I have photos of the stuff I did when I had my studio, and other photos of note, INCLUDING a nail polish combination that is totally baatorian greensteel (that planescape verdigris metal colour), but not the cable to transfer it.
So I will write up some more ideas about planescape, but not the places I wanna do because I want scan some pictures and give you some heaps good random tables. So some other places that I can write up right now and not have much prep work done.
ANd people will look at these fruits I hatch from my Thought Organ and I will feel validation for something I do. Which is nice when you're having to pretty much abandon about 2 - 3 years worth of art work that you actually are quite proud of. And thus feeling sad and arsony.
The lawful good plane. Yup. This one is exciting. I just read the wiki on it to refresh my memory own it, but I just double forgot what I just read.
YEah So lets make it a huge Mountain. Maybe it already was? Or maybe it had a mountain on some of it. DOn't know , DOn't care. ANyway now it's a big mountain. Like super big. Planescape big.
THe river mcspishy splash um.. Oceancia or what ever goes around it's base. SO its like super mountain rising out of a beauty-full (and orderly) lake/river thing, and it's horizon is all misty and it's slightly cold and all very epic.
To traverse MT celestia is to travel through goat trails, and wide mountain passes, lush green plateaus , alpine forests, mighty (and orderly) waterfalls, handsome stone bridges. and blah blah.
Up the toppish somewhere is where the Nephilium live . The used to be called Archon, but then that's a better name for a sinister planar peoples, so Nephilum. THey are like Trumpet , sword, throne and have some powers and warm the seat nicely for some generic good super mooks.
So lets leave them there. Also keep whateva godhouses are littering up (but in an orderly fashion) the place here, Kord , and some kind of Couatl king and werfslkgflrdf
I wanna put something at the top of all this. While the Nephilium are like the rank and file and like a temp agency (but orderly) for the gods of justice and shit, I reckon there needs to be a super force that is the heart of the concept of this plane. Which is WOrthness, or Value, or Virtue or some old timey word that if you went around saying these days , people would also assume you to be a racist or some other bigot. Well I would, anyway, because I distrust old people in positions of authority. Actually , wait , I distrust young people in positions of authority too.
I DIGRESS , Mt Celestia , its about testing peoples mettle, and arcane codes of justice, and living up to standards. So it should have these mysterious armoured figures, who loom giantly and pronounce enigmatical judgements or bestowing boons or quests in order to raise up the forces of light, (in contrast to Elysiums "just chill the fuck out dude" and Arboreas , wait what the fuck was arborea again? Let me check.. Oh another magic forest , I'm going to lose it at magic forest so bad writing this, so Arboreas "run around in nice forest with no pants on Supreme Hippy Bullshit")
|I DON"T THINK YOU ARE ORDERLY ENOUGH TO LIVE HERE OH WEAK HUMAN GODS LETS SEE SOME PUSH UPS , ORDERLY FUCKING PUSH UPS|
|LO! THIS IS WHERE WE BUILT THE MOUNTAIN OF LAWFUL GOOD, FOR A MOUNTAIN TEACHES FACING ADVERSITY IN ORDER FOR A NICE VIEW AND A PLACE TO PUT A FLAG, AND THIS ARE THINGS I THINK ARE REAL IMPORTANT GUYS|
|PALADINS! I WANT TO SEE LESS MAGIC SWORDS + 5 AND MORE FISTICUFFS, OR MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST GO SIGN UP FOR YOUR FREAKING ELF EARS A COUPLE OF PLANES OVER|
Okay yes, you saw that coming. YEs Mt Celestia, Jack Kirby's Celestials , I'm so freaking clever.
Look, okay, Law at it's extremes will come across like complete batshit random, like these guys. and they had titles like the Calculator, The Prober, THe Judge etc.
So total Law and Good, you have to earn our attention, here's some cosmic law reason why we do fuck all blah blah.
So a epic quest would be having to climb Mt Celestia in order to get the Celestials attention and plead your case with them (say the players world is about to be cast into the sun because it's invested with demons and oozes), but all the god waiters and Nephilum would get all shitty with you for trying to go above them. And you would have fight or sneak up the mountain in order to have your audience with the Celestials. ANd if you succeed , you could get an awesome happening, where the sun is huge and red in the sky of your home, and the sky is full of Nephilium telling everyone off, and how it's there fault that the world needs to be burned, and KABLOOMERS the Celestial show up and go " OH THIS IS SO NOT HAPPENING, WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE? And then a epic curbstomp happens and all the righteous gods and smug angels get their butts handed (orderly) to them so damn hard , and the campaign world is forever got bits of gods and angels parts stuck in the mountains and stomped into the bedrock. ANd the evil gods and demon queen the world is like sweet , No Good Gods!, and The Celestials go "ALSO? YOU, YOU , AND YOU ARE NOW GODS OF GOOD. HERE'S YOUR MANUAL , FUCK IT UP AND GET DESTROYED UTTERLY" so then Jubilex the slime lord is stuck being the God Of bountyful harvests and Playing Well With Others and what not, and having to resist all the Celestial Level Geas dumped in on It and trying to be a shit to everyone but still following the Manual.
