The Three Kingdoms
The three regions of the Universe and the elemental planes. The Elemental planes are not shown on the universe map below because they lie between the three kingdoms in parallel universes.
The Lower Kingdom
The lower Kingdoms can be reached from Morashtar via planar gateways which access these realms, if these portals can be found and reached. Artificers can learn powers which unlock gates to certain planes.
A vast cavernous kingdom that can be as horrid as it can be beautiful, which has cities, lairs, fortresses and keeps of all sizes scattered throughout its network, with a vast desert above, and the abyss at its basin, which Acheron's Pit descends into. This kingdom is actually part of the Acheron Nebula which is at the center of the universe. It is however connected to the Lower Kingdom and upper kingdom by gateways and by the throats of the Lower and Upper Kingdoms via access of the abyss. See Acheron Page.
The underworld of the Sidhe, the Fomor, the Firbolg, and the Danu, many of whom live between Morashtar and Annwn. This is a medieval world of castles, citadels and villages set in a majestic landscape of dense forests, mountains, meadows and gardens all alit in an ethereal glow of light and shadows. The gods of this realm assume animal forms as often as not and they and many other inhabitants make it their aim to riddle and test any outsider who enters their domain. Annwn, Pwill, O'Braugh and Belorian are a few who reside over the various regions of this Kingdom which includes Tir na nOgh (Pwill), Morgal Eshvah (O'Braugh) and Azlymeth (the Crystal Kingdom, Belorian). Arawn Pen Annwn is the high king of Annwn.
The Dark Realms - Nemen
This is gateway world of Oblivion; A world of mist and dusk covered entirely by the ruins of vast ancient cities, where all manner of dark spirits dwell. Beneath the endless rubble and mazes created by the broken walls, stairwells, partially intact towers, chambers and keeps, lies a network of tunnels, conduits and caves which interconnect in a labyrinth called Galgamesh (Underworld of the Lost). Only a few creatures, who have lived in this vast maze for centuries out of memory, know their way around the world under and can show others the way out. These creepy inhabitants tend to require a test of anyone they even consider helping to escape, which usually involves finding them a specific tribute.
"Find me a body and I shall show you the way out."
"How do I find you a body? Moreover, how when I am lost in this place?"
"That is for you to figure out."
If one finds their way to one of the twelve Gateways of Oblivion and steps through it, they will find themselves swallowed up in the great nowhere and held suspended in time. If retrieved from this state a year or a thousand years later, only a moment will have lapsed for the one suspended defined by the time it took to step into the gate and be pulled out again; mere seconds. No aging occurs while held suspended in time. Locating someone in Oblivion is extremely difficult (LoD 1205) without the person who entered having an anchor placed previous to entering the void (LoD 345). There are those who seek oblivion as a means of traveling into the future via an anchor set to pull them out at a particular time.
The Dead Realms
A world where swamps, dead forests, marshy lakes, dried grass and dead plants dominate the landscape, with shadowy castles, villages, and citadels of a medieval age which change little throughout the ages. In this realm, not only is all plant life dead or reflected as spirit flora, but all things living are dead, undead, spirit, or the living dead. If the living remain in this realm for too long, it will kill them and make of them a wraith, phantom, living dead, zombie, or some other creature of the dead. -10% Start HP damage per day (If HP is 1000, -100 per day). The Solemn Forest is the region most enter into when arriving here. The most dangerous and yet most fascinating place is the Necropolis Capital, a citadel of tomb-like keeps with a vast undercity catacomb beneath. The castle at the center of this city of the dead has many towers and chambers and is resided over by a powerful lich king. There are 'Life Springs' in some of the kingdoms if they can be found, which restore a small amount of life, but they are usually well guarded and difficult to get to. These springs are made up of the life energy of spirits and are where life drained from the living goes. They look like normal springs but a mist rises from them which has a subtle glow of spectral energy which gives off an equally subtle hum. In time (2 d6 days) these springs recharge after being consumed. +50 health.
The upper Kingdoms can be reached from Morashtar via planar gateways which access these realms, if these portals can be found and reached. Artificers can learn powers which unlock gates to certain planes.
A Kingdom which presents itself to inhabitants and visitors alike as their ideal world, only within that ideal world are the resident angels they cannot control. The presiding God Yajmha (or Yawen, proxy of Leviathan), who counts himself the only true God and creator, is rarely seen, and takes any social form she chooses, usually a pretty young woman or elderly lady with dark hair and dark skin, for her true form is Leviathan, which Haman lies in the belly of, as the Morning Star's true form is Acheron.
A Kingdom of great halls, keeps, walled in gardens, farms, forests, and fields on scattered islands in a deep blue sea, where great forests lead into Annwn. Home to the gods of the seasons, cycles, and crafts; including the major gods Dagda, Lugh, Rhiannon, Bel and Arianrhod.
