One last trek through the mists, friends. One last trek is all it takes. Will it spell the end? A new land? Unsure. May something out there pity us.
Author’s Note: The year is ending and it’s almost Christmas… Will I do more Ravenloftian goodness? Well, someone has to in the face of Poseurloft! But really, we’ll see. I’m tired of D&D, as has been noted by the lack of crunch for a long time. The good thing about a lot of my creations is that I can rebrand them as something else, if it came down to it. Anyway, hope your days were jolly and nice. Or at least, more so than in the Lands of the Mists. Perhaps this is goodbye to the Demiplane of Dread, at least for now. Likewise, a few more metaplots are looked at here for now.
Storytelling, it is a tradition. For Vistani wanderers, there is no exception. The spoken story has helped keep tribes and clans together. And by all means, those of different clans have collected countless tales across travels. Some speak of taboos, others of strange secrets, others purely bizarre. Tonight, you are invited to hear some of these tales and decipher what is fact and what is mere myth peddled along for entertainment.
Author’s Note: Huge thanks to Matt Doyle alias “strahdsbuddy”. His own creation got my own creative juices flowing, even if a few ideas were looted. This one is a bit shorter, but that’s partially because I’m on vacation and need a break from life for a little bit.
I realize that my lesson started and shifted a but abruptly. But, you seek the worst and weirdest that arcane space has to offer. Why would I slouch on a golden opportunity to explain all that is delightfully dooming in the stars beyond? Ah, yes. Do stop me at any moment. As much as I relish spreading nightmares, it could be bad for the tutoring contract. So, young one, let us talk particular subjects involving space today. After all, fear not when being taught by the famous Jermaine the Arcane. I always provide means of rescue advice.
Author’s Note: Spelljammer, at last! All the same, October kinda of usurped a bit of that. And so with that, have some RavenJammer! Likewise, conspiracies and mysteries within the setting too. Also, the largest heresy to the alternate cosmologies, they’re just Crystal Spheres with Planar elements… Don’t be mad at me! Plus hey, I love a good conspiracy angle, the retcon fits the Great Wheel and its many mysteries to some extent. Primers be damned! (But, mostly Clueless.)
Problems, we all have problems. Day to day life is riddled with them. This is nothing to say of toils beyond town walls, behind closed doors and just outside of the naked eye. There are things that bring deeper problems, rooted in our own deepest fears. Attempts to banish them are fool’s errands, adaptation and readiness is a more apt truth. So, do not fear the problems of what lies beyond, but prepare. The darkness always lingers and waits, so too must you.
Author’s Note: My continued take on Eberron meets Ravenloft, more Thief love, More BLOOD inspiration in the multiverse, ongoing agonies of new domains and more.
“Of course, I have more notes. It’s the least I can do for your glorious donations to our information treasury. Of course, these are copies. The originals reside with my master, or at least his own private resources. Enjoy what I have to offer and don’t hesitate to ask questions. But, be careful what you ask.” The scribe continues to pour through his acquisitions, before giving a satisfied nod and granting you access to another set of information. “This begs the question, since you’ve done so much for our fair liege, surely you have shown interest in recruitment? He has sensed the future and knows one thing for certain… Doom awaits. Only his land and his hand can protect you. But first, the Blighted city must be dealt with. This “Death” is only an obstacle for greater victory.”
Author’s Note: A look at more aspects of the Demiplane of Dread. I never got around to this originally, as my focus was on the journey to Darkon more than anything. Enjoy my take on some more canon domains of Ravenloft, reaching beyond the Core and into the Nocturnal Sea and Sea of Sorrows. Also, since not much fleshed out Bluetspur, I got creative! Surprise, it’s a Spelljammer inspired domain now! Also, yes, I always thought Professor Arcanus was a stupid character.
As always, my travels take my throughout the known reaches of reality and beyond. Time time around, I have a few more places to examine once again. As always, there are familiar places and there are very much new ones. Travel along as we make our way through the elements and into raw darkness itself. As always, make proper preparations, as even I’m liable to find myself in danger. For a less experienced traveler, it would mark certain doom. But, for those ever brave in their desire to quest along the known and unknown planes, venture on and find unending wonder to behold. But, be warned, there is always an evil darkness lurking right around the corner. Should you tread foolishly, it will take you. And even then, I only seek it out of curiosity and study. I’ve been lucky once, surely I can escape in tact once more.
