Page 37 of 50 FirstFirst ... 12272829303132333435363738394041424344454647 ... LastLast
Results 1,081 to 1,110 of 1485
  1. - Top - End - #1081
    Banned
     
    willpell's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    So in other words, Wotco employees are total squares.

  2. - Top - End - #1082
    Titan in the Playground
     
    afroakuma's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Gral and I are speaking in a language of Law, one in which "squared" is a euphemism for "killed."

  3. - Top - End - #1083
    Banned
     
    Answerer's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2012

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    You'd think multiplication by 0 would be the equivalent of killing.

    Also, taking the absolute value of a square or the square of an absolute value are both entirely identical to each other and also to just taking the square and doing away with the absolute value altogether. In the real number system, anyway; i would change that statement.
    Last edited by Answerer; 2013-01-30 at 05:04 PM.

  4. - Top - End - #1084
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Seharvepernfan's Avatar

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Cydonia

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    I'm curious about the layout of the planes.

    I know that the ethereal and shadow are adjacent to the material.

    I assume the Inner Planes are "under" or "inside" the material/ethereal/shadow.
    I assume the Outer Planes are "above" or "outside" the m/e/s.
    Is the astral between the m/e/s and the outer planes? And in between each of the outer planes? Then the far realm is outside of it all?

    I think I remember something about Limbo stretching from the very center to the far realm...

    How does it all work?
    Spoiler: Ironcage Keep
    Show
    Initiative:

    - Leo
    - Enemies
    - Frith (Light, 92 rounds), Obergrym (rage 5 rounds, 14/17 hp), Melrik - CURRENT
    - Enemies
    - Jade
    - Enemies

  5. - Top - End - #1085
    Bugbear in the Playground
    Join Date
    Jun 2012

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Depending on the cosmology, the Inner Planes are at the "other end" of the Ethereal Plane, or around the Material like the corners of a cube or something.

    The Outer Planes are either at the other end of the Astral Plane, or are around the Material Plane like a ring, but farther away than the Inner Planes.

    The Astral Plane is either another part of the Great Wheel, or is basically the big container for all other planes.

    The Far Realm is entirely separate. Limbo has nothing to do with it, afaik.

  6. - Top - End - #1086
    Troll in the Playground
     
    Chilingsworth's Avatar

    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    GMT -4
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    When was the idea of the Far Realm introduced to D&D cosmology?
    Thanks to Pesimismrocks for my awesome avatar, and Gaiyamato for the game that inspired it!
    Previous Avatars:
    Spoiler
    Show

    Thanks to Kymme

    Nicest thing said of me:
    Quote Originally Posted by 'Able' Xanthis View Post
    This is what a properly motivated caster is like, people. Concussive explosions able to rip the front end of a hummer in twain and Chilling is using them to filter out those who don't make the cut. Those unworthy of his true magistic might.

  7. - Top - End - #1087
    Titan in the Playground
     
    afroakuma's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Seharvepernfan View Post
    I'm curious about the layout of the planes.
    There's a half-decent diagram in the Manual of the Planes.

    Is the astral between the m/e/s and the outer planes? And in between each of the outer planes? Then the far realm is outside of it all?
    In broad strokes, yes.

    I think I remember something about Limbo stretching from the very center to the far realm...
    No.

    How does it all work?
    The Material Plane is coexistent with the Ethereal and Shadow Planes, which don't touch one another. The Inner Planes are separated from the Material Plane via the Ethereal Plane.

    The Material Plane is coterminous with the Astral Plane. The Outer Planes are separated from the Material Plane via the Astral Plane. They are generally separated from one another, but the top layer of each has points where it is coterminous to adjacent Outer Planes.

    The Far Realm is, as the name suggests, far outside the cosmology.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chilingsworth View Post
    When was the idea of the Far Realm introduced to D&D cosmology?
    Gates of Firestorm Peak, by Bruce R. Cordell, 1996.

  8. - Top - End - #1088
    Bugbear in the Playground
    Join Date
    Apr 2011

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Can you tell us anything about blood elementals and the elemental plane of blood that isn't in this article?

  9. - Top - End - #1089
    Titan in the Playground
     
    afroakuma's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by 123456789blaaa View Post
    Can you tell us anything about blood elementals and the elemental plane of blood that isn't in this article?
    Well, it's not really an elemental plane... also there's this other article.

  10. - Top - End - #1090
    Bugbear in the Playground
    Join Date
    Apr 2011

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by afroakuma View Post
    Well, it's not really an elemental plane... also there's this other article.
    I just called it an elemental plane because that's what the article called it. The actual location is pretty strongly implied to be the far realm.

