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Patala is the titanrealm of Depths, embodiment of everything that lives below the surface of the Earth. This realm is almost exclusively composed of deep passages and caverns where entire populations thrive, unaware even of the very concept of Sky and Sun.
Internal Politics and Culture
To foreign eyes, Patala is a chaotic mess, every being seeming to struggle for their survival. But the Realm of Primordial Underneath is actually very well organized, by Nature if not by any form of governance.
Erebus and Erlik both hold the upper ground - not literally of course - over the realm and are its unofficial rulers. Their respective realms are linked to every other Avatar's, even to the great Abzu's. Their combined influences, reaching every cavern or hole, ensure Patala's very integrity as they both represent the core concepts of the nature of what lies below. As such, they come at odds quite often with Dis Pater, as the Titan of Riches is now used to build illuminated underground cities for his population to grow and, worst of all, illuminates the mines he digs. Both behaviors are above Erebus and Erlik's heads…
Dis Pater found his home in this Titanrealm a few millennia ago and is now thriving to exploit its resources. He holds many outposts, entire cities built and carved within the walls of the caverns he colonized. His only serious threat is Crom Cruach, the Lurking Death. He and his fomorians wander in Patala, decaying and killing everything they come close to. Crom Cruach does not have a realm of his own per say, as he and his spawns are rather nomads. Deadly nomads. As the main representative of Death in the realm and by having a foot within Terra as well, Crom Cruach's influence over Patala is regulated through the Terran Cycle, which echoes even in the darkest vastness of the Titanrealm and prevents Crom Cruach from corrupting the entire Titanrealm.
Deep beneath all of them lies Abzu, the Primordial Abyss and deepest part of the titanrealm. An infinite and bottomless underground ocean. No light ever enters his realm and every living being stepping into Abzu's reach is doomed to never see what lies above the surface ever again. Despite being extremely powerful, Abzu is not interested in ruling, expanding or destroying - and that is the main reason Erebus and Erlik remain in control of most of Patala.
Relations and Links
Dis Pater being allied with the Gods, his outposts are friendly lands for any deity visiting the Titan or in need of his services. From there, the Gods can travel throughout the whole Titanrealm, if they can brave the dangers that lurk beyond the relative safety of the Titan of Riches' realm.
Aside from Dis Pater's Realm, there is no presence of the Gods in the Realm of the Depths. A hostile, chaotic realm, it has pushed back every attempt the Gods have made to encroach upon it. The closest divine presence are the Gods' Underworlds, close to the Depths inside the Titanrealm of Death. In particular, Hades and Osiris have audaciously expanded into Patala, explaining some of their incredible wealth, while some say Veles knows secret entrances into the realm and might even be welcome there.
- Abzu, Depths as The Abyss
- Crom Cruach, Depths as Decay
- Dis Pater, Depths as Riches
- Erebus, Depths as Shadows
- Erlik, Depths as Underground