in power were now severely vulnerable attacked and laid waste while the Giants were down.

    After that, the Slaves, seeing their masters severely weakened from the damage with the Quori and Dragons both, attacked, freeing themselves and finally spelling the ultimate end to perhaps the most advanced civilization to have ever existed.

  6. Also if you're going to keep rolling with Eberron stuff, I suggest Dragon Marked Houses either next video or the one after that.

  7. I am pumped to see how this season (??) pans out! I'm a big fan of the Eberron setting.
    Cyre will rise again!

  8. So excited for this new series! Love Eberron!

  9. That was cool….this is my first contact with Eberron lorewise. Keep em comimg, lore guy.

  10. Good work, you pronounced them all correctly except "Argonessen"! That should be pronounced with the emphasis on "nessen" rather than "argon". So "argo-nessen". At least according to the creators, way back.

  11. 4th, ugh. I REALLY prefer Tiamat framing their murder of their own sibling on Bahamut, being found out, falling from grace, and finding a kindred spirit in Asmodeus, another 'fallen from grace.'

  12. Can't wait the one on Aerenals, the only elves i really appreciate.

  13. Loving the content! But I think in 5e the changed the moons into planes like the ones of the cosmology, not sure though

  14. Yeeees! Excited for this series. Eberron was the first setting I was introduced to when starting to play DND.

  15. I'm so excited for this series. My group is just now starting an Eberron campaign, their first.

  16. Eberron was my first campaign setting and I've been getting super nostalgic for it. Very excited to see this series! Can't wait for more! 😀

  17. Nice Intro, I think you will be doing this for a little while for this setting 😀

  18. First off Jorphdan I want to say I really appreciate all the work and time that you put into these videos. I know it takes quite a few manhours to put together concise information so thank you for that. Second, I wanted to request that you continue your videos on the Forgotten Realms locations, specifically Faerun.

  19. The hell does “control the prophecy” mean? It’s a prophecy. It controls you, more than anything else

  20. Everice is easy to pronounce when you get what it's supposed to be – ever ice 😉

  21. First time learning about Eberron, can't wait to learn more!

  22. JORPHDAN YES!!!! I'm so excited for this series

  23. Eberron explained yay!

  24. I want to support you on Patreon so bad! But I am saving every dollar for a 3d printer. Love your videos man! Keep it up!

  25. I am so glad you're going to Eberron! Like many others, the Eberron book is making me think about starting an a campaign there, and your videos always make learning about the world interesting!

  26. woooooo learning Eberron along with jorphdan!

  27. yea, been waiting for this for a long while now. please do darksun and greyhawk next.

  28. Excellent. I just started dming an Eberron campaign, this couldn't have come at a better time. Bring on the Sharn lore.

  29. This came out with the release of 3.5. Was the 1st 3.5 setting I used with 3.5. They definitely recreated D&D, but kept it D&D. I just didn't like the idea that the gods are abstract. Like the real world. Philosophical discussion. Ravenloft is BY FAR my favorite setting. I'm a horror freak tho. Cult of the Dragon Below!

  30. We'd once ran a superhero mock campaign. Warforged Warlock was Iron Man..LoL. I don't quite remember the rest.

  31. Guess it depends on which Edition you're playing. As far as Dragon Below being the lower planes. That's another thing I didn't like about it. They changed the entire planar cosmology & homes of gods, fiends, celestials, etc. Didn't like that.

  32. Eberron's kobold lore ties much into creation myth. Kobolds say that they were formed from Protogenitors' shed blood, technically making them the oldest race of Material Plane, not that anyone besides kobolds believes it. However, kobolds are truly divided into two or three subraces, which shapes their unusually high magic capability – Eberron-attuned iredar, or "ones of earth" being attuned to abjuration and conjuration, Khyber-descendant irvhir, or "ones below" being skilled in such vile magic as fear and negative necromancy, and mythical winged irsvern, "ones above", of Siberys are claimed to be a race of natural sorcerers. Despite being tied to closest Eberron gets to absolute evil, neutral and good, they have no specific inclinations towards anything. Sorry if I have tackled the topic bit too early!

  33. It's worth noting that the Draconic Prophecy is deliberately not spelled out in the books. It's a vast, interwoven web, and behaves less like what we think of as a prophecy and more like a vast underlying code of the world. It's stated that a lot of the prophecy is a bunch of if-then statements, and that there are several points in the prophecy that state that if some event happens or doesn't happen, then certain events will follow. I believe there's an example somewhere in the books that says that if King Boranel were to die at some specific point in time, then Breland as a whole would (at the end of that particular web) cease to be a monarchy. So it's less like our standard definition of prophecy and more like how we think of fate, or possibly even a world-code.

  34. Hey Jorphdan – thank you so much for your Forgotten Realms Lore series. It has been so helpful when reading through some of the novels to have this history and timeline available. I've also started re-reading some of the Dragonlance novels – any chance you could also do a Lore series on this as well? Thanks, please keep making these super helpful videos!

  35. This starts my journey to learn about Eberron so I can run some stuff there.

  36. The lords of dust are the minions of the Overlords (you referenced them as the dark lords which I think I’ve seen that but Overlords are generally what they are called)

  37. The elves fled Xen’drik and build a nation on a completely Aerenal, not khorvaire and did not flee the goblin empire but the did attack it until a war with the dragons drew them back to their home land.

  38. The Lords of Dust aren't the same thing as the Overlords – the Lords of Dust work to release the Overlords. Canon, the elves didn't receive help from the quori. There was a giant/quori war (there is argument as to which side started it), but it wasn't initiated by the elves. Elves mainly went to Aerenal, and it was an expansionist movement that went to Khorvaire.

  39. so no more Forgotten realms videos? what a shame . because im reading some FR books right now and thought i would be getting some more lore videos on that setting.

  40. With the new eberron setting I was at a loss with lore. These are fantastic.

  41. Ever-ice, because it's covered in ice?

  42. Goblins always get the craziest cataclysms after building empires. Lol

  43. The creation myth sounds very unrealistic. Why did the dragons turn to stone and completely lose their draconic shape? And why are they dragons anyway? They seem more like gods.

  44. Okay noob here. Are Eberon, Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk, and the like all on the same planet, Teirl? Or are they on different planets/planes from each other?

  45. these are extremly helpful!! we just started an Eborron campain and i have no clue about the lore or that land. looking forward to more of this seires

  46. Thank you for the excellent work Jorphdan! But i still get something about Eberron, is it a planet or other face of The Forgotten Realms or any way i want it?

  47. Are you planning on doing a series on the lore of Greyhawk?

  48. So Eberron is a separate world/planet to faerún?

  49. You mispronounced frostfell

  50. The coatl part is interesting. I think in the Forgotten Realms they are transformed Sarrukhs?

  51. U pronounced all of those perfectly, good job 😀 great video

  52. Any chance of getting more of these Eberron videos? With the sourcebook coming out in a month you could get some good SEO off that heat, also it'd be a good primer for playing in Eberron

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