    Oooh shiny! (but...sanguineous wrath? )

  11. - Top - End - #1091
    Banned
     
    Answerer's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2012

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by afroakuma View Post
    the top layer of each [Outer Plane] has points where it is coterminous to adjacent Outer Planes.
    The "top" layer? Even in, say, Celestia where no one has ever returned from the 7th Layer? Or does "top" not necessarily mean "highest"?

  12. - Top - End - #1092
    Bugbear in the Playground
    Join Date
    Jun 2012

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    "Top" typically means "The first layer you would enter at."

  13. - Top - End - #1093
    Titan in the Playground
     
    afroakuma's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Answerer View Post
    The "top" layer? Even in, say, Celestia where no one has ever returned from the 7th Layer? Or does "top" not necessarily mean "highest"?
    Quote Originally Posted by AuraTwilight View Post
    "Top" typically means "The first layer you would enter at."
    See above. Frankly, with the exception of Celestia (and maybe Bytopia), most planes are considered to go "downward," metaphysically speaking.

  14. - Top - End - #1094
    Troll in the Playground
     
    herrhauptmann's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    I might have missed it in the previous 20+ pages, but do you have a decent planar terrain mastery (for the Horizon Walker PrC) for the Plane of Dreams, or the Dreamscape, beyond the gates of Horn and Ivory, etc?

    Every time I try to think of something, it becomes lucid dreaming shenanigans, which most dm's will ban outright.
    Personally I'd prefer to go for more of a feel like Neil Gaiman's Sandman, rather than DiCaprio's Inception.

    Thanks.
    HH

  15. - Top - End - #1095
    Titan in the Playground
     
    afroakuma's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by herrhauptmann View Post
    I might have missed it in the previous 20+ pages, but do you have a decent planar terrain mastery (for the Horizon Walker PrC) for the Plane of Dreams, or the Dreamscape, beyond the gates of Horn and Ivory, etc?

    Every time I try to think of something, it becomes lucid dreaming shenanigans, which most dm's will ban outright.
    Personally I'd prefer to go for more of a feel like Neil Gaiman's Sandman, rather than DiCaprio's Inception.

    Thanks.
    HH
    I have never dabbled in homebrewing with that class. Interesting that I can't seem to find anyone else who has... sorry.

  16. - Top - End - #1096
    Banned
     
    willpell's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by herrhauptmann View Post
    I might have missed it in the previous 20+ pages, but do you have a decent planar terrain mastery (for the Horizon Walker PrC) for the Plane of Dreams, or the Dreamscape, beyond the gates of Horn and Ivory, etc?
    Entirely off the top of my head, how about a Prestidigitation SLA? It's hardly overpowered given that Fire PTM is the equivalent of a 2nd-level spell at a CL of 7 (with only one of five options but limitless duration), but it gives you a nice touch of being able to do all manner of cosmetic tricks. If you can reasonably call it "at-will" (that might be a little strong, but it's a 0-level spell with a 1-hour duration so I doubt it), the result would be that reality would be malleable in minor ornamental ways everywhere you go all the time, and that seems like it would feel like a waking dream of sorts.

    To take a completely different tack, I've never heard of anyone suffering pain in a dream, so perhaps a bonus to Fortitude saves representing such numbness and detachment from physical ills? Not very exciting, but that makes it the polar opposite of my first idea.

    In case neither of these appeals, I'll just leave this here.

  17. - Top - End - #1097
    Titan in the Playground
     
    afroakuma's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    I may look into it after I finish doing something else tangentially related to this thread.

    Any new questions?

  18. - Top - End - #1098
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Menteith's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Minnesnowta

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Outside of granting their followers spells/items/boons, how do Deities enact their influence on the multiverse? Are there any "active" deities who are currently engaged in the field, or are standing fast against invaders?

    It just strikes me as odd that someone like Gruumsh isn't currently at the gates of Celestia or something.
    There is the moral of all human tales;
    'Tis but the same rehearsal of the past.
    First freedom and then Glory - when that fails,
    Wealth, vice, corruption - barbarism at last.
    And History, with all her volumes vast,
    Hath but one page...

