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AstralPlane(3pp)

Contents[hide]
1Description
1.1AstralPlaneTraits
2GettingthereandBack
3SurvivalontheAstralPlane
4Features&Properties
4.1NaturalPortals
4.2Erratics
4.3Waystations
4.3.1Aethervanes
4.4AstralBarges
4.5Vaults
5Hazards
5.1AstralCurrents(CR0)
5.2AstralStorms(CR7)
5.3Starcs(CR12)
5.4Novas(CR=CRofcharacters)
6Locations
6.1TheOrrery
6.2TollboothofErthiz
6.3Eidolon
6.4TheSealofNever
7Denizens
7.1AetherMouths
7.2AstralParasites
7.3AstralWhales
7.4Celephates
7.5Exilarchs
7.6Psychomagnate
8AdventureSeeds

Description
AlsoknownastheGreatRealm,andwhileinfinitiesarepracticallycommon
throughouttheplanes,withtravellersspeakinggliblyofthebottomless
chasmoftheInfernoortheinfinitelyhotfiresoftheFirePlane,thesheer
sizeoftheAstralRealmisbeyond.Thegulfsbetweenstarsandtheslow
marchofalltimefromthefoundationoftheworldstotheirinevitableends
areasnothingcomparedtotheeternalvastnessoftheAstralPlane.
TheAstralPlaneisavoidsometimesshimmeringwhite,sometimes
coruscatingpurple,sometimesashiftingcolourthathasnonameinthe
tonguesofelforman.Itcontainsmoredemiplanes,pocketrealmsand
portalsthananyotherplane.Therestoftheplanesallthatexist,savethe
FarRealmsfloatamidtheGreatRealmandthustheAstralPlaneis
coterminouswithallothers.Italsoservesasthegreathighwayofthe
planes,andtravellersofallsortsarecommon.TheAstralPlanesTimeand
ArcanetraitscombinetoQuickenallspellscastontheplane.

AstralPlaneTraits

Subjectivedirectionalgravity:Thestrengthofgravityonaplanewiththis
traitisthesameasontheMaterialPlane,buteachindividualchoosesthe
directionofgravityspull.Suchaplanehasnogravityforunattended
objectsandnonsentientcreatures.Thissortofenvironmentcanbevery
disorientingtothenewcomer,butiscommononweightlessplanes.
Charactersonaplanewithsubjectivedirectionalgravitycanmovenormally
alongasolidsurfacebyimaginingdownneartheirfeet.Ifsuspendedin
midair,acharacterfliesbymerelychoosingadowndirectionand
fallingthatway.Undersuchaprocedure,anindividualfalls150feetinthefirstroundand300feetin
eachsucceedinground.Movementisstraightlineonly.Inordertostop,onehastoslowonesmovement
bychangingthedesignateddowndirection(again,moving150feetinthenewdirectioninthefirstround
and300feetperroundthereafter).
IttakesaDC13Wisdomchecktosetanewdirectionofgravityasafreeactionthischeckcanbemade
onceperround.AnycharacterwhofailsthisWisdomcheckinsuccessiveroundsreceivesadvantageon
subsequentchecksuntilheorshesucceeds.
Timeless:Age,hunger,thirst,poison,andnaturalhealingdontfunctionintheAstralPlane,thoughthey
resumefunctioningwhenthetravelerleavestheAstralPlane.

GettingthereandBack
AlmosteverytravelspellmaybeusedtoaccesstheAstralPlane.Evenahumbledoor,ifcastintherightplace,
canopenawayontotheGreatRealm.Therealsoexistspellssuchasastralprojectionwhicharespecifically
designedtobringtravellerstotheAstralPlane.
TheAstralPlanenevermingleswithotherplanesundernormalcircumstances,althoughmagicalaccidentscan
bringabouttemporaryvortices.SuchincidentsarequicklyrepairedbythePlanewrights.Naturalportalstothe
AstralPlanearerare,andusuallyoccurwherethefabricofrealityhaswornthinorlargenumbersofentitieshave
usedplanartravelspells.

ThereareaninfinitenumberofnaturalportalsleadingfromtheGreatRealmtootherplanes.Theseareknownas
colourpools.TheyformanddissolverandomlyasstormsrunacrosstheAstralPlane.

