A Book of Monsters? A good choice! Zam’dul is happy to bestow such a tome upon you. The cost is effective too, for you invest in knowledge! Even with such knowledge, be quite careful. The planes themselves are very unforgiving and care not for visitors. – Zam’dul, planar merchant.
As you might have guessed, I love the multiverse created by AD&D 2nd Edition and tend to have a bias in favor of it in some capacity. By all means, you are correct…. Not that there’s anything wrong with my favoritism, of course! Anyway, I wanted to convert over a few more creatures featured in Spelljammer and Planescape before I hop over to other things. That said, there are a fair number of D&D-adjacent things outside of both of those settings that would be fun to tackle. So, I’ll probably consider some of that too.
In the meantime, I wanted to bring back some other favorite creatures of mine. As always a healthy mix of aberrations, constructs, undead and the like. Don’t worry, no fiends this time.
Author’s Note: I’ve covered the whole Planar theme for a while. I might do a few more things before I switch gears. Personally, I’m feeling a return to either Gothic or something else entirely soon. Who knows? I certainly don’t! I just pull ideas either out of my brain or out of my bum and go from there. If I actually had a plan, I’d probably have a production studio by now…
“Today, you have entered as cadets, mere trainees with little knowledge of the cast worlds beyond and the infinite stars that surround them. Through extensive courses and simulations, you exit as readied soldiers. The vast empty void is your grounds to explore, to understand, to build upon. Be brave, mighty warriors, mages and more! Go forth, into wildspace!” – Graduation at the Rock of Bral Spell Flight Academy
To some, a trip into fantastical space is a simple feat. They’re quite far from the truth. In reality, it proves to be quite the challenge for those who aren’t initiated. And even once one travels into space, that’s not to say it’s just a lifeless and black nothingness. Countless hazards threaten the discerning traveler. Most poorly calculated move and you sail into a deadly trap! While not all life beyond a material world is inherently deadly, there is still much to be weary of.
Author’s Note: More Spelljammer! This time, I’m sampling a little bit of Star Wars influence too. Starweirds, Ysalamiri, maybe a few others. Also, there seems to be an unintentionally recurring theme of racial tension in this post. I guess the theme for this post is part Star Wars, part “racism is bad”? I dunno.
The Rock of Bral. Within the endless void of Wildspace, lies a cosmopolitan hub upon a still massive rock. This sprawling city within allows for almost any form of trade and meeting, as long as you stay low. Imports from through fantastic space have their way of ending up here, goods from all sorts of Crystal Spheres and demiplanes alike! Within the many markets, there are many strange and wonderful faces. One such is one you have met before!
“Ah, old friends of Zam’dul!” exclaims a helmet wearing man in monk’s robes. The stringy being gleefully approaches the team. “I assure you, these new wares will be of utmost interest. Recurring guests always get exclusive first looks at new goods. Please, come over. Please, look!”
Author’s Note: I’m back! Things have kind of sucked. None the less, I’m eager to return to things. However, Planescape and Spelljammer make me happy. So, time to return to what I love! Also, I’m returning to magitech as well as drugs! … Making stats for fiction drugs, that is.
Some Cosmic Clerics revel in the horrors beyond.
“The ANCIENTS awaken! It is my duty to see that they are ready to take hold of what was once theirs. The time of the material plane denizens is numbered!” – Xel’lenia, Human Cleric of Cosmic and Elder God Cultist
“The space beyond is more than proof of the Gods! While many hide away in small pocket realms of their own design, some are brave enough to face the great aether at large! The wilds of space itself is home to many great beings and I am a disciple of them.” – Torrean Guildlight, High Elf Cleric of Cosmic and Eccentric Researcher
The Cosmic Domain offers a pinch of Lovecraft, a bit of Spelljammer and the vast knowledge of a far greater universe.
Author’s Note: I wasn’t overly fond of my original Eldritch Domain from a ways back. So, like with the Nightmare Sorcerer becoming the Dream Sorcerer, the Cosmic Domain was created. I wanted to come up with some abilities that scream “outer space”, but I had a bit of a struggle. Hopefully, you enjoy. And, if you have ideas on how to build those ideas, let me know!
The hustle and bustle of the market gives way to something you’ve seen before. Ahead lies a familiar tent and sitting underneath is a figure wearing spacefaring gear over robes. Their head tilts in your direction, acknowledging your presence and expecting reaction. Upon getting closer, the creature straightens its back as it lifts from the ground with seemingly little effort. Facing you, they extend a cloth covered arm in greeting, it is Zam’dul the Plane Traveler. The thick breathing from a chamber in his mask lightens up as you can hear sounds like a throat being cleared.
“Hail, friend! It has been a while, has it not? Please, do not shy away. Since your last visit, I have procured many new items from the distant cosmos and beyond. I open my collection for you, if you can handle a potentially steep price.”
The dusty, wrinkled merchant shuffles over as an arm extends to highlight various wares. Much like before, you bare witness to a wide variety of truly odd looking crafts and artifacts. Some resemble items you’ve seen in your travels, others are far too alien for you to fully comprehend. Zam’dul surveys the crowd while ringing a strangely shaped bell, hoping to garner interest.
Author’s Note: We’re slowly closing out our planar theme for the time being. However, I figured it would be fun to return to another installment of Bizarre Bazaars! This time, I’m going back to my roots and doing another planar theme, including the truly bizarre and perhaps even horrifying aspects of the planes. But, if you wanted normal items, you wouldn’t have come here. As a bonus, I’ve converted over some items from Planescape Torment. No matter, take it away, Zam’dul.
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…