It was at the beginning of the third age of man, memories still fresh of burning homes and rampant plague, when whispers of a new evil started to spread through the realm. Travelers gone missing in the woods and dead animals fanned fears that the Great Cleanse had not eradicated evil after all.
Some in society still secretly held allegiance to the Angels of the Abyss, as they were called by those who followed them. When it was discovered that one of the so-called 'angels' called Abaddon survived the cleanse, they secretly went to work to ensure his survival. However, this plot was discovered and an army was hastily assembled to ambush Abaddon and his followers in the forest where they were hiding.
At the cost of many lives Abaddon, the last of his kind, was defeated. Though, as if evil seeped from his remains into the soil, sickness spread through the forest.
It was many years ago since Abaddon was defeated, but there are some who still worship him in secret. They tend to his remains, practicing elaborate rituals in an effort to return Abaddon to his physical form.
I started working on this about a while ago, but at the time got burned out on it and shelved it for almost a year. I recently came back to it to finish it and I'm happy that I did! I ended up having a lot of fun with this environment and learned quite a bit from it. It was also the first environment I did in my free time that was fully lit with Lumen.
I wrote the top bit of text to give a bit more substance to the idea I had for the environment, some of the names are inspired by real-world mythology and religion, but don't have any connection to what I made.
Feedback/thoughts are of course very welcome!