The Darkness lasts forever! Don’t think the Light is still your friend though.
Author’s Note: Mystaran homage, more lands based on Philippine folklore, more on the undead of Rockbaecche and a native of Kalidnay experiencing Abaddon. Also, two more references to the excellent Prisoners of the Mist server for Neverwinter Nights. If you love the Campaign Setting, it’s one of the best sources that keeps it alive. Also, I’m aware that referencing Abrahamic religion in D&D is controversial, but thanks to Prisoners of the Mist, it could be a fascinating thing to examine in brief. I should really pick that up again, it was good fun.
All of you look so shocked. Why? You see something out of place in this bookstore? Ah, yes. You see, Boskov have new task! Offering you many pieces of lore, some from bardic employer! No feelings of animosity towards him, he only does what he always does. But fear not, Boskov has been given permission to share secrets to keep one safe. Excerpts from books, yes, you shall have them. Boskov offers tales of the Astral and of the Fair Folk, remember the Fair Folk?
Author’s Note: Once again, things were cut… so long ago! Here are some things involving the fey that weren’t included before. Needless to say, I think I’ve done enough fey stuff for a while. Time for other things! And once again, huge salute and thanks to Mr. Welch for helping to push the fey into something even cooler. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to his channel on YouTube. Likewise, the Astral Plane really needs more love. So with that, another instance of plane-stranded Athasians and some other curiosities of the astral. So, this one is about 1/2 Fey, 1/2 Astral. Also, stick around for a reference to a fun episode of the D&D cartoon. Enjoy.
The journeys through the lands of the mists continue. I find myself lost after leaving the dark clutches of Inza. It wasn’t my place to fully stop her. While the Black Rose is distant and gone, maybe someone else will thwart the usurper. In the meantime, the strange powers that be seem to carry me, as if they too wish to see my quest for knowledge fulfilled. But, they have an ulterior motive, for they never help one for free. Perhaps I can be of use to help put Darklords in their place? Given how I haven’t done much of that before, this is likely not the case…. But, something to ponder about later. Something to deeply ponder about.
The meddlings of displaced Kargatane is most disconcerting. Tales tell of Azalin’s meddling in an attempt to escape. And yet, I have successfully escaped… all the more reason to use me in an experiment. I’m not sure if I’m at the agenda of the dread lich or the Dark Powers. Either way, it’s likely that little good will come from this, save for me documenting these awful places for posterity. With any luck, I will be granted the same courtesy as before. Every time though, it feels like escape was from sheer luck of nothing bad happening or just the smallest window of survival. We shall see what awaits me then. With any hope, I can evade these agents of the lich for as long as possible. If I benefit with learning along the way, that’s certainly a positive, no?
Author’s Note: Ravenloft had a tendency to make crossovers with other settings. So, let’s pull from their dip into Dark Sun as well as Spelljammer, even examining a possible domain from Eberron! In addition, I look at a cluster I very much enjoy. Also, what is Ramon seeking? Why does he hide from Azalin?
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.
The search for all that the elements have to offer continues. To put things simply, the elemental planes converge into their own realms of sorts. These fusions act as elemental planes in their own rights, the para-elemental as they are known. In addition, I can’t help but research some hypothetical planar fusions that come up in various lectures and notes across the planes. Someone’s idea of a practical joke? A sinister piece of the chant? Who knows? Either way, there is knowledge to find!
Author’s Note: The Inner Planes. Yeah, you gotta stretch the imagination a bit. All the same, I hope this thought exercise proves you can mold something out of a tough template. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration too. Though, not necessarily references to say /tg/ classic lore, DOOM or Warhammer or many other things either. Also, shout out to The Pathology Guy, whose take on the Inner Planes has been a large inspiration for me.
While I enjoy tons of heroic settings with noble characters ensuring good in the world, I’ve always loved truly grim and dour settings. I speak of worlds that fit the “GRIMDARK” moniker that’s been affectionately used. For those who don’t get the reference, it refers to Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K tagline, which states that “In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war!” I’m speaking of places blighted by impossible evils, dystopias where any sort of righteousness and passion is repressed, a sinister universe that is out to destroy you, nuked out wastelands where the remains of society struggle to continue or scrap the last bits of the old ones… but you get the point.
So, why is my theme essentially “dark settings and dark themes”? Sounds depressing, I know. After all, spending too much time in an overly dark and oppressive world can wear one down, right? Not exactly! There are many reasons why dark settings are truly fascinating. Before I turn the carnival over to you, let’s take a look at why starker settings can be awesome. (Or if you prefer, skip down to the bold text.)