A garden paradise with beautiful keeps and homes formed of the trees, rocks and plants here, as these elements weave together to form wonderous structures whose splendor enhances rather than clashes with the beauty of this kingdom.
Once called Aegores (ay-jor-eez), Yllumaer is an independant part of those vast regions Leviathan controls beyond his interior region, where it was named after a presiding God named Aegorius (A-jor-ee-us), also called Aegius, Joshua renamed it Yllumaer, the Realm of Light and Air. When the Tsetar named Joshua was spat out in his true form by the eternal flame, it was Aegius who offered Joshua a path to his spectral Kingdom, and there offered Joshua the opportunity to serve the voice in himself, to serve what Aegius considered God. Through Joshua Aegius offered all the fallen Tsetar a home in Aegores and named Joshua his successor.
Yllumaer is a kingdom of air, light, and many elements all coelescing in an atmosphere not unlike yet unique from the plane of air. A small world surrounded by floating islands and continents of land, where many ages long past the planet had been broken into pieces in a war between various god, Yllumaer has many climates despite its size, and its stone and marble cities are each a jewel on the landscape. One can leap off the edge of this world where there are cliffs, even massive cliffs where chunks of the world were broken off, and find themselves floating off into the low gravity well of this small world, whose gravity is low because of its size. Anything from botanical gardens, great towers and keeps, beautiful glades and lakes, ice capped mountains, shining cities, bridges made of floating rocks and boulders like stepping stones, or just scattered chunks of rock can be found floating around the edges of this world, some miles away from the planet itself, others a stone throw away. Each of this world's climates remain the same all year long, with only a ten degree temperature variation in each climate which occurs between daylight and twilight. It never gets completely dark on Yllumaer which has three suns, accept once every 500 years when two of the three suns align, and the entire planet grows dark every 1000 years when all three suns align and the largest floating continent eclipses them. M'Tagra is the temperate wilderness of Yllumaer which lies between all other regions on the main continent, which makes up more than one half of Yllumaer's landmass, the rest islands and small continents scatter around the sea of Emanua, or the land masses floating around the planet.. Aegien has since been reclaimed by Leviathan and named Joshua ruler of Aegores.
The Kingdom of Planets
Solar Systems and Inhabited Planets
Terran System: 2. Earth
Leonese System: 3. Morashtar and 4. Cirsuil
Antares System: 5. Antares
Nova System: 6. Congoril and 7. Mortares (Darkstar)
Meridian System: 8. Arcannus and 9. Kaelvas
Sudasoto (Dark Nebula) System: 10. Ardennia and 11. Kovos
Interstellar travel to all the planets is possible from ancient Stellar Gates on Mortares or from just one such gate the Mortares erected on Morashtar. One can only return via these gates from one of these gates or with a Mortares Gate Talisman. There is a lever which sets to 12 locations. 10. is Annwn, 11. is Tuatha, and 12 is Plane of Storms.
If one does not know how to operate the gate, and understand the meaning of the gate symbols, the gate will deliver the traveler to a random location. Roll 2 d6 for destination. Roll of 10-11 and gate malfunctions. Roll of 12 and gate malfunctions to deliver traveler to one of the elemental planes. Roll 2 d6 and go to plane in order listed, counting first plane listed as number 2. If 12 comes up on a planar roll, gate delivers traveler to Acheron.
The Planar Dimensions
The elemental planes can be reached from Morashtar via planar gateways which access these realms, if these portals can be found and reached. Artificers can learn powers which unlock gates to certain planes.
The Shadow Realm
Nazadun: a vast primordial forest kingdom which lies between the Dark Realms, Shadow Realm, and the Dead Realms that is accessible from all three planes. This seemingly endless twilight forest is broken only by paths, occasional meadows, widely scattered castles and villages, and the great citadel of Aamedgar which rises up from the peaks of the Esschelan mountain range. Nazadun is a haven for shades, vampires, demons of darkness, wraiths and other dynamic spirits,
Morgaith: a shadowy kingdom which lies at the very center in the depths of the shadow realm. This seemingly endless darkness is broken by braziers and everburning torches fueled by firevents which draw fire from Shivardda, the plane of fire. Paths, roads, meadows, scattered castles and villages, and the great citadel of Nathroamir, named after its immense watchtower, which rises up from the central axis of this circular city, looms on the horizon against the sea of Nathandor (Black Sea) and the plane of Strife, a vast field which surrounds the castle where many battles have been fought. Far to the east, swallowed by the penumbra of this land, are the peaks of the Jagged Tooth Mountain range. Morgaith is a haven for shades, vampires, demons of darkness, wraiths and other dynamic spirits.
