As the murder, atrocity, and sin intensified during Man's Fall from Light, the primordial Geomancers began to stir deep beneath the surface of the Hivelands. They tunneled toward the suffering with scores of daemons crowding behind, anxious to harvest and feed. "Across the world, great ruptures arose, like sores upon the land. Those left to quiver in the darkness called them gates to Hell. And Hell, from them, emerged." Rithe the Geomancer burst through a sacrificial shrine and was the first to taste the flesh of Moon Queen's brood, and he was the last to return to the depths of the underworld when food and souls became scarce and the agony had quelled. For many years he feasted on the blood and pain of those who had been taken during the First Corruption. When Maliken Grimm, King of Newerth, fled into the wilderness and began his descent into madness, Rithe and the Geomancers stirred once again.