SurvivalontheAstralPlane
SurvivalisrelativelyeasyontheAstralPlanetherealmistimeless,socharactersneednoteat,drink,breatheor
evensleepiftheydonotwantto.Decay,illness,eventheonsetofpoisonishaltedontheAstralPlane.Dyinghere
takeseffort.
Thatisnotalwaysablessing.TheAstralPlaneisalmostcompletelyempty.Matterconsistsonlyofafewrare
islandsofstone.Whilethesubjectivegravityoftheplaneallowstravellerstoflyatgreatspeed,theastralgulfs
aremuch,muchtoolargeforacharactertogetanywherebycontrolledfallingalone.
Magicsuchasteleport,anaccurateplaneshiftoranastralvesselispracticallyarequirementforsurvival.
UnpreparedtravellerswhodoortotheAstralPlanecanfindthemselvesinthemiddleofaninfinitenowhere.
Neitherstarvationnoragewilltakethem,sotheymustwaitforaneternityunlesstheyhavesomemeansofcalling
foraid(orkillingthemselves).Travellersusingastralprojectionhaveanotherproblemtodealwiththesilvercord
thatlinkstheprojectedformtothetravellersrealbody.Ifthecordiscut,thecharacterisslain.

Features&Properties
ThedominantfeatureoftheAstralPlaneisitssheeremptiness.Atravellercanfallforweeksandseenothingbut
theendlessshiftingfractalpatternsoftheplane.TheonlycreaturescommonlyencounteredareAstralParasites,
minorverminattractedtoconsciousminds.

NaturalPortals
Portalstorandomplanesmanifestinthewakeofastralstorms,starcs,andpsychicorarcanenovas.These
portalsrespondtoconsciousthoughtbyconcentrating,acharacterwithinrangeofaportal(rangeequalsthe
charactersCharismascorex10feet)cancausetheportaltobecometranslucentandallowastralcharactersto
seetheotherplane,ormaketheportalopenorclose.Iftwocharacterstrytocontrolaportalatthesametime,
useanopposedConstitutionchecktodeterminewhowins.Ifaportalisopen,anastralcharactercanstep
throughontothedestinationplane.TheportalisnormallyonewayacharactercanonlygofromtheAstraltothe
otherplane.However,for1d4roundsafteracharacterhassteppedfromtheportal,theportalcanbeusedto
reachtheAstralPlane.Theportalisinvisiblefromthefarside.UsetheRandomPlaneTabletodeterminewherea
portalleads.

Erratics
ErraticsarethefreefloatingchunksofmatterthatdottheAstralPlane.Mostarelumpsofstonewhichhavebeen
shearedawayfromthePlaneofEarthoradecayingdemiplane,buttherearepocketsofemptyair,globesof
waterorspheresofeternalflamedriftingthroughtheAstralPlane.Mostsoliderraticsareinhabitedbythevarious
denizensoftheGreatRealm,whilewateryorfieryerraticsaretappedtorefuelandresupplyastralbargesgoing
onvoyagestoplaneswithanormalTimetrait.

Waystations
Waystationsareinhabitederraticsthathavebeenclaimedbyoneoftheastralcivilisationsorguilds,suchasthe
Wayfarers.Asmallwaystationlookslikeaborderfortclingingtoafloatingrock,withseveralstrangeastralbarges
dockedatarchedmetallicspinesthatsproutfromthefort.Largerwaystationscanhavethousandsofinhabitants.
Themainfeatureofawaystationisitsaethervane,acomplexassemblageofcrystals,brassrods,cogsand
gauges.AethervanesaresensitivetothedistortionscausedbytheopeningandclosingofportalsontheAstral
Plane.Askilledaethervaneoperatorcandetectaportalopeningmillionsofmilesaway.Thewaystationssend
theirastralbargestotheseportalstopickuptravellers.
Insideawaystation,atravellermayexpecttofindasmallgeneralstoresellingsupplies(althoughfoodanddrink
arerarelysold),roomstorent,acommon

TableWaystationSizesSizePopulationGPLimitDefencesDiminutive285gpTwo1stlevelfightersorwarriors
onaBargeTiny94020gpFour1stlevelfightersledbya3rdlevelFighter,accompaniedbya1stlevelclericor
sorcererSmall419050gpTen1stlevelfightersledbytwo3rdlevelfighters,accompaniedbya2ndlevelcleric
andsorcererMedium91200100gpDoublethedefencesofaSmallstation,plusthreewizardswithwandsof
fireballLarge201500250gpDoublethedefencesofaMediumstation,plusanastrallongshipHuge5011,200
750gpDoublethedefencesofaLargestation,plusboundguardianmonsterssuchasarrowhawksGargantuan
1,2012,5001,500gpDoublethedefencesofaHugestation,plusanastralwarshipColossal2,501+5,000gp
DoublethedefencesofaGargantuanstation,plusachainlightningcannon

RandomWaystationTable(Rollonceforeachcolumn)
d12 Size
Inhabitants
Demeanour Twist
1 Diminutive Humans
Welcoming Allastralbargesaremissing.
2 Tiny
Humans
Greedy
Strangediseaseonboard.
3 Small
Elves
Nervous
Stationisthreatenedbyamonster.
4 Small
Gnomes
Hostile
Stationisthreatenedbyinvaders.
6 Medium
Celephates
Confused
Aethervaneismalfunctioning.
7 Medium
Psychomagnates Wary
Magicalitemsforsale.
8 Large
Undead
Festive
Stationcrewarepirates.
9 Large
Constructs
Bored
Stationcrewareinsane.
10 Huge
Mixedrace
Preoccupied Portalhasopenedwithinthestation.
11 Gargantuan Mixedrace
Mournful
Stationisinthegripofcivilwar.
12 Colossal
Mixedrace
Religious
Allisasitseems.

