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Dragon Magazine 332-25
Touched by Madness:
Eberron's Cults of the Dragon Below
Publication Dragon Magazine issue #332
Date June 2005
Publisher Paizo Publishing
Type Game mechanics
Author Keith Baker
Illustrator David Bircham
Pages 39-47
Edition 3rd ed. (3.5)

Invariably, all creatures either embrace or question the divine. Whether some worship the forces of wind, soil, and water, others turn their backs on the world of nature and look for inspiration in strange and disturbing places. Some revere angels or demons, incarnations of ideals that humanity understands, icons of purest nobility and vilest evil. Others look beyond this framework of belief, seeking solace int he truly alien, the raw essence of chaos, and the aberrations that defy natural laws.

The Eberron campaign setting includes a wide ariety of dark forces, but the oldest and perhaps the greatest is Khyber, also known as the Dragon Below. According to legend, the world was formed during a battle between three vast dragons. The dragon Khyber slew his brother Siberys, only to be caught and bound by the dragon Eberron. Today, Eberron is seen as the world itself, and the mother of all natural creatures, while the remains of Siberys float in the heavens above. Trapped below, Khyber is the darkness within the world and the father of all the fiends that reside therein.

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