Friday, May 9, 2014

Divulging the Elemental Planes

Surrounding Nocturion are the Elemental Planes of Oceanus, Spirtus, Terra Infinitus, and Ignis. The rulers of these planes are hostile, raging war with one another, which is why they leave Nocturion alone... for now.

Oceanus is an endless ocean, filled with all types of aquatic creatures. Numerous islands dot its surface but they are actually floating in the plane’s eternal currents. The skies are blue and clouds, light rain, and the occasional storm, stir the otherwise peaceful water surface. 

In the elemental plane of Spiritus, everything is floating. Here and there small islands of matter drift endlessly in the wind currents, with their own pockets of gravity holding together the soil and dirt. This elemental plane resembles a planet’s atmosphere without the surface. There are clouds, storms, whirlwinds, and tornados as manifestations of the Air element. The light comes from everywhere (there is no sun), resembling Earth’s clear blue skies in a good day or the darker hues while a storm rages.

Terra Infinitus is mostly solid matter, with the occasional pocket of air. Rich veins of gold, silver, mithril, and numerous precious gems are found throughout the plane, although their extraction is often difficult. The precious materials found throughout this plane illuminate the endless tunnels and caves with a soft bluish light which often confuses travelers from Nocturion.

The plane of Ignis is the hardest for the inhabitants of Nocturion to survive, because it is almost entirely set on fire. Rocks glow red hot, fire geysers sprout from the ground, gigantic firestorms rage in the distance and active volcanoes disgorge lava and ash from the bowels of the plane. Even fire occasionally rains down from the skies, turning unprotected travelers to cinders within minutes.

As an inhabitant of Nocturion, are you eager to explore the planes or apprehensive?

And so far, I've only described the terrain...

Next post: Inhabitants of the Elemental Planes

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