Aethervanes
Anaethervaneweighsatleast1,000lb.,andcosts2,000gp.Itisanonmagicalcontraption,createdusingthe
Craft(aethervane)skill.TheaethervaneisoperatedusingtheProfession(aetherist)skill(acharactercanusethe
Spellcraftskillinstead,butallDCsareincreasedby+5).Thefollowingactionscanbeperformedusingan
aethervane:
DetectNearestPortal(DC11):Theaethervanedetectsthenearestportal(whichwillusuallybe1d100x
1d100milesaway).
PlotPortals(DC12):Theaethervanedetectsallactiveportalswithin100,000miles.
PlotCourse(DC10):Theaethervaneoperatorcanplotacoursetoaspecificportaltoguideabargeor
teleportspell.
ExaminePortal(DC13):Theaethervaneoperatorcanexaminetheauraofaportalasifhewereobserving
itusingdetectportal(seepage27).
room,aplacetobookpassageonanastralvesselandthechambercontainingtheaethervane.Asgravityis
subjectivehere,chamberstendtobeputtomultipleusesacraftsmanonawaystationmighthavehisbedand
personaleffectsattachedtothefloorofaroom,andhistoolsandworkareaontheceilingwhenhegoesto
work,hesimplyreverseshispersonalgravityandmakestheworkareaintothefloor.Waystationscanbe
surprisinglywellequippedfortheirsize.

AstralBarges
ThesheersizeoftheAstralmakesmundanemodesoftransportuseless.Magicis,therefore,theonlyeffective
option.ThefamedvesselsthattraversetheGreatRealmareknownasastralbarges,althoughtheyareoften
muchtoolargeandornatetobeproperlycalledahumblebarge.Thebargesworkbyskimmingalongthesurface
oftheAstralPlane,usingthesameprinciplesasthedimensiondoorspell.Thebargesarepoweredbythewillof
thecrew,somostbehavelikeoaredvessels,therowersusetheirWisdominsteadofStrengthtorow.
Thespeedattainablebyastralbargesisextraordinarythevesselsflitinandoutofthedimensionsandattain
velocitiesgreaterthaneventheswiftestairelemental(uptofivethousandmilesperday).However,themagical
fieldthatpropelsthebargeisveryfragileifonebargecomeswithintwodozenmilesofanother,bothareslowed

tothespeedofamundanevessel.Therefore,shippingroutesontheAstralPlanearecarefullyplannedand
interceptionsandpiracyarecommon.
Someastralbargesareconvertedfromseagoingvessels,whileotherswerebuiltontheAstralPlane,andlooklike
nothingthateversailedafterall,theyneednostreamlinedhullnorsails.Acargoship,forexample,mightbe
nothingbutfourwoodencanoescontainingthepsychicrowers,withahugenetstrungbetweenthem.
Theheartofanastralbargeistheastralkeel,themagicaldevicethatpropelsthebarge.Mostkeelsaredrivenby
thewilloftherowers,exceptformagekeels(whichdrainspellslotseachspellslotgivesasmuchpushasone
rower)andbindingkeels(whichrelyonmagicallyboundcreaturesofhighWisdomsuchasgynosphinxes).
ModerateconjurationCL7thCreateWondrousItem,dimensiondoorPrice28,000gp.

Vaults
TheGreatRealmislitteredwiththedetritusofancientplanarempiresitisthecrossroadsofcreation,so
thousandsofbattleshavebeenfoughtinitschangelessskies.Occasionally,atravellerhappensacrossthecorpse
ofsomewarriorslaininabattlelongagothebodyisaswholeandfreshasitwaswhenthedeathblowwas
struck,forthereisnotimeontheAstralPlane.Mostoftheserelicshavelongsinceeitherbeenpickedcleanof
treasureandmagic,orhavedriftedoffintothemoreremoteregionsoftheplaneandbeenforgotten.
Vaultsareadifferentandfarmoredangerousmatter.Alonglostcivilisationhadthecustomofentombingits
vanquishedfoesinmagicallysealedvaultsinsteadofmerelykillingthem.Thesevaultsblockedescapefrom
within.ThetrappedcreatureswouldfloatthroughtheAstralPlaneformillenniauntiltheytooktheirownlivesa
fittingpunishmentfortheenemiesofthegreatestempireinallcreation(sadly,nolivingsagehaseverlearnedthe
nameofthisancientcivilisation).
Allvaultsareidenticalcubesofblackmarblefloatingthroughtheastralgulf,withasinglesealeddooroneach
sideleadinginwards.Whenexaminedwithdetectmagic,thevaultradiatesancientmoderateconjurationand
abjurationmagic.Thevaultcannotbeenteredusinganysortofdimensionaltravel,astheinsideofthevaultis
lockedwithadimensionalanchoreffect.However,thedoorofavaultcanbeopenedbyathief(OpenLock,DC11
+1d10)andthecontentslootedassumingthevaultsprisonerisnotstillalive.Todetermineifthevictimisstill
alive,havethedenizensofthevaultmakeConstitutionsaves(DC10+1d10)ifthesavesucceeds,thedenizens
haveenduredthecenturies.

