Ok, I need lore junkies ;p While running quests in Obol Plains (second overland zone of the expansion), I stumbled upon 2 followers of Drinal and I told them that the problem in Ethernere is due to the fact that Drinal cannot absor the essence of the 2 gods that died, Rallos Zek and Cazic Thule (first occurence is in the quest Religious Studies, dialog is there). I, mere mortal from EQ2, know that Rallos Zek and Cazic Thule died, fact that is not known to Venox Tarkog (former dismal rage priest) nor Duskrender (lujien follower of Drinal) who are both inhabitants of the plane. I did not finish the quests within the first overland zone (Eidolon Jungle) as I had gated myself at one point, so I don't know if we learn more towards the end of the zone but still, the problem remains. It seems that I was sent to Ethernere to deal with the power overload of the plane due to the death of 2 gods. As far as I know, only Zek died in EQ2, but Cazic only died in EQ, which is an alternate universe as said in Skyshrine. So why is Cazic dead in EQ2 Ethernere? Is the same Ethernere common to the 2 alternate universes? It "could" be, but there's another problem within the Ethernere lore: All mortals go to the divine plane of Drinal (Ethernere) when they die. The problem is that, when the gods left, the other divine planes couldn't be accessed anymore by the souls of the departed and so they had to stay in Ethernere. When the gods returned, the souls remained trapped in Ethernere (no explanation there). All those new souls trapped in Ethernere for 200 years added a lot of power to Drinal who has gone from sub-deity to full deity. So now, if Ethernere was common to EQ and EQ2, the souls would have been able to reach the divine planes. If the souls were barred due to the gods absence, then EQ and EQ2 do not share the same Ethernere, so Cazic Thule shouldn't be dead in EQ2's Ethernere. What do you think?