THE OUTER PLANES
THE HEAVENS, ACCORDING TO the common lore of Risur are a massive distant dome, and that the planets of the night sky move in reaction to the unseen hand of fate. According to the skyseers, each star is a source of magic, and the planets in particular are the source of key elemental powers.
Skyseer myths say ancient men once traveled freely to these worlds, where they could tap directly into powerful magic, but that the stars grew distant. Even today, though, wise men can look skyward and see clues to the course of fate. The Clergy, by contrast, believe that the heavens are a black sea, and that every star and planet is a physical world, each with its own people and gods. Danoran astronomers, though usually loathe to agree with the Clergy on anything, claim that they have seen the surfaces of the planets through their finely-crafted telescopes, though they cannot confirm any civilizations. Meanwhile, a few modern adventurers tell wild tales of using magic to visit these worlds, meet the strange locals, and return with treasure as proof. Skyseers dismiss such claims as stories by fools being tricked by fey.
The blackness between stars could be considered the “astral plane” which contains a quintillion obscure demiplanes. On a clear night, a sharp eye can discern the major planes among the pinpricks of light, worlds that revolve in a complex orbit around the Material Plane. Some of these spheres have an elemental nature, some have alignment tendencies, and others are simply alien realms. These planes are home to many extraplanar creatures. Below are listed the most prominent objects in the sky, along with the myths and theories associated with each. These myths aren’t necessarily consistent with each other.
Vona The sun, source of pure arcane force and magical radiance, but too bright to observe the surface. It influences revelations and discoveries.
- Jiese The plane of fire, home to serpent men whose skin glow like coal. Ancient myths claimed this was a dragon, which chased Avilona. Influences war and strife, as well as notable births.
- Avilona The plane of air, where desolate islands of rock float amid the clouds, covered in long-abandoned ruins. Ancient myths claimed this world was a titanic eagle, constantly fleeing the ravenous Jiese. Influences weather, notable deaths, and animals.
- Av This ancient name for the moon comes from a legend about a sleeping queen of the fey, cursed to slumber after her soul was captured in her reflection on a bottomless pool. Influences nothing, but reflects subtle clues of people’s desires.
- Mavisha The plane of water, home to krakens lurking beneath the waters and leviathans swimming rippling liquid columns that writhe above the sea like the tentacles of a living world. Legend states that a drowned bride long ago cursed sailors to join her in the lightless depths of this endless ocean. Influences the seas, great movements of people, and conflicts within families.
- Urim The plane of earth, or rather a scattered, shattered belt of relatively tiny shards of metal, which sometimes fall from the sky bearing precious ores and accursed worms. Influences the earth, the rise and fall of fortunes, and random meetings of strangers.
- Apet The distant plane, said to be a permanent storm of sand and dust on a featureless plane, with the only point of reference being an arc of silver an unknowable distance above. Influences subtle nuances of distance and time, as well as the grand cycle of ages.
- Nem The plane of ruin, this planet is a myth among the skyseers, who say it sheds no light, and can only be seen as it glides silently through the heavens, devouring stars and leaving nothing but a hole in the night. Influences secrets and the dead.