RandomVaultTable
1d8 Prisoner
Possessions&Treasure
CR
1 BeardedDevil Amuletofnaturalarmour+1,400gp,fourvialsofcontactpoison
3
(nitharit,initialdamage0,secondarydamage3d6Con,ConstitutionsaveDC
11).Thevialsofpoisonareattachedtothefrontofthecharacterandbreak
ifhesuccessfullygrapplesanopponent.
1 NPC,Gladiator None.
5
3 BarbedDevil Threeelementalgems,oneeachofEarth,AirandWater,500gp.
5
4 Twowights
None.
6
5 SpiritNaga
500gp,ornamentalnecklaceworth500gpcontainingabeadofforceanda 8
potionofcureseriouswounds.
6 SixQuasits
None.
7
7 Djinni
Ornamentallampworth1,500gp.
11
8 PitFiend
3,000ppfortysoulrubies,worth1,000gp,studthefiendstail+3
20
flamingmorningstar,cloakofresistance+5.

Hazards
TheAstralPlaneistimelessandseeminglyunchanging,butiscapableofsuddenandshockingburstsofviolence.
Mostvoyageswillgountroubled,buttheunfortunateexceptionfacestheterriblewrathoftheGreatRealm.

AstralCurrents(CR0)

AstralCurrents(CR0)
TheseareflowsofenergywithintheAstralPlane.Atravellerfallingalongoneofthesecurrentsmovestenor
moretimesfasterthannormal.Thereisa20%chancethatacurrentbringsthecharactertowardsausefulportal,
a20%chanceitisdragginghimawayfromaportalrichregionanda60%chancethatthecurrentissimply
meanderingthroughtheplane.Monstersoftenhuntalongsuchcurrents,andastralbargesusesuitablecurrents
tospeedtheirpassage.TheaverageEncounterLevelisincreasedbytwoalonganastralcurrent.

AstralStorms(CR7)
Anastralstormisaheraldedbyasuddenstrangewindstrangebecausethereisnormallynostrongwindonthe
Astral.1d6roundslater,1d100milesoftheGreatRealmeruptsintoaseethingchaos.AnAstralStormhasboth
mentalandphysicaleffectsontravellerscharacterscaughtinastormmustmakeaConstitutionsaveanda
Wisdomsave,bothatDC12+1d3.
IfacharacterfailstheConstitutionsave,heisblownoffcoursefor1d4+1days.Astrallyprojectingcharactersmust
makeanadditionalConstitutionsaveatthesameDCordieastheirsilvercordsnaps.
IfacharacterfailstheWisdomsave,hismindisblastedbythechaoticenergiesoftheastralstorm.Heisstunned
for1d6hours,andhas1d4languagesreplacedbyanequalnumberofrandomlanguages.Spellcasterswhofail
theWisdomsavehave2d10randompreparedspellsorunusedspellspotsreplacedbyanequalnumberof
randomspells(thesereplacementspellsdonothavetobeonesthecasterknowstheyaresimplypsychicjunk
vomitedintothecharactersbrain).
Acharacterwhofailsbothsavesissweptthroughaportalintoarandomplane.
Theenergiesofanastralstormopenup2d10portalsintorandomplanes.Thestormalsoattractsswarmsof
astralparasites,someofwhichaccidentallyswimintotheseportalsandaredestroyed.Theportalsbecometwo
wayportalsforabrieftimeandcreaturesormatterfromtheotherplanesmayfallontotheAstralPlane.Thisis
howmosterraticsform,andthereisa10%chancethatastormleaves1d4newerraticsinitswake.Afleetof
astralbargeslookingforusefulerraticsshowsupsoonafterastormclears.

