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Primordial Consciousness
Associated With
Heroes Arc Warden minimap icon.png Arc Warden
Factions Radiant
Places Mad Moon
Gods Radinthul
The Wailing One
Resources Runes of Power

The Primordial Consciousness (also known as Primordial Mind,[1] Primordial Origin,[2] or simply the Primordial[3]) is the first mind to exist in the lore of Dota 2, long before creation and existence itself.


It is said to be the progenitor of all creation, at least according to one of its greater fragments.[4] When the universe was created, it was split into many fragments. Three of its greater fragments were known as Radinthul, Diruulth, and Zet. When the Primordial Mind was shattered into Diruulth, Radinthul, and Zet, they existed and fought in a world before the current world. It is unknown what this world is called.[5] Because they all share the same progenitor, Zet sometimes refers to its sibs as its other selves, as if they were one and the same being.[6][7]

The two greater fragments of the Primordial Mind (now known as the Ancients) exist in the Nemesis Stones that once made up the Mad Moon before it was destroyed by the warring Ancients. On the other hand, the power that Zet used to imprison them both was trapped in a stone known as Nemestice, which also dwells in the same moonstuff that once formed the Mad Moon.

An aspect of the Primordial named Zet knows the mystery behind the origins of the Runes of Power. His testament to this knowledge is his ability to create these runes out of thin air.[3]


The lore about the Wailing One sounds very similar to the lore surrounding the entity known as Zet. Although both stories have their differences, they both mention a primordial mind that predated all of existence and was subsequently shattered to witness all of creation. Both stories even mention a great schism.[8][9]


  1. Arc Warden's biography: Before the beginning of all, there existed a presence: a primordial mind, infinite, awesome, and set to inscrutable purpose.
  2. Arc Warden response:▶️ Splinter of the Primordial Origin.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rune Forge description.
  4. Arc Warden response: ▶️ From the Primordial Consciousness all came. Return to it, all must.
  5. The Sundered Moon webcomic, page 6.
  6. Arc Warden response: ▶️ Self unites with Radiant self. For now.
  7. Arc Warden response: ▶️ Self bonds with Dire self. For the moment.
  8. Arc Warden response: ▶️ The Self seeks to end the great schism.
  9. Brewmaster's biography: ...searching for the answer to the ancient spiritual schism. Hoping to think the single thought that will unite the spirit and physical planes again.