Plane of Light
Solendor: This is a plane where almost everything gives off some kind of light, the plants, the rocks, the beasts, and even the soil, and where stairways of light rise up out of the gossamer forests; great peaks thrust up covered with a glowing pale grass where great towers, shrines, and keeps of white stone stand. Four suns and eight moons rise and fall over this land which is never dark. The Levimancers of Solendor are friendly, cheerful people who love to entertain and celebrate all of life's wonders, but they can turn deadly if they, their people, or their territories are threatened. Many animals here have eyes, claws, or tails which can burn with lazor light to defend themselves and some can even spit a radioactive or ultraviolet liquid so potent that it can burn right through flesh and bone causing extreme sickness or even death. Creatures here are immune to the dire effects of radiation.
Plane of Fire
Shivardda: Canyons sculpted into bizzare shapes by lava, dead forests, volcanos, and lava fields make up the main landscape of this Kingdom. Stone bridges and dirt or rock pathways lead around and above the magma bubbling up from the ground in many places. In the Infernal Desert; firestorms can be encountered when pockets of heat reach their peak. Fire elemental creatures, hell raptors, fire beasts, and demons resistant to heat and fire live here. A very harsh plane which damages anyone who has no heat or noxious gas resistance, the damage increasing when one gets too close to volcanos, lava pools or vent. There are oases to be found here where cooler temperatures and water can be found. There is even one forest (Delcaris) where the central part of the woodland is still alive, albeit this humid jungle boasts some dangerous beasts and people.
Plane of Water
Anuardda: (an-war-dah) An underwater world with sprawling underwater cities, with deep sea rifts which can reach tremendous depths where its leviathons live, or where vast shallows with white sand bottoms stretch for miles around patches of land too small to call islands. Though this plane can be explored by landlovers, exploring its inhabited regions requires water-breathing capabilities or apparatus.
Plane of Air
Anmath Nual: A planar kingdom where islands, towers, keeps, villages and even cities float in the air with vast bridges between some locations, whereby to reach other areas, one must be able to fly or be capable of surpassing expanses, some great, others small. All creatures which lives here can fly, people and animals alike, and some beings and plants as well even float through this ethereal atmosphere, including fish which swim in an ocean of air. This world is a actually a great bubble with the bits and pieces which make up anything with mass (living or element) floating around within it atmosphere of air. Each mass has low gravity, whereas larger masses have more gravity, enough to hold things down. Even the largest masses can be lauching points into the air if one pushes themself off in a leap with enough force. Heavy boots worn by some of the people here help prevent them accidentally floating off a land mass if they should jump too high. The largest land mass is only fifty miles across. Many of these floating islands are named after key features, such as Mountain Garden, Waterfall City, Lakeland, Dune Desert, Tall Tree Forest, Foaming Water Canyon, Boulder City, etc.
Plane of Storms
Grymoria: A vast Kingdom of Ice where snow, ice, glaciers, ice-caves, and snowcapped mountains dominate the landscape. Almost any creature one encounters here can spit, throw, infuse, sling or command ice elements.
Ymllaadri: A great Kingdom of Tempests by a sea including many islands where high winds, pouring rains, hail storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, crashing lightning and thunder, ball and aural lightning, dominates the climate. Any creature met here is likely able to spit, throw, infuse, sling or command various storm elements if not all of them. The Sounding Sea of Ymllaadri meets with the ice fields which indicate the beginning of Grymoria. Within the Sounding Caves of Ymllaadri, is the Chamber of Gateways, a cave where there are passages which lead to all the elemental planes, including Ymlladdri itself. Symbols (which are easy to decipher), are carved into the stone above each tunnel, revealing where each passage leads. An obvious clue to where each tunnel leads is the elemental conduit one must pass through at the end of each passage (much as one can see through it to the plane it will enter) to leave the cavern and enter the other plane.
Plane of Earth
Talyss: A world of canyons, deserts, rock mountains, dirt, sand and stone where all structures are carved out of stone and earth. Terramancers and many earth elementals inhabit this plane.
Talgeard; the Plane of Flora
A Kingdom of botanical gardens, orchards, wilderlands, jungles, grasslands, and forests where sentient plants called Talgeardians dwell. There are many insects, including a race of insect people called the Virosians which the Talgeardians have symbiotic relationships with. In this world the lives of plants are valued more highly than the other beasts and people who live there, whereby the consumption of animal flesh is accepted and killing all but carpet plants is considered murder. Only eating the fruits of plants is acceptable, and then ONLY if the seeds are preserved. All structures are formed of live plants which are woven and twined together, while the hollows and roots of immense trees also provide homes for this world's beings. The Talgeardian Verduremancers who dwell here are very tricky and not be thought of salad brains at all.