Starcs(CR12)
Oppositesattract.
WhenoneoftheoppositesistheinfinitefuryofthePositiveEnergyPlane,andtheotheristheequallyinfiniteand
hatefulvoidoftheNegativeEnergyPlane,thisattractioncanbelethal.Astarcoccurswhenanastralcurrent
carriesPositiveEnergyclosetotheNegativePlane,orviceversa.Huge,thousandmilewide,tendrilsofenergy
lashoutfromoneplane,seekinghungrilyfortheother.Thesetendrilsareeasyenoughtoavoid,astheymove
quiteslowlyuntiltheyclosetowithinamileofeachother.Then,theformationofthestarcisimminent.
Foranunfortunatetravellercaughtinthemiddle,betweenthetwotentacles,astarclookslikeahostof
whirlwinds,occupyinganarea5+1d10milesinradius.HalfofthewhirlwindsreachupfromtheNegativeEnergy
PlaneandaredarkandeerietheotherhalfextenddownfromthePositiveEnergyRealmandburnwithaterrible
light.Astarclastsfor20+2d20roundsbeforegrounding.Eachround,rollontheStarcImpacttableforeach
traveller.
AcharactercanattempttofallintoPositivetendrilsthisisamoveaction,andmeansthataresultofnoneon
theStarcImpacttablebecomesaresultofPositiveTendril.
Whenastarcgroundsitself,themaintendrilsofPositiveandNegativeenergyfindeachotherandcanceleach
otherout.Theresultisamassiveexplosionofforce.Anycharacterswithintheareaofeffectofthestarcaredealt
10d10pointsofforcedamage(Constitutionsave,DC17forhalf).
Thereisa5%chancethatastarcleavesaplanarseed(seepage228)behindafteritgroundsitself.

StarcImpact
Roll Danger

Effect

17 None
812 PositiveTendril

13
17
18
20

NegativeTendril
MinorStarc
Discharge

None.
CharactermustmakeaDexteritysave(DC13)orgain2d10hitpoints.If
thisbringsthecharacterabovehismaximumhitpointtotal,hecontinues
to
gaintemporaryhitpointsthatvanishafteroneday.Ifthecharacter
reaches
twicehismaximumhitpointtotal,heexplodes.
CharactermustmakeaDexteritysave(DC13)orlose2d10hitpoints.A
deathwardspellguardsagainstthiseffect.
ThecharacteriscaughtbetweentwotendrilsofPositiveandNegative
energythatarecancellingeachotherout.Thedetonationdeals3d10
points
offorcedamagetothecharacter(Constitutionsave,DC12forhalf
damage).

Novas(CR=CRofcharacters)
AnovaisafluctuationinthefabricoftheAstralPlane,causedbyanexcessofarcaneorpsychicpowerbeing
expendedinoneplace.Apotentialnovabeginswhenacharacteruseshishighestlevelarcanespellorpsychic
power(lowerlevelspellscaneasilybecontrolledbythecharacter,andsohavealmostnochanceofleaking.Roll
anovacheck(1d20+thelevelofthespell)againstDC20ifthecheckissuccessful,anovaforms.
Ifanotherhighestlevelspellorpowerisusedwithin300feetofwherethefirstwasused,makeanothercheck,
addingthelevelsofthearcanespellsorpowerstogether,andsubtractingoneforeveryroundthathaselapsed
sincethefirstabilitywasused.Subsequentspellusesalsoaddtothetotalinthesameway.
Example:Three5thlevelwizardsareduellingontheAstralPlane.Onecastshasteonhimselfthisishishighest
levelspell,sotheGamesMastermakesanovacheck,rolling1d20+3againstDC20.Thecheckfails.Nextround,
theothertwowizardscastdispelmagicandfireballatthehastedwizard.Twomorenovachecksaremade.The
firstisat+5(thirdleveldispelmagic+thirdlevelhasteoneelapsedround),whilethesecondisat+8(thirdlevel
dispelmagic+thirdlevelhaste+thirdlevelfireballoneelapsedround).Thethirdchecksucceeds,andanova
forms.
Anovalastsforanumberofroundsequaltothemodifiertotherollthatcreatedit,soourexamplenovawilllast
eightrounds.Anovamanifestsasanexplosionofcracklingcolour,centredonthecharacterwhosespellorpower
tippedthebalance.Thenovaextendsfor1d6x100feetinalldirections.Anyarcanespellcastersorpsionic
characterswithintheareaofeffectofthenovamustmakeaConstitutionsavingthrow(DC15)eachroundorthe
novaforcesthemtocastanarcanespellorbegintomanifestapower.Thecastermaychoosewhicharcanespell
orpowertouse,buthemustcastaspellormanifestapowerifable.Especiallypotentnovascandrainawizardof
allhisspells.
AcharactercastinganarcanespellmaymakeaArcanacheck(DC12+onehalfthelevelofthespell)to
dampenitandensurethatitdoesnotcontributetowardstriggeringanova.IfthisArcanacheckisfailed,thespell
islost.

Locations
TheAstralPlaneishometonumerousempiresofgreatstrength,sizeandantiquity,encompassingthousandsof
erraticsandwaystations.Exilednationsofhumans,exilarchs,elves,dragons,celephates,titansandstranger
creaturesclaimownershipovervaststretchesoftheAstralPlanebutthesizeoftheGreatRealmmakesthese
empiresappearasgrainsofsandfloatinginthesea.

