Danavas were originally tasked by the gods with policing the forces that shaped the cosmos, but ultimately proved too severe and unflinching. When they went to war with their younger, chaotic cousins, the gods chained the danavas in stasis beneath the waves of endless seas, at the cruxes of worlds (believed by some scholars to be the Maelstrom). Since then, danavas have seldom emerged.
A freed danava attempts to restore balance to the world, whether by raising an elder god, stopping a dangerous discovery, or crushing the hubris of lesser titans, wielding the cold, darkness and pressure of their watery prisons. Others hunt and harvest aeons, who they see as usurpers of their duty. Danavas are single-minded towards their targets and coldly and ruthlessly lay waste to enemies attempting to thwart them, wreaking havoc that becomes the stuff of legends. Once they have accomplished their task, danavas return to the depths until they fade from living memory.
Habitat and society
A nameless danava pillar ruminates over the strange artifacts and deep concentrations of energy within the Negative Energy Plane. This danava's actions could shake the entire Great Beyond, and his destruction might speed up the End Times. Weaker danavas might be found deep in the Negative Energy Plane as well.
The first danavas came to the Positive Energy Plane near the dawn of creation itself, and are reviled by the plane's jyoti natives, who view them as meddling by the gods in a task properly granted to the jyoti themselves. Danava corpses can be seen impaled on the spikes of the Titans' Prison, each slowly incinerating and being drawn back into the prison, trapped in some cycle of punishing reincarnation.
It is possible to reason with a danava if its fury is successfully checked or resisted. Typically, it explains its charge, purpose, and the need for its actions, without looking for pardon or expressing remorse. Danavas see the absolutes of the universe and rarely appreciate nuance.
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