Banehold, sometimes called the Barrens of Doom and Despair,[1] or Gehenna,[3] particularly in the past, was a sinister plane of existence.


Banehold was one of a number of Outer Planes. It was an inhospitable locale, filled with vast deserts of black sand and huge plains of dark granite. There was no water to be found anywhere on the plane (except for the River of Blood), and no sunlight filled the blood-red sky.[2]


Deities who made their home on this plane included Bane (who previously dwelled on Acheron)[4] Beshaba, Hoar, Loviatar, and Talona. Kuraulyek dwelled in this plane's Underdark.[5]


The Barrens of Doom and Despair consisted of a single infinite plane. There were no constituent layers. It linked via the Astral Plane to the planes of the Prime Material (such as Toril) and a number of portals directly connected it with Hammergrim and the Blood Rift. Beshaba's realm, the Blood Tor, linked directly to the Abyss.[citation needed]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Richard Baker (August 12th, 2008). The one and only "Ask the Realms authors/designers thread" 4. Retrieved on January 8th, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 144. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  3. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 82. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  4. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 36. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  5. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 9. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.