TheOrrery
Thegreatestwaystation,theOrreryandtheNeverbuiltCityaredescribedonpage184.

TollboothofErthiz

TollboothofErthiz
ThetollboothisactuallyaColossalironconstruct,coveredwithbloodstainedbladesandviciousspikes.Erthizis
a32HDglabrezuexiledfromtheInfernumforunknownreasons.Histollboothincorporatesamagicalaethervane
thatcandetectportalsandgatesopeningovervastdistances,andcanevendiscernthecurrentconditionofthe
characteractivatingtheportal.IfErthizdetectsaninjuredorweakcharacteropeningaportaltotheAstralPlane,
heteleportsthetollboothsothattheexittotheportalleadsintothetollboothsmouth.
Fromtheunfortunatetravellersperspective,theportaldoesnotopenontotheAstralPlaneinstead,itleadstoa
steelchamber,withasingledoorandalargealtarinthecentre.Theglabrezudemandsthattravellerspayatoll
(usually5,000gpingoldormagicitems).Ifasuitabletollisplacedonthealtar,thetollboothvanishes.Otherwise,
thedooropens,leadingtoagauntletofprogressivelymoredangeroustrapsandmonsters.Ateachstage,Erthiz
offersthetravelleranotherchancetopaythetoll,whichincreasesby5,000gpaftereachdoormosttravellers
refuseatfirst,butpayupasthedangersintensify.
Despitehisdemonicnatureandmercenaryattitude,Erthizisnotespeciallyevil,andheisextremely
knowledgeableonthesubjectofportalsandplanartravel.Healsopayshandsomelyfornewandraremonstersto
stockhistollbooth.

Eidolon
TheEidolonisthelargestastralbargeeverbuilt,afloatingcityofunparalleledluxuryanddecadence.Itwasonce
intendedastheroyalvesselforaparticularlyrichastralempire,butthebuildingofEidolonbeggaredthewhole
nation.Theshipwasthenpurchasedbyaconsortiumofdeitiesfortransportingsouls.Tokeeprunningcosts
down,theupperdecksofEidolonarestillasbeautifullydecoratedandasfilledwithindulgentdistractionsasthey
werewhentheshipwasfirstbuilt,butthelowerdeckshavebeenstrippeddowntothebulkheadstocraminas
manylostsoulsaspossible.NowEidoloncruisesthroughtheAstralPlane,carryingamixedloadofsoulsandrich
travellers.ItdocksatportalstoeachoftheOuterPlanesinturn,tooffloadthesoulsdestinedfortheafterlife,thus
allowingthecruisepassengerstotourtheplanes.
Eidolonisgenerallyrecognisedasaneutralplace,whereagentsofthevariousgreatpowerscanmeetanddeal
witheachother.Somegodseventravelincognitoonboard,lesttheyberecognisedbythousandsoftheir
worshipperspackedintothehold.

TheSealofNever
WhilemostoftheportalsontheAstralPlanearetemporarypools,thereareafewpermanentgatewaystoother
planes.ThemostfamousisonethatgoesnowheretheSealofNever.TheSealisacircularmetalslabseven
milesacross,andengravedwithamessageinCelestialreading:
WhatWasPromisedLiesBeyondThisGateForThoseWhoKnow.
Thecrypticinscriptionhasattractedsagesandthievesfromacrossthecosmos,alltryingtoopenthegate.Asmall
city,Telos,hasgrownuponthesurfaceoftheseal.Thetwohundredfootwideravinesoftheinscriptionhave
beencolonised,andthebuildingsofTelosarelocatedwithinthemessage.Eachletterisadifferentdistrict,soa
TelosianmightadviseatravellertotrythethirdSforblacksmiths,ortheGtempledistrictforclerics.
Telos(SmallCity):ALLN15,000gplimitAssets5,625,000gpPop7,500Integrated(practicallyanyrace
imaginable).PowerCentres:PhilosophersGuild(LN),TnazzintheLocksmith(PsychomagnateKing,CN).

Denizens
TherearerelativelyfewcreaturesnativetotheAstralPlaneitisarealmofexilesandwanderers.Thenative
creaturesspendalltheirlivesinaworldwithoutgravity,sotheydrownwithinminutesifbroughttoaplanewitha
highGravitytrait.

