Grakkal's Gate

Grakkal's Gate is a massive hole in the ocean caused by The Pulse. When the four pulses spread across the globe they weakened in strength the further they got from their source in West Eghea. Except for the location where the waves met. The force of the pulses colliding with one another caused an entire island to disappear. All that was left was a gaping hole in the ocean.
 
Grakkal's Gate is incomparable to anything I have seen before. But as much as it fascinates me, it also frightens me. The noise of countless amounts of seawater plummeting into unknown depths is nothing compared to the pull of the currents on our ships. I don't think anyone had a good night's sleep until we had our feet firmly on soil again.
— Excerpt from Grakkal's Gate and Beyond by Jareb Bonavine
 

Mystery and Danger

The stories about Grakkal's Gate are widespread. From its unusual origin, to the mystery of why it never fills up. It even has its own guardian in the form of Grakkal, a huge sea creature that according to some is mere myth, while others claim it to be as real as a Black Shark. What lies at the bottom of Grakkal's Gate remains a mystery, though attempts are being made to find out the truth.
 

Where does the water go?

For thousands of years water has been flowing into the abyss without it ever filling up, or the sea emptying itself into the hole. This has always intrigued the scientific world, and spawned a multitude of theories. Some scholars belief the water flows back into the ocean through underground tunnels. While others speculate that a second world is hidden within the depths of Grakkal's Gate.
 

Dangerous Currents

The region of Grakkal's Gate is notorious for the disappearance of many ships throughout history. No one questions what happened to them though. The currents surrounding the abyss are strong enough to pull any ship that gets too close down into the unknown. That is one of the main reasons why we know so little about this impressive geographical feature.
 
There was nothing we could do. The ship was unrelentlessly pulled towards the abyss. we tried to throw lines towards them but it was too late. As we watched in horror at what was unfolding before our eyes the ship all of a sudden halted. Confused we saw its crew running across the deck. And then they started to move against the currents. Moments later Travo yelled that something was pushing them. And truly, something was. A beast larger than anything I had ever seen before pushed the ship to safety.
— Excerpt from Grakkal's Gate and Beyond by Jareb Bonavine
 

Grakkal

According to mythology Grakkal is a gigantic sea creature that roams the sea around Grakkal's Gate. New reports of sightings surface every few years, with the most recent mere months ago. Scholars are not always convinced that Grakkal is real though. Except for those who claim to have seen it with their own eyes. If he is real he would have to be thousands of years old by now. A recurring theme in all tales surrounding Grakkal is that he appears to be more of a guardian than a dangerous beast. Many stories recall him urging ships away from the dangerous currents of Grakkal's Gate. Perhaps the most trustworthy of those stories was written by Jareb Bonavine in his book Grakkal's Gate and Beyond. In his book he claims Grakkal saved one of his ships when it was stuck in the currents, unable to get back to safety. The discovery of the Dragonfly Islands later in the expedition was of such great importance though that Jareb's encounter with Grakkal never got any public attention.
 

Scientific Expeditions

Ever since sailors returned home with stories about a massive hole in the ocean, scholars and adventurers have been trying to learn more about it. Jareb Bonavine's expedition may be one of the best known from recent times, but people have been fascinated with Grakkal's Gate since humanity recovered from the Pulse. Many ships and their crews have been lost. Dragged into it's depths no doubt. Recently a few teams have been preparing to take a newly discovered technique with them. Something that will allow them to view Grakkal's Gate from a new perspective. This new technique are hot air balloons. The potential for new discoveries excites many scholars.
Type
Abyss
Diameter
approximately 50 - 60 km

The World Beneath

There is no way to know what lies at the bottom of Grakkal's Gate. This has not prevented people from speculating. Below are a few of their theories.
 

Sunken Island

On maps from the Before it seems to be clear. There used to be an island where there is now an enormous hole in the ocean. According to some this island still exists. Only now it rests at the bottom of Grakkal's Gate. The wildest theories even claim that there is still a civilization living on the island far below. Another theory claims that the people living on the island are decendants from the Forgotten.
 

A world within a world

As if the theories about a sunken island are not wild enough some people have to take it one step further. Stories about a second world hidden deep within Ealdwyll have existed for a long time. Often they came to life in an attempt to explain natural events like earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. Due to Grakkal's Gate however these stories have not been forgotten. Over time they have grown into myths and legends of their own. Stories about cities and civilizations living deep below live a life of their own. There are even stories about legendary treasures just waiting to be found.
 