Imdgrys: (eem-day-grehs) All within this plane is damaging but for the stone paths. The rain, the dirt, the acid breathing--spitting--spraying animals, the vegetation, the water sources, all here eat away at anything it contacts but those things which evolved on this plane to resist acid, and that which is capable of resisting acid.
Mantizor: The 'otherside' of whatever world you step out of, where other elements beside the spectral ether and telekinetic energy have no sway and all countours seen and felt are substantial only because of a telekinetic field which defines surfaces. Only by finding phased areas called conduits can you leave the spectral plane and reenter the world it edges, or enter 'dark conduits' which lead deeper into the spectral plane beyond the middle kingdom. There one might find the Fortress Citadel and Kingdom of Santoriz, named after the great spirit Santor, ruler also over Mantizor. There is also Nisi, Elephant Lord of Escongrinn, the jungle and grasslands territory of the spectral plane.
Time Plane -- Krodos
Krohnastos: This is a gateway world which brings one into the Universe where time travel is so much the norm that if something is done to alter history a new time line is NOT created, rather the entire universe and all worlds affected shift to accomodate the changes. Simultaneously this is also where all time lines created in other universes appear, whereby there are countless reproductions of the same universe, many of which do not last at all long relative to others owed to the fact that alternate timelines, particularly accidental ones, have a tendency to collapse far more readily than stable 'drafted' and 'origin' time lines.
The people of this world are called Kronesians. Their natural life span is anywhere between 180-200 years of age. Some of these people, the 'travelers' in particular, those who time travel and manipulate time, are immortal through cloning via a seven day process which also clones the memory and personality of each predecessor. This process can be sped up by time manipulation techniques. The moment a clone has 'matured' to replace a dead clone; a new clone 'injection' is placed in stasis to be activated when the death of its antecedent has been confirmed. Clone Injections are a gel containing genetic materials and memory receptors which are injected into a cloning environment stasis field (CESF) to produce a clone. The advantage to cloning is that one's mind and will is their own, the disadvantage is that they are still prone to disease and rare genetic defects, and should something happen to their 'cloning vault' they will be unable to replicate should they perish. Most clones travel WITH a spare clone injection in the event something happens to their vault. The last disadvantage is the slight chance of a 'duplicate clone' occuring, which can happen if a confirmed death was not actual. Duplicate clones are legal IF they are registered. Rogue duplicates on the other hand are illegal for security reasons. Clones tend to beat aging by chronomantic techniques (reverse aging and the like). Other clones may be perfectly content with the natural process of aging as a matter of pride. The more times a clone survives to die by old age, the more respected he or she is by other clones.
The second process of immortality is achieved via nano-technology whereby a 'carrier' is injected with self-replicating nano-droids which are perpetually repairing any damage to nano-carriers and building replacement nano-droids as they are needed or destroyed. The advantage to nano-carriers is that injuries, disease, toxins, genetic flaws and the very process of aging is eliminated; The most obvious disadvantage is that time travel is extremely difficult for carriers to achieve, much as they are traveling with a vast colony of microscopic androids inside of them. The only way a nano-carrier can become a traveler is to use a nano-canister, a special transfer device which transfers the nano-droids inside of them into the canister which is designed for transporting nano-droids en-mass through time. Once a destination is reached, the nano-droids can be transfered back into the body. The transfer causes some great amount of discomfort much as the body is so well adapted to accomodate the droids. Another disadvantage is in the fact that the millions of nano-droids within a carrier develope a colony or collective mind which acts an alter-ego and personality, a price many are willing to pay for immortality.
A person here may be a Rah (high commander) one moment and a pauper the next and not even be the wiser for it. Others might be quite keen to the change. Some races here have a time sense ability which makes them aware of shifting time events, while others do not share this trait. A person, place or even a species here may exist one moment and not the next; or important events in history may be completely rewritten, although owed to strict time manipulation laws these sorts of drastic occurances may not happen as often as one might believe.
Time travelers are required to attain 'Time Stamps' for one, a tattoo which identifies someone as a 'traveler', and to become a legal traveler one must pass rigorous tests before being issued a time travel stamp. The penalty of breaking the 'law of existance', the 'law of imperitives' or 'traveling without a stamp' is erasure and in extreme cases as with the elimination of a leader or species, erasure with no chance to 'reoccur' ever again.
It is dangerous to be a 'rogue traveler' here. If outlanders seek a visa they are treated with respect and granted a temporary stamp in the form of a bracelet. Outlander travelers are otherwise dragged to a Processing Center if caught by a Kronesian officer and if any laws were broken an outlander waits here until they stand trial in a 'time courte'.
True oracles or diviners are aware of Krodos, and by being able to tap into the nuances of time here, they are able to predict the future, present and past.