The Abyss (Chinese: 深渊) is a term which refers to four interconnected concepts:
- The mysterious region located both beyond and beneath Teyvat, described as an entirely different world from Teyvat.
- An entity, apparently the will of the Abyss itself, which has spurred the Abyss Order's goal of overturning Celestia and ravaging Teyvat, and is addressed by the Kitsune Saiguu during her death.
- An organization of creatures living in the Abyss and doing the entity's bidding (the Abyss Order).
- Creatures that are endemic to the Abyss location, such as Rifthounds.
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, and Durin's poisoned blood, corrupted by abyssal magic, was also capable of poisoning Venti, an Archon, by spreading from Dvalin. 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. 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.
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
The following monsters have been affiliated with the Abyss, although they have not necessarily been linked to the 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
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. 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.
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, likely the one named Skirk, who trained him, taught him to navigate the Abyss, and nurtured his ability to raise endless conflict no matter where he went.
- 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.
- Of the available Abyss enemies, Heralds and Lectors are the only ones that cannot be found in the overworld apart from specific events.
- Weapon Ascension Material: Bit of Aerosiderite
- Tartaglia, Character Story 4
- Weapon Ascension Material: Mask of the Kijin
- Loading Screen: Abyss Order
Driven on by the Abyss, they covet the lives of those who live on the surface [...]
- Weapon: Hakushin Ring
"So then, the dark will that gnaws at me..."
- Talent Level-Up Material: Shard of a Foul Legacy
- Weapon Ascension Material: Piece of Aerosiderite
- Weapon Ascension Material: Chunk of Aerosiderite
- Tartaglia, Character Story 5
- 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...
- Venti's dialogue in "Let the Wind Lead"
- Breeze Amidst the Forest
- World Quest: The Moon-Bathed Deep
- Archon Quest Chapter I, Act IV: A Soul Set Apart
- Tartaglia's Voice-Over: About Skirk
- Wiktionary, 深渊
- Wiktionary, abyss
- Cambridge Dictionary, abyss (see Definition 2)