River Oceanus burrows through the walls of reality like a
sleeper falling into a dream. How does this appear to an
outside observer, sitting on the south bank on the plane
of Elysium, would see the river coursing by. It moves
around a hill and... doesn't come out the other side.
Maybe it's a narrow strait, impenetrable woods, or
winding through a mountain pass.
our observer walks around the hill, she shifts
with the river. The landscape slowly shifts and
changes until it matches that of the Beastlands. With
each step, the Elysium night brightens into eternal noon.
Animals start crawling around, singing and shouting at
if our observer is in the air? A flying onlooker wouldn't
see the river at all, unless he was right above it. In
that case, he would see both planes at once, and would
move across them as the river did.
river Styx is the same way, except it's under no
obligation to appear natural. The Styx has plenty of
caves, canyons, and tunnels it can duck into to
camoflague its planeshifting, but it could just as easily
end suddenly in midair. Blind, forgetful Styxfish poke
their heads out confusedly before being channeled from
the Gray Waste to Pandaemonium. Or perhaps the river
continues on, cleansed of its dark taint (no doubt with
an all new dark taint to surprise bloods with. Maybe it's
yet another branch of the Styx, leading somewhere
layer down, the titanic roots of Yggdrasil wind about
Nilfheim. An lurking Helkyrie sees the vastness of the
root hidden in the omnipresent mists and decides to
follow them along. Everything looks the same for miles
and miles until the temperature starts dropping and
raising, both at once. A peculiar numbness fills the
proxy of Hel as the mists clear, revealing the vastness
of the Astal Plane in all directions. Ygdrasil's titanic
trunk stretches beneath our intrepid explorer as far as
the eyes see. After bribing a ratatosk Sensate with
exotic wine brewed from something a hordling leaked, the
Helkyrie follows a branch to the nearest plane. The
silver expanse of the Astral slowly becomes the clear sky
of Ysgard and the branch comes to a stop high above a
pine forest. Looking behind, the branch disappears into
the woodlands. Following it back, we're on the Astral
all this is happening the famed travel guide Reneas, the
Helkyrie's neighbor in Pluton, is eyeing the great
mountain Olympus speculatively. It's gray, of course, and
it's a slanty, rocky slope that goes disappears into the
distance. As Ren climbs it (no easy task here) the colors
of the shrubbery get slowly brighter, and the Astral
Plane appears. Ren ignores it until the Githyanki attack.
Fortunately, Ren's close to Olympus proper and a per
helps him fend them off. The per checks Ren out, gives
him the okay and leads him through a narrow path which
begins in the Astral and ends in an Arborean road. Reneas
thanks the per and runs off to meet his good friend
Stimpeas in a local village 3-12 miles away.
theoreticians reckon that three major kinds of planes
exist: Continuous Planes, Cluster planes, and
planes are like the Astral or Ethereal. These are lone
planes without association with other planes. Some
scholars limp the Ordial in with these, but the existence
of that plane's only a fact if you believe a certain
medusa historian [see
planes are the Inner and Outer planes where a single
concept fills a group of planes. The strangest cluster
plane is the Prime, here all the clusters (spheres) are
within a single plane and are not planes unto themselves.
One may almost say the prime is an intermediate plane
with aspects of both the Ethereal and the Cluster planes.
It's interesting to think that the Prime may one day
evolve into a full fledged cluster plane.
planes are planes that travel through other
infinite planes. An example of this is the River Oceanus.
Winds its way through infinately long planes and somehow
manages to travel from plane to plane even though each is
infinite. As the theories go, these planes converge with
other planes, and exist in the same space at the same
time. Other convergents include the River Styx, Yggdrasil
the World Ash, Mount Olympus and the Infinite Staircase.
bloods reckon these planes actually squeeze into the gaps
between the other planes, and that's how they get their
special properties. Locations like the burg of Crux on
Yggdrasil aren't actually on any plane at all. The same
goes for some Olympian burgs (especially those buried
under the surface of the Mount) and the Infinite
Staircase. Travellers on the Styx or Oceanus, however,
never technically leave the plane surrounding the river
in question...so it's not a general rule.
as maybe, but they can also wander in terms of where they
connect. The roots and branches of Yggdrasil change with
time (some say the World Ash is growing), slopes of Mount
Olympus change with rockfalls and weathering, the
meanders of the Styx and Oceanus mean charts (as such
they are) need updating ever century or three. Lumped
into this category are the realms of powers with no known
plane, or those that wander.
demi-planes might exist for powers whose alignment fits a
plane's location, but who don't like the feel of the
plane itself (How about an evil power who, for some
reason, covets colours? Gray Waste for selfish, covetous
evil, but it's all...well...grey.). Astral Conduits could
pass through the space. Maybe the Hinterlands fold up to
fill it entirely like a pathological curve.