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Eden, the long forgotten paradise.

I bore witness as the First Ones were cast out and the Garden fell to ruin!
Azrael

Eden is a location featured in Darksiders, and the original homeworld of the race of man.

History[]

Death - The nephilim have no claim to Eden...
Absalom - There are realms for Angels and Demons... why not for us?
Death - Eden belongs to Man.
Absalom - It belongs to those who take it!


Absalom and Death, during their battle

Eden was crafted by the Creator for the habitation of Humanity; a paradise world where the inhabitants could live in tranquil splendor. But when it was bequeathed to the humanity, the ravenous Nephilim attacked. Led by their warlord Absalom, the goal of the Nephilim was nothing less than the total conquest of Eden. If the Third Kingdom had to be ground underfoot to achieve this, then so be it.

Eden was ravaged by war for an unknown period of time, during which countless beings lost their lives in defense of mankind and its newborn home. It wasn’t until the Four Horsemen swore themselves to The Charred Council that the conflict began to turn in favor of the defenders. Led by their eldest brother, Death, the Four Horsemen purged the Nephilim from the fields of Eden, destroying their own race for sake of preserving the great balance.

In the aftermath, mankind was relocated to the world of Earth, and Eden was utterly abandoned. Many of the weapons of mass destruction employed by both sides simply lay rusting where they fell, strewn across the lifeless, tattered remains of mankinds first, true cradle. A host of angels were dispatched from the White City, led by Abaddon, to guard the borders of Eden so that it’s forgotten battlefields may remain undisturbed. At the heart of Eden rests the Tree of Knowledge.

Darksiders Genesis[]

After the slaughter of the Nephilim, Lucifer through means unknown to the Horsemen found his way to the realm by a path obscured supposedly (as stated by Vulgrim) by him and took advantage of the young race. He released one of the Abominations spawned from Absalom's death, the Grinner, into the garden which corrupted Astarte, Abaddon's second in command at the time, which caused many of their subordinates to fall into damnation alongside her. Astarte was further twisted when she made a dark pact with Lucifer: Eden and her soul upon her death, in exchange for freedom from the realm and the power to raise the slaughtered corpses of the fallen Nephilim as undead under her command.

Thus, Lucifer went to work; collecting weapons and artifacts left abandoned on the battlefield surrounding the Garden, and channeling its supremely potent waters into Belial's realm to turn into poison. Once it had been stripped of resources, the realm was to be given to Dagon, who planned to drown it in a monsoon and build his kingdom on top of the ruins. The Horsemen War and Strife were not amused to learn about this development.

Thus the two set to work, slaughtering those who defiled the realm or meant to claim it for their own while laying their dead to rest. In the process, they cut the realm off from the rest of Creation to keep it from being exploited any further by outside forces.

The Abomination Vault[]

After the battle with the Nephilim, the Council was supposed to guard Eden, but they did little to fulfill that obligation, so the Angels stationed soldiers there to make sure it was not disturbed. It was targeted by the construct army of the rogue Maker Belisatra and Hadrimon, her angelic accomplice, in an attempt to recover Abominations from the old battlefield. The attack was thwarted by reinforcements led by Abaddon, though a construct using a Nephilim sword named Affliction took his eye.

Death later arrived to investigate and, upon meeting Azrael, who had led more angelic forces to Eden, was led to the angelic encampment and met with the wounded archangel. He agreed to share information with them but left as soon as he suspected the construct army's true purpose. Later Azazel, perhaps fed up with the realm constantly being threatened, made the executive decision to move it and say it was destroyed.

Darksiders[]

After his fall to darkness Abaddon had Azrael bring him to the tree, what gift he received is unknown but it's implied the tree drove him mad. War was brought to Eden by Azrael to stand before the Tree of Knowledge in hopes of the Tree's gift helping devise a way to defeat the Destroyer. Before that however, War had to purge himself of his accumulated darkness before he was ready to face the tree.

War received a vision that revealed Abaddon's conspiracy, the Destroyer's identity and the Council's treachery. Ultimately it lead to the reforging of the Armageddon Blade.

Chests[]

  • Wrath Shard - When approaching the first staircase, jump off the ledge to the left into the shallow water below. The chest is hiding directly underneath the stairs.
  • Abyssal Armor Piece - Head to the eastern part of the lake area, it is in a cave behind a waterfall.

Trivia[]

  • Contrary to what Azrael says about him sealing the portal and that one may never return after leaving, it is possible to return. To do so, simply go to Leviathan's Drift and head north past where The Stygian was tied up. Put on your Mask of Shadows and use Shadowflight on the geyser that is now visible. Walk forward across the bridge and step into the portal.
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