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The Abyss (Chinese: 深渊) is a term which refers to four interconnected concepts:

  1. The mysterious region located both beyond[1] and beneath Teyvat,[2] described as an entirely different world from Teyvat.[3]
  2. An entity, apparently the will of the Abyss itself, which has spurred the Abyss Order's goal of overturning Celestia and ravaging Teyvat,[4] and is addressed by the Kitsune Saiguu during her death.[5]
  3. An organization of creatures living in the Abyss and doing the entity's bidding (the Abyss Order).
  4. Creatures that are endemic to the Abyss location, such as Rifthounds.

As a location, it is also known as a "land of endless darkness",[6] and is often described as holding an "unworldly" power.[7][8]

Prolonged exposure to the Abyss can drastically change a person's personality[9] or corrupt their entire being.[3][10]

Overview

It appears that the "unworldly" power of the Abyss is diametrically opposed to Celestial power. It is described as the only kind of power that could dye Morax's stone pillars black,[7] and Durin's poisoned blood, corrupted by abyssal magic, was also capable of poisoning Venti, an Archon, by spreading from Dvalin.[11] Only by visiting the massive oak tree at Windrise, which has a strong connection to Celestia, could Venti expunge the abyssal poison from himself. The rest of Durin's blood is spilt in Dragonspine. It was capable of reviving the Frostbearing Tree, which had been ostensibly killed by Celestia's Skyfrost Nail for several thousand years — previous attempts to revive the tree failed, indicating that Durin's blood had special properties.

Time in the Abyss passes differently than it does in Teyvat; Tartaglia spent three months in there, but returned to a Teyvat that had only seen three days pass since his disappearance.[2] When Takamine finally emerged from the Abyss, a long time had passed on Teyvat and Asase Hibiki was "no longer young" but Takamine seemed to only come back from the cataclysm (Dull eyes stained with dried blood and tears). For those reasons, it is unclear whether this time scale disparity is consistent, or if it can change depending on certain factors.

The Abyss appears to be attracted to — and draws in — those with great ambition, such as Gold and Tartaglia. Those who have personal ties to the Abyss have been known to gain an uncanny ability to wreak havoc and conflict.[2][12]

Denizens of the Abyss appear to use an Enochian-based language, based on the text that can be seen above Abyss Mages' heads when talking to hilichurls and in their Adventurer Handbook description. Abyss Mages also have the ability to manipulate elemental energy without the use of Visions.

Denizens of the Abyss

Element Elite Enemies Normal Bosses Others
Anemo
Anemo
Cryo
Cryo
Cryo Abyss MageCryo Abyss Mage
Dendro
Dendro
Electro
Electro
Electro Abyss MageElectro Abyss Mage
Thundercraven RifthoundThundercraven Rifthound
Thundercraven Rifthound WhelpThundercraven Rifthound Whelp
Abyss Lector: Violet LightningAbyss Lector: Violet Lightning
Geo
Geo
Rockfond RifthoundRockfond Rifthound
Rockfond Rifthound WhelpRockfond Rifthound Whelp
Golden WolflordGolden Wolflord
Hydro
Hydro
Hydro Abyss MageHydro Abyss Mage
Abyss Herald: Wicked TorrentsAbyss Herald: Wicked Torrents
Pyro
Pyro
Pyro Abyss MagePyro Abyss Mage

The following monsters have been affiliated with the Abyss, although they have not necessarily been linked to the Abyss Order:

Abyss Order

The Abyss Order appears to largely be comprised of non-human beings that come from the Abyss and seek to ruin Teyvat as retaliation for the cataclysm 500 years ago. Their members are former citizens of Khaenri'ah who were transformed into monsters through a yet unclear process. For unknown reasons, the Traveler's Sibling has also become the leader of the Abyss Order. They usually conscript Hilichurls to do their work

Story

The Cataclysm

Five hundred years ago, during the cataclysm, the fall of Khaenri'ah's Eclipse Dynasty came at the hands of the gods. It appears that the alchemist Gold, a "great sinner," created an enormous amount of monsters containing otherworldly (and likely Abyssal) power. These monsters proceeded to ravage Teyvat, causing widespread destruction.[8][12] It is unclear whether the gods' attack on Khaenri'ah came before or after Gold's actions, but the two events are inextricably linked. Following the gods' attack on Khaenri'ah, some of the people of Khaenri'ah were transformed into monsters through a curse laid by the gods.[14]

Present

When Tartaglia was fourteen, he ran away from home, and after falling into a deep hole, he found himself in the Abyss. There, he encountered a swordswoman,[2] likely the one named Skirk,[15] who trained him, taught him to navigate the Abyss, and nurtured his ability to raise endless conflict no matter where he went.[2]

Trivia

  • In both English and Chinese, the term "abyss" (Chinese: 深渊 Shēnyuān, lit. "deep abyss"), can refer to a literal bottomless (or unfathomably deep) pit, or used in a figurative sense to refer to a catastrophic or destructive situation.[16][17][18]
  • Of the available Abyss enemies, Heralds and Lectors are the only ones that cannot be found in the overworld apart from specific events.

Change History

Released in Version 1.0

References

  1. Weapon Ascension Material: Bit of Aerosiderite
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Tartaglia, Character Story 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Weapon Ascension Material: Mask of the Kijin
  4. Loading Screen: Abyss Order
    Driven on by the Abyss, they covet the lives of those who live on the surface [...]
  5. Weapon: Hakushin Ring
    "So then, the dark will that gnaws at me..."
  6. Talent Level-Up Material: Shard of a Foul Legacy
  7. 7.0 7.1 Weapon Ascension Material: Piece of Aerosiderite
  8. 8.0 8.1 Weapon Ascension Material: Chunk of Aerosiderite
  9. Tartaglia, Character Story 5
  10. Artifact Set: Shimenawa's Reminiscence, Shaft of Remembrance description
    He will eventually return to me, even if he were to be blinded by splattered blood, or turned into a fierce beast by that dark defilement...
  11. Venti's dialogue in "Let the Wind Lead"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Breeze Amidst the Forest
  13. World Quest: The Moon-Bathed Deep
  14. Archon Quest Chapter I, Act IV: A Soul Set Apart
  15. Tartaglia's Voice-Over: About Skirk
  16. Wiktionary, 深渊
  17. Wiktionary, abyss
  18. Cambridge Dictionary, abyss (see Definition 2)

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