Voidal hollows are the direct consequence of large-scale magical calamities upon the material plane, usually as the fallout of an explosion of massive proportions. Best described as the physical projection and manifestation of the Void upon the material plane, it is the incarnation of the Void’s quixotic, chaotic and unpredictable nature, leading to both the pervading presence of voidal taint and nonsensical transmutations, both detrimental to life in its on ways. The skies that hang above a hollow betray all preconceptions of normality: the firmament is replaced by repeating fractals, celestial cycles absent, and an inexplicable darkness pervading with the sky’s dysfunction, a wintry cold.
For all things within a hollow, they are subject to two fates - either outright destroyed or killed, or tainted and transmuted into entities far worse. Flora and fauna that do persist only do so as a cruel imitation of what once was, mutated amalgamations and aberrations, oftentimes warped and melded unrecognisably with material. Material itself is twisted into nonsensical and elaborately geometric constructs with a tendency to feature crystalline qualities, though some are spared with only expected signs of devastation and taint. It is for this same reason that voidal taint lingers in the air in the form of minute particulates leading to coughs and prevalent itching on skin, and prolonged exposure to this taint entails all manners of medical complications such as respiratory diseases, muscle spasms, cognitive inhibition, and in more extreme cases crystalline growth. Death is certain given enough time, and all symptoms only continue to exacerbate with continued exposure.
As a region exposed to the whims of the Void, Hollows also feature Voidal phenomena such as its spawns, with beastial and aggressive terrors commonplace while Horrors are generally rarer, given their elusive and duplicitous natures. Voidal phenomena furthermore manifest here in heightened prominence: mana crystals of titanic scale, voidal reagents, transmutations, manite and so forth, though sparse accounts speak of more obscure materials like void gems in deeper recesses.
Few accounts speak of the epicenter of a voidal hollow, the proverbial ground-zero for all things living given the unparalleled influence of the Void upon this area. Inhospitable and antithetical to the material and thus life, epicenters often tend to be barren yet their environments dynamic, the very laws of reality bent in the whims of chaos whenever it so chooses. Here, flesh is truly grass as all life perishes and succumbs to the throes of death and mutation within seconds. As no two hollows are the same, there exists no universal remedy to these maladies, its nature left to managerial discretion.
Naturally occurring, metaphysical holes into the Void are classified as nodes, and possess qualities similar to hollows albeit much smaller in scale, though this does not necessarily mean they are any less potent. On the contrary, the destruction of a node either happens by itself through sheer chance, or can be triggered by being disrupted through a massive enough force.
A nonmundane and inexplicable event to the common man, the land bewitched by foul voidal taint which wrought such needless destruction- the average descendant would be subject to emotional distress by the calamity, aswell as voidal poisoning.
On The Voidally Attuned
Unequivocally tied to the very nature of a Hollow, the Voidally Attuned suffer little in comparison to other mortals- at least upon the mortal front. The Voidally Attuned would find their spellcasting extremely easy and powerful, yet, erratic and uncontrollably dangerous.
A sight harrowing even for those unbearing of the flame of life, Undead would only be mildly afflicted by the land’s malady of a Hollow.
Akin to the greatest blasphemy, Paladins would find themselves cold and uncertain within a Voidal Hollow. Deeply anxiety inducing and fearful, a seasoned paladin would shiver at the mere thought of a Voidal Hollow- let alone being even near so.
Anathema to a Druid’s mission, their very purpose and existence- Voidal Hollows serve an incurable, soulcrushing reminder of what may happen should they ever fail.
A land twisted and immaterial, Shamans would feel a deep and unsettling paranoia as no spirit would answer their call within such an accursed land.
On Alchemists and Their Creatures
An objection to the world’s binary, the void melded with the material to make a horrific construction of both, would bring a wroth to alchemists, along with pain to their constructs- their practice ineffective within a land unbound by the laws of the material.
The very antithesis of Thanhium, a Voidal Hollow would quickly overwhelm and flood the material, even in great quantities, to violently heat it as mana is converted at a rate faster than it may keep itself together.
Original Hollow Lore
Combustionary's Hollow Expansion