(image by Tony DiTerlizzi, from Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix II)
“Demonweb Pits?” Joris asked, perplexed.
“What exactly does that mean?” Talan added. “Then again, maybe I don’t want you to tell me.”
“It’s the 66th layer of the Abyss, the domain of Lolth,” Haden said.
“66th?” Sheen asked. “How many layers of the Abyss are there?”
“No one knows,” Haden said. “It’s not called the Infinite Layers for nothing. There are as many layers as there are types of evil.”
“The Guvners stopped counting around seven hundred,” Hexla explained.
“If Tulio is here, he’s probably in trouble,” Sheen said grimly. They walked down a sticky tunnel that seemed to have been spun out of layer upon layer of thick webbing. The floor was vaguely tacky and stuck to their boots as they walked. Talan crouched and began examining the webs, gently nudging aside countless tiny spiders that seemed to inhabit them. He began to walk, slowly, the others following. A faint light from somewhere deep within the webbing illuminated the tunnel vaguely. Then it darkened abruptly as a large shape moved above them and vanished into the distance.
“So. Spiders.” Joris said quietly.
“Again,” Talan added.
“Big spiders,” Haden muttered. Sheen groped for his hand and he held on to her tightly. The tunnel soon opened into a vast chamber studded with immense crystal shards that gave it an almost subterranean character. A tower of purple crystal loomed over the path, emitting a low, eerie hum.
“Well, there’s our Crystal Tower,” Haden said. They climbed the short path to the base of the tower. Sheen scratched at the crystal, finding the faint outline of a door with the tips of her claws. She searched, but could not find a mechanism or other device for opening the door.