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The Unformed Land is the central tenet of the [[Umbaru]]'s belief system, that the mortal realm is merely a veil for the true reality that is the Unformed Land. It is through the [[Witch Doctor]]s that the Umbaru gain insight into the realm, who can purportedly see and experience it,<ref name = "BoC">''[[Book of Cain]]''</ref> in a state they call the [[Ghost Trance]].<ref name = "Writings"/> They believe that every being senses the Unformed Land, even if they do not know it. It has been demonstrated that (supposedly) being severed from this connection results in excruciating pain.<ref>''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[Ring of Emptiness]]''</ref> It is from this realm that they draw their [[dark magic]].<ref name = "RestoringBalance">2016-11-04, [http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/20324407 Restoring the Balance—Necromancer Overview]. ''Blizzard Entertainment'', accessed on 2016-11-07</ref> According to [[Enkasi]], the Unformed Land is the 'true world,' and Sanctuary is its shadow.<ref name = "D3A5"/>
 
The Unformed Land is the central tenet of the [[Umbaru]]'s belief system, that the mortal realm is merely a veil for the true reality that is the Unformed Land. It is through the [[Witch Doctor]]s that the Umbaru gain insight into the realm, who can purportedly see and experience it,<ref name = "BoC">''[[Book of Cain]]''</ref> in a state they call the [[Ghost Trance]].<ref name = "Writings"/> They believe that every being senses the Unformed Land, even if they do not know it. It has been demonstrated that (supposedly) being severed from this connection results in excruciating pain.<ref>''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[Ring of Emptiness]]''</ref> It is from this realm that they draw their [[dark magic]].<ref name = "RestoringBalance">2016-11-04, [http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/20324407 Restoring the Balance—Necromancer Overview]. ''Blizzard Entertainment'', accessed on 2016-11-07</ref> According to [[Enkasi]], the Unformed Land is the 'true world,' and Sanctuary is its shadow.<ref name = "D3A5"/>
   
According to the Umbaru, gods dwell within this realm, their life force flowing from the Unformed Land into Sanctuary<ref name = "Writings"/> (it has been said that a 'thread' flows from the Unformed Land into all living things).<ref>''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[Lakumba's Ornament]]''</ref> Thus, the Umbaru hold ceremonies involving ritual sacrifice to keep this life force flowing.<ref name = "Writings">''[[Writings of Abd al-Hazir#Entry 13: Witch Doctor|Writings of Abd al-Hazir: Witch Doctor]]''</ref> Among these gods is [[Giyua]], who is said to greet the spirits of the departed once they enter the realm.<ref>''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[Visage of Giyua]]''</ref>
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According to the Umbaru, gods dwell within this realm, their life force flowing from the Unformed Land into Sanctuary. Thus, the Umbaru hold ceremonies involving ritual sacrifice to keep this life force flowing.<ref>''[[Writings of Abd al-Hazir#Entry 13: Witch Doctor|Writings of Abd al-Hazir: Witch Doctor]]''</ref> Among these gods is [[Giyua]], who is said to greet the spirits of the departed once they enter the realm.<ref>''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[Visage of Giyua]]''</ref>
   
 
The gods aside, the denizens of the land are mischievous and drawn to power, always seeking to intrude upon the [[Sanctuary|mortal world]], but fail to stay for long.<ref>''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[Fetish Sycophants]]''</ref> An Umbaru priest once crossed into the realm, but returned as a [[Phantasm]] (and was subsequently slain).<Ref>''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[The Tall Man's Finger]]''</ref> [[Necromancer]]s can tap into the spirit realm, channeling bitter and mischievous spirits into the minds of nearby enemies. The victims are bombarded with the gibbering of the dead, which, indistinguishable from their own thoughts, urge them to strike at friend and foe alike. The discordant wailing of these spirits builds to a crescendo, eventually driving the victim mad.<ref name = "D2M"/>
 
The gods aside, the denizens of the land are mischievous and drawn to power, always seeking to intrude upon the [[Sanctuary|mortal world]], but fail to stay for long.<ref>''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[Fetish Sycophants]]''</ref> An Umbaru priest once crossed into the realm, but returned as a [[Phantasm]] (and was subsequently slain).<Ref>''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[The Tall Man's Finger]]''</ref> [[Necromancer]]s can tap into the spirit realm, channeling bitter and mischievous spirits into the minds of nearby enemies. The victims are bombarded with the gibbering of the dead, which, indistinguishable from their own thoughts, urge them to strike at friend and foe alike. The discordant wailing of these spirits builds to a crescendo, eventually driving the victim mad.<ref name = "D2M"/>
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