Nexus

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Nexus:(1) Pre-severing, the sum total of imaginings contained within the Astral/Ethereal Conjunction. (2) Post-severing, the subset of imaginings immediately surrounding the origin. (3) The astral/ethereal prison fabricated by the Severing.

--Astinus the Chronicler
Nexus
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Location: Astral/Ethereal Conjunction
Ownership:  ?
Purpose: prison


The Nexus is a mysterious location likely somewhere linked to each Axial City (e.g. Sigil) that has thus far only be accessible through the Four Doors or Train 88. According to Astinus, the Nexus was once a much larger, more unified location, until an event known as "the Severing" (see below). Currently, the Nexus is split into an "outer", slightly more accessible set of locales (see Outer Nexus below), and an "inner", completely inaccessible set of locales (see Inner Nexus below).

Contents

Location

The "physical" location of the Nexus is unknown. Despite the collective grouping of the locations in both the Outer Nexus and Inner Nexus, it is likely that each location is in itself a separate demiplane. Regardless, all seem to be located at least partially, within the Astral, the Ethereal, or some combination of both. As a result, Nexus, like Sigil, appears to lie within the Astral/Ethereal Conjunction.

The Severing

The severing was the physical and metaphyscial separation of the area around the Tower (i.e. Strahd's Castle) from the remaining Nexus demi-planes. It has been hypothesized that this event was accomplished by Eliath in order to both isolate and imprison anyone within (e.g. Sougad Lawshredder).

Accessibility

Below are highlighted the various means through which portions of the Nexus have been accessed.

Train 88

At least between 30 HR and 33 HR, Train 88 was the primary method to reach the Nexus from Sigil. This access was likely restricted to the Dabus and/or the Lady. Once in the Nexus, Train 88 has likely been the primary mode of transportation between locations or Nexus demiplanes, at least prior to the severing.

In Episode: Barovia Hills Cop, the Azrai traveled on Train 88 from the demiplane of Barovia to Raak-Po. Moreover, during the same episode, the Azrai found a broken track that once lead to Strahd's Castle (i.e. physical evidence of the severing).

In Episode: Eliath's Gambit, Train 88 allowed for travel from the mountain stronghold of Dratsacura and the Lady's Tomb.

Four Doors

The Four Doors have led to various portions of the Nexus.

In Episode: Four Doors, the Azrai opened the Second Door and stepped into the demiplane of Raak-po for the first time.

In Episode: Barovia Hills Cop, the Azrai opened the First Door, better known as Grundelthum's Door, and stepped into the demiplane of Barovia.

SHARD Technology

Eschaton SHARD technology has forced its way into the Nexus on more then one occasion.

In Episode: Shattered Memories, the Eschaton opened a gate from the Well of Souls under the CoAA to the Nexus Bastion of Broken Souls.

In Episode: Assault on Hope, the Eschaton opened a gate from Myth Drannor to the Nexus Armageddon Echo.

In Episode: Eliath's Gambit, the Eschaton were using energy from the Sigil power grid to open gates for Train 88 from the UnderSigil Palo Alto Station to the Nexus cold mountain fortress of Dratsacurra.

Planar Access

Several Githyanki airship captains managed to make the perilous journey through the Astral to the floating Astral island of Rhuun-Khazai, also known as in the Nexus as the Bastion of Broken Souls.

Outer Nexus

Outer Nexus

The Outer Nexus includes all of the demiplanes depicted on the Protean Map excluding the areas immediately surrounding Strahd's Castle (see Inner Nexus below).

Barovia

See Barovia

Raak-Po

See Raak-Po

Bastion of Broken Souls

See Bastion of Broken Souls

Armageddon Echo

Dratsacura

Lady's Tomb

Inner Nexus

Rusted Tower

Midnight Circus

Memento Mori

Temple of Broken Blades

Angel Clock

Harbinger

Cogs

Waxworks

Strahd's Castle