Cosmological Notes for the Montporte Dungeon Campaign

The players are finding it necessary to understand a bit more about the nature of the universe in our Montporte Campaign, which means that I have had to come up with something. I am trying to keep it simple, mainly because I am simple. I used Google Translate to help me out with the names of the planes.

The Five Planes
The player characters recently learned about the five planes, sometimes called realms. They are:
  • Aarde: The plane where humans and their ilk dwell.
  • Ioucura: The plane of madness.
  • Syvyys: The plane of demons.
  • Umírající: The plane of the fey.
  • Zaj: The plane of dragons.
There are thought to be other worlds and locations beyond the five realms, but little is known of such places and even less is said.

The Four Elements
Air, Earth, Fire and Water serve as the fundamental building blocks of the five planes. They are the equivalent of our subatomic particles.

The Three Energies
Even as the universe is built with the four elements, it is infused and empowered by the three energies: Positive, Negative, and the life force, Chi.

The Two Provinces
There are two provinces: The Mundane and the Divine. The universe proper is of the Mundane. The Divine is completely outside of the universe but the beings of the Divine can participate and affect the Mundane through their followers.

Typically, the beings of the Divine are called "gods." Gods and their followers live in a symbiotic relationship, with the followers enabling the gods to intervene in the mundane universe while empowering their followers with divine magic and other abilities.

Arcane magic allows the caster to manipulate the four elements and three energies in order to cast spells. The techniques differ, depending on the caster, but arcane magic uses the power of thought and language to tap into the greater powers present in the elements and energies of the universe.

Druidic magic is similar to arcane magic except that the caster uses empathy and sympathy with the natural world instead of manipulation to cast spells.

Divine magic differs in that the caster is the conduit for divine power from outside the physical universe. Faith, ritual and holy symbols serve as the means by which one taps into this source of power.


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    1. Thanks, Trey. Every once and awhile I do okay.

      To answer the question you posed on my Google+ Page (How does chi relate to positive and negative energies? Is it a balance of the two or "orthogonal" to them?), I hadn't thought about it any detail, but if I had thought about it more, I would answer:
      (a) Good questions!
      (b) Chi arises out of a combination of the two energies.
      (c) My analogy for Chi is that arises out of universe the same way "the mind" or "consciousness" arises out of the three pounds of neurons and chemical soup in our brain. There has been much scholarly debate down through the centuries as to the exact nature of Chi and its relationship to the rest of the universe, particularly the two non-organic energies (positive and negative). Whatever the origin and nature of Chi, it can be manipulated in much the same ways as the other two energies via magic.

      Now my brain hurts. Or is it my mind that hurts?

  2. Somehow I missed this post. I agree with Trey, very well thought out.