AetherMouths

Toyourhorror,teethsproutalongtheedgesofthecolourpool,anditsnapsatyou.Amassivebulkheavesitself
outoftheastrallandscapeandclawsatyou.
Aethermouthsarecuriouspredatorsthatdisguisethemselvesasnaturalportals.Theycancamouflagemostof
theircorpulentformstolookidenticaltotheshiftingenergiesoftheAstralPlane,leavingonlytheirglowingoval
mouthsvisible.Themouthlooksexactlylikeaportal.TravellersarepermittedaWisdom(Perception)check
(opposedbytheaethermouthsDexterity(Stealth)check)tonoticethetinyimperfectionsintheAstralPlane
aroundtheportal.CharactersexaminingtheportalwitharcanesightmayuseSpellcraftinsteadofSpot.Any
characterwalkingthroughtheportalisactuallywalkingrightintothecreaturesstomach,andisautomatically
SwallowedWhole.
Aethermouthsaresometimescapturedandforcedtogateincreaturesfromotherplanes,butthebeastssoon
sickenanddieincaptivity.
Aethermouthswaitforfoodtowalkthroughthem,bymimickingportalstootherwelltravelledplanes.They
sometimespretendtobeportalstooneplane,waittoseeifatravellertakesthebait,thenclosetheirmouth,
scuttleashortdistance,andopenaportaltoadifferentplaneashortdistanceaway.Ifthedeceptionfailsandthe
aethermouthmustfight,itextrudesclawsandsummonsdefenders.
MimicVariant:AetherMouth
Anaethermouthhasthefollowingchanges:
SizeHuge
HitPoints76(9d12+18)
InnateSpellcasting:TheaethermouthsinnatespellcastingabilityisCharisma.Itcaninnatelycastthe
followingspells,requiringnomaterialcomponents.Ithasthefollowingdruidspellsprepared:
3/day::conjureanimals(Anyanimalsoconjuredhasaflightspeedequaltoitslandspeedorswim
speed.)

AstralParasites
Thiscreatureisamessoflittlebarbedtentacles,eyes,mouthsandfinsitseemstobenothingbutappendages,
withnorealbodyatall.
AstralparasitesaretheverminoftheGreatRealm,aspecies(orrather,hundredsofsimilarspecies)thatgraze
contentedlyonstraythoughts,emotionsandmagicalemanationsthatflowthroughtheAstralPlane.Theyare
spawnedintheirmillionsfromstarcsandothermajorastralevents,andswarmthroughtheplaneinvasthosts.
Theyarealmostuselessasafoodsource,asonlyothernativecreaturescandigesttheenergiesofadying
parasite.Theyvanishsecondsafterbeingslain.
Astralparasitesareonlydangerouswhentheyfocusonaparticularcharactersmind.Aswarmofparasitescan
suckupstraythoughtsandemotionsusingtheirpsychicdrainability.Theswarmcanbedrivenoffbykilling30+
1d20%ofitsmembers.
OctopusVariant:AstralParasite
Anastralparasitehasthefollowingchanges:
TypeAberration
Speedfly30ft.
Theastralparasitegainsthefollowingaction:
PsychicDrain:Anastralparasitecantargetacharacterandfeedoffhismind.Foreverytwenty
parasitesfeeding,thecharactersuffersa1penaltytoallWisdomsaves.

AstralWhales
Amassivecreatureglidespastitresemblesawhale,butitsiridescenthideiscoveredinstrangeprotrusionsand
danglingtendrils.
Astralwhalesfeedonparasitesjustasbaleenwhalesfeedonplankton.

KillerWhaleVariant:AstralWhale
Anastralwhalehasthefollowingchanges:
SizeGargantuan
HitPoints138(12d20+12)
Speedfly60ft.
Theastralwhalegainsthefollowingaction:
GravityPulse:Theastralwhaleemitsapulseofenergyinacone360feetlongand120feetwide.Any
creaturescaughtintheconemustmakeaConstitutionsave(DC12)orbeunabletousetheSubjective
GravitytraitoftheAstraltomovefor1d12rounds.NativeastralcreatureswithaFlyspeedcannotmove
iftheyfailthesave.Astralwhalesareimmunetothegravitypulsesofotherwhales.