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Grakkal
Myth | Dec 6, 2020


Cover image: Whale by Guillaume Meurice

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9 Dec, 2020 21:42

Amazing article! A quick note before I dive into my comment, I think I caught two typos in the Scientific Expeditions section: scholars is spelled sholars twice.   Now onto the article! I love the mystery surrounding the gate, and the visual of it being guarded by a monster is amazing! I've seen you mentioned several theories about where all the water goes as it flows into the hole, but I was wondering- how come the ocean hasn't emptied itself into it? Is there an infinite supply of water? I'm quite curious as to what the answer is.   The different theories about what lies at the bottom of the gate were also really entertaining to read, I can just imagine some people have crazy conspiracies about the lost Islands the same way we have people who believe Atlantis still exists somewhere beneath the ocean.   Overall I really enjoyed the read, this is an awesome article!!

sending good vibes <3 - Author of Interarcanum and Shakiraverse
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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
10 Dec, 2020 06:31

Thanks for the typo's! That should be fixed now. Thanks also for pointing out one thing I forgot to mention. That is that the ocean level stays pretty much the same. Hence the theories about underground tunnels that bring the water back to the sea. There is no proven scientific explanation though. It is just one of the many mysteries surrounding Grakkal's Gate. Thank you for reading, liking, and commenting!

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
9 Dec, 2020 21:55

Oooh! So much mystery. I can understand why people would risk their lives on a dangerous mission to find out what is at the bottom. Very intriguing response to the prompt.

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
10 Dec, 2020 06:32

Thank you for reading, liking, and commenting! :)

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
Sage Serukis
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
10 Dec, 2020 01:10

Well this just piques my thalassophobia. *screaming face emoji* What an interesting place - I love all the different theories around what lies at the bottom of the gate, and where all the water goes.   I also really love that Grakkal seems to be a benevolent guardian, trying to protect ships from the currents of the gate.   Really great article - so much to think about here! <3

Emy x   Welcome to Etrea!
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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
10 Dec, 2020 06:33

Thank you for reading, liking, and commenting!

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
Yarik
Rafael Martin
11 Dec, 2020 21:08

Your layout is so pretty!! OK for the article itself: You're really good at setting up a mystery in the eary sentences that makes the reader curious :D I was really up to reading why the hole never fills up and was rewarded with a mysteriou sea creature and some very authentic lore. I might also be glad that there was no answer to find here because reading the theorys was way more fun when not knowing the truth yourself. I think I'll save this article so I can come back and read it again if I ever want inspiration on how to write a really good, short, mystery article. Really well done!

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
12 Dec, 2020 15:54

Thank you very much! I do like mystery, and I feel some things don't need to be fully understood. Sometimes not knowing everything is what makes something special. :)

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
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R. Dylon Elder
12 Dec, 2020 20:52

And yet again, an awesome article! I love the foreboding feeling that opening quote leaves. It really sets up the rest of the article.   The concept is really cool. The idea of this bottomless pit is horrifying. I hate the ocean. You add sea monsters and I'm out. Oof.   I also love the theories behind it. The stories that have sprung up around this seem realistic. Even if they are wild. It makes sense for such stories to appear. Keep up the awesome work!

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
13 Dec, 2020 08:43

Thank you so much. :)

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
13 Dec, 2020 09:08

That is one cool place! And guarded by a benevolent creature? Neat!   PS: All your links seem to not have excerpts except for the one for The Pulse. I recommend filling them in to help your readers know what these things you are mentioning are.

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
13 Dec, 2020 09:21

Thank you! I know I really need to make an effort with excerpts. I promise I am going to try. :)

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
24 Dec, 2020 22:56

Thought I'd look at some of your articles, since you did the same for me. <3   This is very cool and makes me think of Niagara Falls a bit. I also love that you include a quote from someone who experienced it. That's such a good idea!!   I am a little confused as to what the sidebar:content panel container on the right is exactly for. It's below the general info and above the related articles containers. Did it not fit anywhere else in the article? Or just simply there for aesthetic reasons?

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
29 Dec, 2020 07:08

Thank you. :) The sidebar is indeed for aesthetic reasons. I usually put smaller parts of text there because it is less wide than the main text. So instead of two lines it becomes four or five lines of text.

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.