Interplanar Travel Idea


One of the neat things about planning a home-brew fantasy RPG setting is the opportunity to take pseudoscience or mystical mumbo-jumbo from our world and make it real in mine. One of my goals for the players in my library D&D campaign is to get them travelling between the Feywild, the Shadowfell, and the material plane of their world. I think I will borrow ideas from several of Stephen R. Lawhead's books that in turn use the idea of standing stones and ley lines as plot elements. After all, the world which my players inhabit is old. It has ruins and monuments from forgotten civilizations. It is also filled with desolate wastelands and more recent ruins as a consequence of more recent world history.

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I think the lore will be as follows:

There are standing stones and archways in forgotten corners of the world. These mark places where the boundaries between the planes are weak, and those with the proper equipment or unfortunate timing can cross through. A standing stone must be circled on foot until the tone from the chosen instrument falls silent. The view through an archway opening warps and twists, revealing glimpses of the other plane, and the way can be traversed until the tone dies. Without the right instrument, the process is hit-or-miss to say the least, and a success may result in an interplanar split party or other adverse consequences.

To reach the Shadowfell, the stone or arch must be struck with the Fork of Horripilation* as the day gives way to night, and twilight envelops the land. This artefact looks like a twisted wrought iron tuning fork, and it retains an unnatural cold even when thrust into a flaming furnace.

To reach the Feywild, the marker must be similarly struck with the Bell of Auroras, a copper handbell with a wooden handle that sprouts tiny vines and flowers along its length every spring. This bell has no clapper inside.

Obvious pitfalls for the player characters:

  1. The number and locations of these artefacts is unknown.
  2. The locations of the arches and standing stones are unknown.
  3. How to get back from these other planes is unknown.

I plan for these to be one-way keys, but the players and their characters may not know that.If they have both, they can move between the Shadowfell and the Feywild should they find appropriate markers on those planes, but they will need a third key to reach the material plane again. Can you think of other complications I can throw into the path of my players even after they start learning about the planes and the artefacts to traverse them? I have a green hag willing to offer partial truths, red herrings, or (for a price) useful prophesies already established in the game. I would also welcome ideas for the third planar gate key appearance and function. It needs to be similar to the fork and the bell, but distinct and somehow capable of exuding a sense of home for the players.


*Do you know what inspired the name of this artefact? Comment below!


Comments 19


Everyone loves a potentially helpful green hag!!!

01.11.2019 07:38
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You can always take a clue from the helm of teleportation and roll every time they use the portals (artifacts)
If it fails they could be split across the planes.
Or
The portal could explode trapping them
Or
It could send them to a new realm, pocket dimensions etc...

That is where I would start.

I ran a playbypost rpg last year here on Steem at #steemquest
I used portals with keys that only worked one way. You could browse the old posts to see how we did it.

Hope that helps get your creative juices flowing

01.11.2019 08:51
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This is much closer to real science than the stuff the spew in modern materialistic science books.

01.11.2019 15:17
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How the heck is this in any way "real science"? It can't be tested. It isn't falsifiable or verifiable. It is blatantly fictional.

02.11.2019 09:07
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When people start teleporting, then you will have your evidence.

It is that "Einstein science" that isn't testable.
We have to rely on the word of a large govern-cement test as proof.
But, since the govern-cement did them, and wrote the science books, everyone believes it.
Even when there are tons of little disproofs.

but, if you want to look for evidence, then you have to look into things that "Crack pots" are doing with quantum entanglement and such.

02.11.2019 15:22
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Special relativity has been widely tested, and the predictions of the theory have been verified on numeous occasions.

Yes, governments lie, but that does not mean everything anyone with government funding says 100% false.

If there are "disproofs," cite them. That is how science works. And how does modern quantun entanglement relate to ancient standing stones and ley line theory?

02.11.2019 16:12
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about half of my posts and comments are just such disproofs.

Now, if the govern-cement lies about subject A, and you know the lie for a fact.
and A→B→C→D where D is relativity, and you see signs of lying in B and C, what are the odds of D being a lie?

Special relativity has not been widely tested.
It is actually only a few big tests, and their evidence in not conclusive.
Further, there are better theories that describe the evidence better.

Lets take this piece, relativity was declared the best because it more accurately predicted the orbit of Mercury. to about 96%.
A female astronomer published a book recently, that has a theory that is 99.9999% accurate in predicting the orbit of Mercury. And it doesn't use relativity.

Another piece, the electric universe model predicts all kinds of phenomena we see in our solar system that relativity fell short on.

So, to me, when people say

Special relativity has been widely tested, and the predictions of the theory have been verified on numeous occasions.

i hear, "The govern-cement made all these tests and said that special relativity was tested and verified."

If you take away all those big govern-cement tests you are left with only one... which is better explained by the electric universe theory.

02.11.2019 16:37
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I have found this discussion thread fascinating... and so I am going to post this reply twice, once to @builderofcastles and once to @jacobtothe so that both of you notice this...

"Entangled particles transmit information between the two instantaneously. (again, faster than light)"

So, @builderofcastles, I have for years been seeking any repeatable designs for actually working tech that implements this. I've read about this from many sources, and would love to build a transceiver so I could keep in touch with my friends globally even in the event of an internet disruption...

