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A Little Fantasy: #4 Shaping the Planes

Discussion in 'BoM Blogs' started by 8people, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. 8people

    8people 8 is just another way of looking at infinite ★ SPS Account Holder Adored Veteran

    Apr 20, 2002
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    In the World of Darkness it talks about the spirit realms, the shadow lands, the umbra, hell, heaven... But rarely anything unified.

    So I decided to try and figure out what a unified 'planescape' of the WoD would look like and I ended up with seven different realms and the mortal/earth realm. The cosmology I designed also works for all the backgrounds, surprisingly enough, including the middle kingdom and african cosmology.

    I also aligned each of the eight realms into pairs:
    Heaven - Hell (Should be clear enough, these are the realms that are furthest from Earth itself)
    Spiritscape - Soulscape (The land of spirits is living, while the land of souls is the lands of the dead)
    Astral - Arcadia (Astral has the realms of different gods and celestial beings, in a way it is tied to the spirit lands, Arcadia is the realm of the fey and is more tied to the ethereal lands. Arcadia also contains the Dreamscape which is closest to the Ethereal)
    Earth - Ethereal (The mortal physical realm and the realm of the mind, the Ethereal realm is layered over earth, it is the realm entered when one is in a state of astral projection (ironically) and is a point between dreaming and being awake. Including comatose states)

    I've also drafted different Splats associated with one or two planes, for example Changelings are a link between Arcadia and Earth, Mortals are simply associated with Earth. Wraith is associated with the Soulscape.

    What this means is that the cosmology of the OWoD has a means of being unified, different reflections on other realms can be coloured by the realms they are originally associated by. Different means of power can be linked to different sources and the way different supernatural abilities work on new and existing splats can be classified by what associations there are between splats and their abillities.

    It's actually quite fun to puzzle it all out to be honest.
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