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The Mbwiru Eikura -- roughly translated as The Unformed Lands -- is the foundation upon which the Umbaru Tribes base their belief system.
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The '''Mbwiru Eikura''', roughly translated as "the Unformed Land,"<ref name = "BoC"/> and sometimes called "the Spirit World,"<ref>''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[Umbral Oath]]''</ref> or "the Spirit Realm,"<ref name = "D2M">''[[Diablo II]]'' Manual''</ref> is an otherworldly plane, separate from [[Sanctuary]].
   
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The Unformed Land is analogous to the afterlife of most other belief systems. It is conterminous with physical reality and is the source from which the Umbaru Witch Doctors derive their spiritual powers. Though specifics about this realm are few, it is populated by the deceased; Witch Doctors may contact their ancestors and recently deceased in this realm. Through elixers, powders and discipline, Witch Doctors interact with this world through a state of mind called Ghost Trance.
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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"/>
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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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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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Spirits of the Unformed Land were consumed by [[Malthael]], as he sought to increase his strength. His actions weakened the divide between the Unformed Land and Sanctuary.<ref name = "D3A5">''[[Diablo III]]'', ''[[Act V (Diablo III)|Act V]]'', ''[[Angel of Death]]''</ref>
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==Trivia==
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*This may be the same realm as the [[Plane of the Dead]].
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"You are an impressive warrior, despite your rudimentary beliefs. An unseen land filled with spirits? How droll!"

Abd al-Hazir(src)

The Mbwiru Eikura, roughly translated as "the Unformed Land,"[1] and sometimes called "the Spirit World,"[2] or "the Spirit Realm,"[3] is an otherworldly plane, separate from Sanctuary.

Lore

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 Doctors that the Umbaru gain insight into the realm, who can purportedly see and experience it,[1] in a state they call the Ghost Trance.[4] 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.[5] It is from this realm that they draw their dark magic.[6] According to Enkasi, the Unformed Land is the 'true world,' and Sanctuary is its shadow.[7]

According to the Umbaru, gods dwell within this realm, their life force flowing from the Unformed Land into Sanctuary[4] (it has been said that a 'thread' flows from the Unformed Land into all living things).[8] Thus, the Umbaru hold ceremonies involving ritual sacrifice to keep this life force flowing.[4] Among these gods is Giyua, who is said to greet the spirits of the departed once they enter the realm.[9]

The gods aside, the denizens of the land are mischievous and drawn to power, always seeking to intrude upon the mortal world, but fail to stay for long.[10] An Umbaru priest once crossed into the realm, but returned as a Phantasm (and was subsequently slain).[11] Necromancers 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.[3]

Spirits of the Unformed Land were consumed by Malthael, as he sought to increase his strength. His actions weakened the divide between the Unformed Land and Sanctuary.[7]

Trivia

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Book of Cain
  2. Diablo III, Umbral Oath
  3. 3.0 3.1 Diablo II Manual
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Writings of Abd al-Hazir: Witch Doctor
  5. Diablo III, Ring of Emptiness
  6. 2016-11-04, Restoring the Balance—Necromancer Overview. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-11-07
  7. 7.0 7.1 Diablo III, Act V, Angel of Death
  8. Diablo III, Lakumba's Ornament
  9. Diablo III, Visage of Giyua
  10. Diablo III, Fetish Sycophants
  11. Diablo III, The Tall Man's Finger
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