Actually I think that's what's happen to Planet Earth. Like it's not lakes of snot and viper trees, but it does seem like someones trying to sneak bastardness into the basic operating conditions all the time.
ALSO? Travelling around Mt Celestia involves constant "testing", so a bridge will break and you'll have to use team work to survive etc. The better you do at these tests, the faster you get anywhere on this plane. Assume one test for a quick a to b mission here, and a 1d6 tests for trying to go up to the next layer on the plane, oh wait I did not mention layers?
7th layer, THIS IS WHERE THE CELESTIALS ARE IT IS TOTAL SPACE CASTLE / \
6th layer, whatever dull ass gods, gets far more space castly and less noble mountain } |
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5th layer, the palaces of Nephilium, weapons and barracks for fighting evil _[| |]_/ \
4th layer the keeps of the Nephilium , orderly city and libarys / |
3rd layer has lesser Nephilium , instructional engravings, noble animals _/ \
2nd layer resting place of knights and has castles and keeps __ / |
1st layer, animals, simple villagers, gnomes, cliffs ___ / \
this is the lake oceanous wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww/ \w
Here's a table of Random Celestia's walking around oh what's that over there or blocking our progress or what have you?:
1:The test of bravery ; someone is in peril, like a small child hanging from a clifftop tree under a waterfall with big blocks of ice falling down it or a milkmaid being attacked by a Dire Cow that squirts milk that acts like a grease spell, or a landslide with a gnome village below(why is there evil on this plane? DUh testing...). THe test should appear threatening to the players, with a good chance of a maiming happening, if not out right death. If the players succeed by overcoming the obstacle , then the person they rescued tells them a short cut or gives them some healing milk . If they get smashed by the obstacle , maybe a Deva or a Nephilium helps them in the nick of time, gives them a condescending pat on the head or what have you.
Not attempting the test means the path taken gets way steeper, or it starts to rain, or snow, or it gets dark. Anything that's telling you the road of fear is harder in the long run.
2: Test of Kindness: Someone in need asks to borrow something like a backpack or a horse or something else annoying. Helping out means, they lose the item, but get to find a better version, sometime in the future. Eventually. Not helping that next time they need a favour from someone on this place, they don't get helped. In case it's not obvious play this plane like a patronizing moralizing, quantum ogre-ing wad of smug.
3. Test of Justice, There is some human knight dudes attacking some ork familys. But these are redeemed orks! Not breaking up the fight, attacking the orks, or killing the knights, means a fail. Fail means next time you go to sleep you wake up blind. For a day or so. BEcause without justice how will we find our way? Success means nothing. Justice is its own reward. Chuff Chuff Chuff.
4. The Test of robot bees, clockwork bees attack the party. Success means you did not get beaten up by the robot bees. Failure means you get beaten up by the robot bees. The moral here is Don't be Weak. ANd that Scrap Princess is already hating this table.
5. The Test Of Mercy: AN ogre or something attacks. NO wait an ettin . Yeah, an ettin, and when it's reduced to low hitpoints, it surrenders, but only one of the heads swears it will changes its ways.
Oh noes what a dilemma! If they let it live, thats a fail, and later like 1d4 ettins attack them. If they chop off the bad head and try and prevent it from bleeding to death (successful or not) that's a success , even if the good head dies, coz hey that's the brakes when you drive the evil bus.
If they drag the ettin around and try and talk the bad head into good headness (...) thats an A+ and they totally have an ettin to help them out while on Mt Celestia. MAybe this and justice should swap names? Meh
6.The test of Virtue: An nephilium shows up and is like "nah go back and take another path, youse are scum. Unless you can prove to me that you are not" Fighting the Nephilium is a fail. Attempting to tell the Nephilium all your good deeds is a fail (thats hubris baby), although if you have a favour owning from another test, that person totally shows up and goes "nah yeah these guys! Wow! These guys!" and that's a success and you get to where you are going faster. Turning around and walking the another path without complaint is a success. The path still takes slightly longer than it would other wise but the Nephilium will help out later maybe. Whining about the path means it takes ages and ages.
You get the idea, just go through some Just So or Aesop's fables, and use them. Espially the older ones that do not make a whole lot of sense.
Look heres a link
Okay I'm tired, someone wants their computer back, quickly heres some notes on the beastlands
This is full of animals , but the other layers should be for megafauna and dinosaurs, and then some layers for the animals that never happened, or could happen. Ditto plants and fungus.
Also a layer where everything is heaps big, so like blades of grass are the size of tall trees etc.
Once a year, its the BONEDANCE,
it goes real dark except for glowing fungus, and all the animals go to sleep and hide and then all these glowing animal skeletons run around and fight and have sex with each other and make entirely new composite animals with the bones getting stolen and eaten. And this is how ideas of new species get tested.
IF the players can stay alive through the bone dance, they can keep a single trophy like a jawbone or antler, that makes a great weapon, or can be grafted into something like masterwork or +1.
WIth the d.ms discretion more powerful trophys more powerful effects.
Protecting the plane as well as the Animal Lords, there can be summoned by the plane or the animal words, is Pantheroid , or a Lionoid or other animal, which is a gigantic lion or panther made up of lions or panthers in a terrifying cat composite.