It is said that before the beginning, there was nothing. Nothingness itself became mad, and in a particularly violent fit, turned itself completely inside-out. Thusly nothingness brought about all things. Primortal, the diety of oblivion and terror, has often tried to reverse this process to once again bring about utter emptiness.
Primortal is not above terrorizing or devouring even the lowliest mortals simply to feed his insatiable desire for fear and helplessness. He often manifests himself as mish-mashes of various frightening creatures. The majority who survive personal encounters are children - most of whom mature into broken, wretched servants of Primortal himself.