  19. - Top - End - #1099
    Colossus in the Playground
     
    hamishspence's Avatar

    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Too busy invading Maglubiyet's cube on Acheron (and fending off Maglubiyet's invasions of his cube) maybe.
    Marut-2 Avatar by Serpentine
    New Marut Avatar by Linkele

  20. - Top - End - #1100
    Colossus in the Playground
     
    Flickerdart's Avatar

    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    NYC
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by hamishspence View Post
    Too busy invading Maglubiyet's cube on Acheron (and fending off Maglubiyet's invasions of his cube) maybe.
    Is "invading his/her cube" anything like "bumping uglies"?
    Quote Originally Posted by Inevitability View Post
    Greater
    \ˈgrā-tər \
    comparative adjective
    1. Describing basically the exact same monster but with twice the RHD.
    Quote Originally Posted by Artanis View Post
    I'm going to be honest, "the Welsh became a Great Power and conquered Germany" is almost exactly the opposite of the explanation I was expecting

  21. - Top - End - #1101
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    tadkins's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Over the course of a few days I've been reading this whole thread from page one, and I had now just finished. I must say it was very interesting, and I wanted to thank you all for the new info. :)

    And now, for a question. If someone wanted to establish a mining operation in the Elemental Plane of Earth, how would that play out? Is it actually feasible? Would it potentially be more profitable than doing it on a material plane world?

  22. - Top - End - #1102
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Seharvepernfan's Avatar

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Cydonia

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    So the shadow plane only "touches" the material plane and no others?
    Spoiler: Ironcage Keep
    Show
    Initiative:

    - Leo
    - Enemies
    - Frith (Light, 92 rounds), Obergrym (rage 5 rounds, 14/17 hp), Melrik - CURRENT
    - Enemies
    - Jade
    - Enemies

  23. - Top - End - #1103
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Larkas's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Seharvepernfan View Post
    So the shadow plane only "touches" the material plane and no others?
    IIRC, in 3.5 it touches the Astral as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by cerin616 View Post
    I just like to think that Smaug's "cry of pain" was "OH GOD, MY PRETTY! YOU HIT MY RIGHT IN THE PRETTY."
    Metal Perfection - a template for creatures born on Mirrodin.
    True Ferocity - a simple fix for Orcs and Half-Orcs.
    Monastic Magus - a spiritual successor to the Unarmed Swordsage.
    Pathfinder-ish Synthesist - a simple fix making Synthesist Summoners follow polymorph rules.
    Sword & Sorcery for Sneaky Scoundrels - rogue archetypes/fixes that aim to turn the rogue into a warrior/caster.

  24. - Top - End - #1104
    Titan in the Playground
     
    afroakuma's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Menteith View Post
    Outside of granting their followers spells/items/boons, how do Deities enact their influence on the multiverse? Are there any "active" deities who are currently engaged in the field, or are standing fast against invaders?

    It just strikes me as odd that someone like Gruumsh isn't currently at the gates of Celestia or something.
    Deities interact on the planes through the use of proxies, divinely-empowered representatives. They negotiate with planar rulers and one another and typically involve themselves in the protection of their home plane, should it come to that.

    Quote Originally Posted by tadkins View Post
    Over the course of a few days I've been reading this whole thread from page one, and I had now just finished. I must say it was very interesting, and I wanted to thank you all for the new info. :)
    Glad to be of service!

    And now, for a question. If someone wanted to establish a mining operation in the Elemental Plane of Earth, how would that play out? Is it actually feasible? Would it potentially be more profitable than doing it on a material plane world?
    You'd need to negotiate with the locals, whoever they were, and make sure you could protect your operation from hostiles/wandering xorn. That said, if you discover a wealthy vein of ore, it could prove tremendously profitable provided you have the startup capital.

    Quote Originally Posted by Seharvepernfan View Post
    So the shadow plane only "touches" the material plane and no others?
    It can "touch" other planes briefly, but it's only coexistent with (fully touching) the Material Plane.

  25. - Top - End - #1105
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Arcanist's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2012

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Can I travel from the Plane of Shadow to an Outer Plane since it touches the Astral? Say with "Shadow Walk"?
    Larloch, The Shadow King (w/ Ioun Stones) avatar by Iron Penguin

  26. - Top - End - #1106
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Flumph

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Montréal, Québec
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by 123456789blaaa View Post
    I just called it an elemental plane because that's what the article called it. The actual location is pretty strongly implied to be the far realm.

    Oooh shiny! (but...sanguineous wrath? )
    It's actually from Ravenloft before they axed the setting. There were four corruptions of classic elementals : Blood (Water), Pyre (Fire), Mist (Air) and Grave (Earth). Just see for yourself.
    Last edited by Zubrowka74; 2013-01-31 at 10:46 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by doko239 View Post
    Or be a Bard Lich and tell people you're Keith Richards
    If I'm a monk using lettuce as an Improvised Thrown Weapon, does that make me a salad-tosser ???
    Les Goblins Toxiques : A geek blog (in French) where I write about RPG, M:TG and such. Also has a podcast / radio show. RIP 2012 We had a great run but RL caught up with us!

