The Abyssals weren't the Neverborn's first attempt at perverting the Solar Exaltations. Their first attempt was an even more extreme inversion of the Exaltations' themes. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on who you ask), this included the tendency toward excellence. While the current Abyssal Exalted show all of a Solar's transcendent skill turned to the cause of death, the Abysmal Exalted's excellence was inverted into mediocrity and incompetence.

The Neverborn quickly decided to go in a different direction.