At long last, an expedition I can embark on without fear of certain demise at every corner! Salvation, at last? Perhaps. As it is, several forces and powers would practically salivate at the chance of stopping my addle-coved quest to document taboos and forlorn places. I’m surprised The Mists, as the denizens of Dread call them, haven’t taken me back and rubbed me out of planar existence. Know-how of the Demiplane of Dread is something the best greybeards can speak little on. And, the forces below! The Lower Planes would thrill at the chance of claiming a chronicler, either to enforce their own propaganda or a glorious poaching prize.
But, no matter. That isn’t to say that the Good planes are inherently easy to traverse. No, friends, quite far from it. Shadow wars and clashing ideologies still rear their heads. However, the planars within these realms tend to be more discreet and friendly about it. That isn’t to say that a leather-headed move won’t be costly. Plus, there is an inherent trap within the allure of the Upper Planes. It’s easy to get as lost as one would within the Sylvan Realms. But, matters could always be worse.
Author’s Note: Hmmm, what do I do from here? I was hoping I could wait out isolation by writing tons of blurbs on the Great Wheel? I suppose I could tackle the Inner Planes and bring more ideas to that. Primordium is just the beginning of that, I guess. Also, I always felt like the Upper Planes could use a little more umph in some spots. The Lower Planes are much cooler to adventure in. And to be honest? The Upper Planes need the most improvement, especially the top middle three! Let’s see if I can’t come up with a few cool ideas, huh? Also, don’t mind the many squeezed in references to things… D&D has been guilty of it throughout time.
Law, Chaos, diametrically opposed forces! Is it not splendid? To me, this is the true clash in the end. People speak of the everlasting fight of Good vs. Evil, but just look at The Blood War! It is multiple ideologies of badness competing for supremacy! Simply fascinating! But, of places less outwardly malicious, what of them? Well, I would be happy to pop up this nice bestiary, which can be yours for simply a handful of jink-jink, chummer! – Gilbert Marazmus, Gnome scribe and former ghostwriter
The multiverse as plenty of mysterious forces, the forces of darkness and the light have already been discussed at length. The means of order, disorder and everything in between. These things can be quite concrete but also vague in other areas. Here’s a sampling of monsters that exemplify the planes (and demiplanes) they call home.
Author’s Note: I know everything is taking a long time, I’ll do what I can to get back on track. Recent times haven’t been easy. That said, I hope many of you have found ways to still play from a distance. Even if it’s through a digital space, doing things with people matter. Stay connected and stay cool!
Aye? You’re back now, ‘uh? Well, you got the jink and I got the know how! So you wanna know more about the planetouched, eh clueless? Sorry, since you show a genuine interest in the locals, that makes you much better than most primer berks. Now, what’s a good topic for this time… Ah, the opposite to us Tieflings, the Aasimar!
To the average bubber, you see the brightest and best of goodness and whatever. A whole race of goodie goodies raised on the blood of absolute good! That’s how it works, right? WRONG! Any cutter with enough wits in the old thinkin’ box knows this is never the case. It’s like saying my blood makes me just like the sickly things down below. Nah, plenty of Aasimar are miserable and glum, they are! All that pressure of that goodness stereotype might just make one crack like a cockatrice egg! Of course, some who already went rotten might exploit all the dark on their Radiant Holiness to their benefit. Plenty of jink to be made on suckers, right? *Ahem* Anyway, here’s what you need to know!
Author’s Note: If I do Tieflings, I have to do this too, right!? So, let’s dive right in, shall we? Also, pardon the lateness. I’ll post something good over the weekend, hopefully!
Floating within the bounds of wildspace, one can spot what looks like a whale or an orca. As if through divine power, it glides through the boundless reaches as if it were an oceanic current, all without touching the Phlogiston that so many spelljammers require. However, this isn’t the only place to observe them. Many dwell within the layers of the Beastlands, for they are at home in both the water and the air. Others find ways through their master’s demiplane into the Elemental Plane of Water, as well as of Air. Sometimes, one can be spotted in the Elemental Plane of Ice as well. In fact, there has been an allegiance forged with Ben-hadar and Chaan, the Good Archomental forces of water and air. Many other planar creatures have various levels of respect for them. The free celestials of Arborea, The Eladrin, have even ridden them into battle in some instances. However, the Devas and Angels of more lawful planes think lowly of them.
Among deific powers, the Master of the Pod is a lesser power. However, its message is familiar to many, through acts of joy and freedom. While known for discouraging battle, the Cosmic Coki inspires courage and virtue in the heat of conflict. In some cases, this can mean sparing even the most vile of enemies. Despite rumors, Coki isn’t actually a Beast Lord, despite their demiplane orbiting by The Beastlands itself. In a similar vein, the Celestial Pod aren’t truly native to said plane either.
Author’s Note: HELP! DOC’S ON DRUGS! Just kidding. Now seriously, this was an idea one of my friends had played around with for a long time. This is a mixture of things, tbh; an orca plushie located at a rummage sale, the space whales from Doctor Who and some random ideas thrown at the wall. I realize that Orcas are not technically whales… in case anyone has doubts. Also, the adventure I wanted to write was taking longer than I thought…
UPDATE 2018 MAY: Not a fan of what Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes had to offer? Check out my take with “Defenders of Arborea” today!