I am no fan of govern-cement myself, and tend to believe Tesla rather then Einstein, but I would like to have the tech in hand in order to move the last 5% of my belief system into the Tesla corner...

Looking forward to any leads you may be able to supply. :D

03.11.2019 02:44
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Entangled particles is not very efficient in transmitting information. So, that path is really a dead end.

But, here is what you need. A magnetic jar and a way of selecting and handling one atom.
One way is to get a hydrogen atom and then give it enough energy so it splits in two. Then you got to get them to two separate places.

Currently they are just things that quantum physicists play with.


Fortunately, we had some helpful aliens try to tell us about an intergalactic transmitter.

We sent out a message into space
and then we got a reply in a crop circle. The Arecibo answer

http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/anasazi/fringe2014t.html

When we sent out the message, we showed our transmitter.
In their reply, they showed their transmitter.

Fortunately, the next year, the send an enhanced version of their transmitter.

This thing works via the structure of the aether.

Of course, modern materialistic science says the aether doesn't exist, so we have done much research into its form and response.


Now another piece is that Tesla's tower was also going to transmit information around the world. This is a different technology that relies on the earth's... i don't know what you would call it, but its capacitance structure. You vibrate this structure... the structure is the carrier wave, and it goes all around the earth.

03.11.2019 05:12
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Crop circles are human-created hoaxes. No credible evidence to the contrary has ever been presented.

03.11.2019 05:27
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Crop circles are created by a long distance force we humans haven't learned about. No credible evidence to the contrary has ever been presented.



But seriously, most artists couldn't even design the structures we have seen in crop circles.
The meaning, the depth, the compactness of information.
If the crop circles were human created, i would expect to see artwork of crop circles that were never made.

Further, crop circles, the real ones, are made by all the grass laying down. Not bent over. Not broken. Not trampled. The crop is still growing.

However, because we have free will, we are free to believe in crop circles or not.
Until we, as a planet, decide that it wasn't done by humans bending over crops, then it will always be in this gray area where you can believe or not.

BUT! If you want to keep your belief that these are man-created, then do not go looking into them. The information is far deeper and more complex then you would imagine. People who have come before you have said the same thing as you, until they started looking into it. Then it is like, OMG!

And what will you say when we create a universal transmitter and it looks just like that crop circle?

Unfortunately, we won't do that. First we have to accept that we aren't alone in the galaxy, then crop circles and how/who made them comes up, AND THEN we finally get to the transmitter. (but that's the limitations that free choice place on ya)

03.11.2019 06:09
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It's simple geometry. Nothing crazy. It's not exactly a secret who makes them.

03.11.2019 08:20
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So, if there were a tunnel straight through the earth from the US to either Australia or South Africa (~7800 miles long), at the speed of light, information would take at least 40 milliseconds to reach the other side.

Assuming we constructed a Tesla tower technology and placed an automated repeater station at the antipode with a translator, such that any time it received a byte of data, it would translate it according to a defined function and re-transmit it.

If the translated echo were received back at the originating station in less than 80 ms, that is a very easy to measure length of time.

In fact, even a distance as small as ten miles using a similar setup would be very easy to verify, as the round-trip time would be about 100 microseconds, also readily measured with off-the-shelf timing equipment.

So where do I find a design for the transmitter and receiver of such impulses? It would also be quite simple to factor out the time required to process the signals at either end of this circuit...

03.11.2019 06:11
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The thing is not something easily built over those kind of scales.
It is a bench top thing with a circuit of capacitors and resistors.
Like 5 feet long.

Its plans are out there under broken speed of light, or some such.

And really, it just works off the speed of magnetism which is faster than the speed of light.

We aren't getting into instantaneous communication with this project.

03.11.2019 06:17
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What a pity; we need a subspace communicator.

If the resistor/capacitor device is a model of reality, we ought to be able to do this over a distance with a suitable circuit...

Without experimental proof, you're going to have a hard time convincing anyone that Tesla beats Einstein.

03.11.2019 06:26
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I have found this discussion thread fascinating... and so I am going to post this reply twice, once to @builderofcastles and once to @jacobtothe so that both of you notice this...

"Entangled particles transmit information between the two instantaneously. (again, faster than light)"

So, @builderofcastles, I have for years been seeking any repeatable designs for actually working tech that implements this. I've read about this from many sources, and would love to build a transceiver so I could keep in touch with my friends globally even in the event of an internet disruption...

I am no fan of govern-cement myself, and tend to believe Tesla rather then Einstein, but I would like to have the tech in hand in order to move the last 5% of my belief system into the Tesla corner...

Looking forward to any leads you may be able to supply. :D

03.11.2019 02:44
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Delighted to discover another Lawhead fan... The first three books in his Arthurian retelling are among my favorite literature of a lifetime.

Never been much of a fantasy role-playing gamer, but if I had unlimited time I would give it a go. Did "Adventure" as a text game on computers back in the day...

😄😇😉
@creatr

03.11.2019 02:47
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This information is all over the internet, you are just copying

09.11.2019 16:07
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To the best of my knowledge, this is an original game mechanic and artefact set for a D&D campaign, and you're mad because I downvoted your blatant copy/paste laziness. If someone else has developed a similar idea, you could provide a link or otherwise support your claim. In gacy, that would be appreciated because it would mean less work for me in building a world for my players.

10.11.2019 09:41
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