As always, I chronicle all means of places and people one might find within all know reaches of reality. Should one tip me off of some thrilling new adventure to seek, I am far from shy. As it is, I ready myself for a true journey through wildspace some day soon. However, the planes occupy the majority of my interests. As it is, I sense something I need to examine now. Or rather, I feel there is something I need to face soon. I can’t quite describe it, but I can attain that it is quite ominous. May I see you once again after it has concluded.
Author’s Note: Work and other things have held me back. But, hopefully, I’ll be able to keep myself going pretty strong during the autumn. I always seem to. So, I’m doing a return to mutilating the newer planes for classic usage via Primordium and the Entropic Gloom. Likewise, it might be fun to see what exists of The Void after its reality ensnaring tendrils are broken. Also, Planescape – Ravenloft Crossover? It must be October (or near it)!
Convergent. This is described as multiple facets of something coming together, usually to form something completely new.
You might inquire the relevance of this definition. This is simple. Reality as properly defined by both The Ancients and the Scholars of Gamma Terra is crumbling. And not only that, a possible new dimension, known to many as “Void Space” has opened up. Sensors detect that other possible realities have indeed converged upon this meeting point within space and time. Even stranger, these fragments of reality have merged together at points, making rather alarming hybridizations between worlds. Gardens with wires and machines growing instead of plants, octagonal platforms and hallways turned into castle-like labyrinths of stone and wood, whole buildings breaking off into floating land chunks in the cosmic soup. Completely unrelated confines and compounds have blended alongside others. A piece of a cabin has become tethered to a segment of an industrial warehouse, linking to a medieval dungeon. This dimensional space does not operate on principles of mundane logic. Data does indicate that these pieces are fused to instill stability between realities. This alternate world acts in a manner of coping mechanism. More information is required to properly analyze. Deployment is requested.
Author’s Note: What sort of mad crossover nonsense is this? Well, exactly that. Thanks to a long finished game, as well as the BLOOM mod for Doom 2, I’ve worked up some level of inspiration to cobble all means of absurd mash-ups. Also, I’ve been weaving some mythos-horror content into Planescape for a while. For the few people that played in crossover games with me, many of these games are directly referenced here. Set Wands to Warpdrive, in particular, literally broke realities. (It’s probably archived on my old tumblr page.) Technically, this exists outside of typical Planescape, but I’ve always pondered a nexus space between realities. It kind of worked for RIFTS already, why not in other things? Ramon is a background character as well.
As for crunch related stuff? I’ll get around to something. As I’ve already stated, I’d rather use a different gaming system, honestly.
I have touched upon The Outlands, yes. But, there is still more to see. The Concordant Opposition, a name with more than one meaning. To some, it’s the center point where all things converge. To some as well, it is the force fighting all planes at once. At least, this is what that Acts of Balance sect/faction proclaim. Beyond them, there are many more sights and sounds to observe within the center ring within the Wheel. With such a variety of experiences alone, a Sensate could spend a lifetime here.
Author’s Note: I enjoy doing these. As such, I have to return to this! Now, thanks to the Torment conversions and some of my own, that takes care of a number of monsters at least. The one bit from the Elemental post felt a bit tacked on, but it only made me wanting to do more. It begs the question, what happens when I run out of planes? Well, I’ve been making plans for another project.
If the Positive Energy Planes were a delight, then surely the Negative Energy Planes will be just as delightful… But really, one cannot describe the planes without a fuller picture. So, keep your life sources handy, as this is a place devoid of them.
Author’s Note: Okay, that about wraps things up. With that, I’m gonna try to tackle some monsters! I would have made a list for the Upper Planes, but I’ve already tackled a fair number of celestials. Also, I might just convert all of the Guardinals later, perhaps for a DM’s Guild related thing. Though, I want to port over my take on the Gehreleths/Demodands too… Maybe at some point?
We have discussed all of this talk about fusion planes, however we have neglected two very influential and prominent parts of the Inner Planes, the Positive and Negative planes; forces of literal life and death. And, as you’d expect, they too have their own alterations of the various planes beyond. Travel forth if you dare, to witness lively and deathly versions of the elemental planes you know so well.
Author’s Note: I had to push things back. I was gonna do a huge list of elemental things, and probably have a bunch of monsters by now. But, I haven’t had the extra energy in me. Plus, I’ve already referenced plenty of canon and custom monsters in previous posts, so that helps. At the very least, with this one finished, I can create a bunch of cool elemental/inner planes themed monsters! My own Planescape Monstrous Appendix III of sorts, if you will! One last note, I have Negative Energy stuff split off into another post too. Don’t worry, I’ll pop up a few days later. I just needed to break things up… It might prove to be a better format, to be honest. And as always, classical and popular culture are mined and bastardized for idea fodder.