  27. - Top - End - #1107
    Titan in the Playground
     
    afroakuma's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcanist View Post
    Can I travel from the Plane of Shadow to an Outer Plane since it touches the Astral? Say with "Shadow Walk"?
    No. You can move from the Astral to the Plane of Shadow or vice versa, but the only way to get from Shadow to an Outer Plane is physical astral travel (astral projection) unless you have an artificial point of contact to cross (a portal). Shadow walk cannot do it, and cannot be used on the Outer Planes.

  28. - Top - End - #1108
    Banned
     
    willpell's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Flickerdart View Post
    Is "invading his/her cube" anything like "bumping uglies"?
    My own question on Acheron, assuming an answer for it exists: why exactly does it take the form of floating iron cubes random distances from each other? Seems like sort of a random setting for a plane of pure Law with Evil tendencies; why shouldn't it be, say, an immense flat checkerboard of alternating black and gray squares, or a massive net of spiraling cords whose billowing follows a precise geometric algorhythm (which is known to the generals of the wars and used for tactical advantage)? Most of the Outer Planes, even if seemingly random at first glance, have fairly obvious mythological roots (Gehenna, Tartarus, the Happy Hunting Ground, the original greek conception of Xaos), but this one just seems like they pulled it out of a hat. Does it have a source I'm unaware of, or is it just random weirdness?

    To make the whole question more general, did any of the original designers ever discuss how they came up with the ideas for the cosmology?

    Quote Originally Posted by tadkins View Post
    And now, for a question. If someone wanted to establish a mining operation in the Elemental Plane of Earth, how would that play out? Is it actually feasible? Would it potentially be more profitable than doing it on a material plane world?
    The Dao actually have an immense mine called the Great Dismal Delve. I'm surprised Afro didn't mention it, but perhaps this was because (based on my distant recollection of the MOTP description of it, I may be imagining this but I thought it was at least subtexted if not outright admitted) it seemed to be less about actually procuring gems than about making the miners miserable to amuse the Usually NE dao, with the gems themselves being essentially baubles by the dao's standards (they can always Wish such things up for themselves or something, right?).

    Apologies if I've got this inaccurate, but it's something of a tradition of mine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zubrowka74 View Post
    It's actually from Ravenloft before they axed the setting. There were four corruptions of classic elementals : Blood (Water), Pyre (Fire), Mist (Air) and Grave (Earth). Just see for yourself.
    It becomes ever more apparent that Ravenloft must be coterminous with my campaign setting....

    In other news, Pancryptia, Panspermia, Glossolalia-Laliberte Thermostat. I am completely serious.

  29. - Top - End - #1109
    Colossus in the Playground
     
    Flickerdart's Avatar

    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    NYC
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by willpell View Post
    My own question on Acheron, assuming an answer for it exists: why exactly does it take the form of floating iron cubes random distances from each other?
    I'm sorry, what was that? I didn't hear you over the sound of how Lawful Evil we are.
    Quote Originally Posted by Inevitability View Post
    Greater
    \ˈgrā-tər \
    comparative adjective
    1. Describing basically the exact same monster but with twice the RHD.
    Quote Originally Posted by Artanis View Post
    I'm going to be honest, "the Welsh became a Great Power and conquered Germany" is almost exactly the opposite of the explanation I was expecting

  30. - Top - End - #1110
    Banned
     
    willpell's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: afroakuma's Planar Questions Thread! (You ask, I'll answer)

    That certainly makes a good post-hoc explanation, but I'm far from certain that it was actually the impetus. I don't recall which of STNG and 1ED&D goes back further, but I've never heard of the one actually influencing the other, despite many documented parallels to older (and usually book-form, apart from Star Wars) sources of sci-fi inspiration.

    Another question, more answerable this time, though not technically about the Planes at all, I'm just hoping Afro's impressive body of largely-Planes-related lore happens to contain this information as well. The Elans, present as they are in the (Expanded and possibly regular) Psionics Handbook, and given important additional backstory in the Psionic supplement to Tome of Magic. Were they originally created specifically for Third Ed's version of Psionics? In the likely event they weren't, what were they like when first presented? And, as the capstone to these lead-in questions, why are they a RACE instead of a template??? They're supposed to retain the memory of their previous lives, yet all of their game stats are set to those of a first-level character when they're given "the treatment" (I forget what the fluff calls it officially), and thus they have no Knowledge skills. (Leaving them potentially incapable of identifying themselves according to strict RAW, though in this amusing instance, that usually-dysfunctional fact might actually be appropriate.)
    Last edited by willpell; 2013-02-01 at 05:30 AM. Reason: too many asides, with commas, for my preferences, aesthetically speaking. Hyphens might-be more-fitting.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •