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Blood Tor is the 13th layer of the Abyss. It is best known as the home of the evil Faerûnian goddesses Beshaba and Umberlee.[1]

Notable locations and inhabitants[]

The sprawling fortress of Gallowshill is located on this plane. It is commanded by the marilith general Taramanda, who trusts almost nobody to allow entry.[2]

There is a single granite tower on this plane, where Beshaba dwells, and a Red Tower, where the Red Knight lives. The Faerûnian deity Tempus visits both here.[3]

Beshaba's realm is home to both of the black stags that serve as her totem, and bad luck afflicts visitors here. The reddish waters of this realm are home to the evil sea goddess Umberlee.[4]


The plane was first reported to the Fraternity of Order by a cornugon named Twist the Foul. It was once the site of one of the greatest baatezu incursions early in the Blood War. Expeditions to explore it further have been fated with bad luck and misfortune.[5]

Publication history[]

AD&D 2nd edition[]

Blood Tor is first mentioned in the Planescape Campaign Setting, Cosmological Tables (1994) as Beshaba and Umberlee's realm.

It also appears in Planes of Chaos, Book of Chaos (1994), p.20, Planes of Chaos, An Abridged Lexicon of the Abyss (1994), Hellbound: The Blood War, The Dark of the War (1996), p.24, On Hallowed Ground (1996), p.181, and the Forgotten Realms sourcebook Faiths & Avatars (1996), p.42,173.

D&D 3rd edition[]

Blood Tor is listed on Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006), p.156 as the deity Beshaba's realm. It is mentioned in Player's Guide to Faerûn (2004), p.144 as Beshaba's Realm, a separate plane with a portal to the Abyss.

D&D 4th edition[]

Blood Tor is mentioned briefly in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (2008), p.4.

D&D 5th edition[]

Blood Tor has yet to appear in a canonical D&D 5e product.


  1. Faiths & Avatars (1996), p.42,173.
  2. Hellbound: The Blood War, The Dark of the War (1996), p.24.
  3. Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (2008), p.4.
  4. Planes of Chaos, Book of Chaos (1994), p.20.
  5. Planes of Chaos, An Abridged Lexicon of the Abyss (1994).