Celephates
Thisentityisagiant,floatingstonehead,aboutfivefeettall.Lightingcracklesinitsemptyeyesockets,andits
cavernousmouthglowsreddishorangewhenitlaughs.
CelephatesareamongthemorecuriousentitiesencounteredontheAstralPlane.Theyarefloatingstoneheads,
withboominglaughsandforcefulpersonalities.Theyareacuriousandboastfulrace,alwaysgettingintotrouble
andflauntingtheirpowerandintelligence.Theyarealsoextremelyknowledgeable,famedfortheirlearning.
Theyareintegratedintoastralsocietyasviziers,sages,overseersandspellcasters,astheyrelyonhumanoidsfor
manytasks.Thecelephateshavetelekineticabilities,astheyhavenohandsorotherlimbs.Acelephateinan
urbanenvironmentisusuallyencounteredwithtwoorthreehandsorservants.Celephatesreproduceasexually
whenacelephatefeelstheurgetoproduceanoffspring,ittakesalumpofrock,shapesitwithitstelekinetic
powers,thenshootsaboltoflightningintotheheadseyesockets.Thenewcelephatecomestolifefullygrown,
inheritingmanyoftheskillsofitsparent.
TheyworshipanobscuredeitynamedHututNovgrod,theGuardianoftheGoal.
Celephatestendtochargelustilyintocombat,usingtheirflighttodanceoutofrangeofenemies.Theyalsoshout
tauntsandinsultsatfoes,whicharedoublydisconcertingwhencomingfromagiant,flyingstoneheadthatis
burningwithitsowninnerflames.
BlueDragonWyrmlingReskin:Celephate
Acelephatehasthefollowingchanges:
AlignmentAny
TypeMonstrosity
Speedfly60ft.
LanguagesCommon,Primordial,Celestial
InnateSpellcasting:ThecelephatesinnatespellcastingabilityisCharisma.Itcaninnatelycastthe
followingspells,requiringnomaterialcomponents.Ithasthefollowingdruidspellsprepared:
Atwill:magehand
ReplacetheBlueDragonWyrmlingsbiteactionoptionwiththefollowing:
Headbutt:MeleeWeaponAttack:+5tohit,reach5ft.,onetarget.Hit:8(1d10+3)bludgeoningdamage
plus3(1d6)lightningdamage.

Exilarchs
Exilarchsarearaceoffailedcelestials.Accordingtotheirtraditions,theywerebanishedfromtheFirmamentfor
failureinthetaskofriddingtheplanesofevil,butthearchonswhisperthetruththeexilarchsweretoosternand
unforgivingevenforthegodsofgood.Thefirstexilarchscouldnoteventoleratetheslightestdeviationfrom
perfectrighteousness,andwoulddestroyanentiremortalcityifitcontainedevenasingleunrighteousman.
Sincetheylefttheheavens,theexilarchsonceunitedintheircommon,unwaveringcausehavebecome
divided.Somehavestayedtruetotheirideals,launchingattacksonbastionsofevilandjudgingallothers

accordingtothestrictestcriteria.Otherstrytowinbackthefavourofthegodsbysearchingforsomegrandquest
orgestureforredemption,whileotherexilarchshaveinvertedtheirmoralityandbecomeasperfectlyevilasthey
canbe.Theonethingtheyallstillhaveincommonisafanaticaldevotiontopurity.Exilarchslookliketheyare
composedofmultiplebeings,likeasetoftorsosallbranchingoffasinglepoint.Eachportioncanact
independentlyanexilarchgetsonlyonemoveactioninaround,buteachbodysectioncanattackorcastspells
onitsown.
AngelorDevilVariant:Exilarch
Anexilarchhasthefollowingchanges:
TypeFiend
AlignmentAnyLawful

Psychomagnate
Thiscuriouscreatureishumanoidinshape,butithasnoheaditsfaceissunkenintoitschest.Itisarmouredin
acrystallineshell,andwieldsahalberdineitherhand.
PsychomagnatesarenotoriginallynativetotheAstralPlane,buttheymovedthereenmassewhentheirown
planeslidintochaoscenturiesago.Theyareastrongandintelligentrace,butseemostotherhumanoidsas
nothingbutslavesandcannonfodderuntiltheyprovethemselves.Theirsocietyisdrivenpurelybymerita
psychomagnatewhoaccomplishesnothingisoftentreatedasaslave,whileahumanherowhocompletesagreat
taskishonouredandrespectedasanequal.Thepsychomagnatefightingstylereliesontripsandkeepingthe
opponentdownasmuchaspossible.TheyhaveadaptedthisstyletotheAstralPlanebycombiningtheirattacks
withtheirnaturalabilitytomanipulateenergyfields.
Psychomagnateswelcomecombat,asitgivesthemachancetoprovetheirskills.Theyprefersinglecombat,and
issuechallengesandinvitationstooneononeduelswhentheycan.
OniReskin:Psychomagnate
Apsychomagnatehasthefollowingchanges:
AlignmentAnyChaotic
SizeMedium
TypeMonstrosity
HitPoints97(13d8+39)
LanguagesCommon,Psychomagnate
Thepsychomagnategainsthefollowingaction:
EnergyField:Psychomagnatescanprojectaglowingpurpleenergyfieldaroundthemselves.Thisfield
hasaradiusof30feet.Thefielddeflectsallincomingarrows,raysandotherrangeattacks20%ofthe
time.Furthermore,anyonetryingtousetheAstralPlanessubjectivegravitytomovewithinthefieldmust
makeaWillsave(DC13)failuremeansthecharactercannotmovethisroundusingsubjectivegravity.
Ifapsychomagnatetripsafoeinsidetheenergyfield,thefielddealsanextra1d6pointsoflightning
damage.Activatingthefieldisanaction,anditlastsfortenminutes.

AdventureSeeds
TheGreatRealmisthecrossroadsofthePlanesusually,thecharacterswillbeusingittogetfromoneplaceto
anotherorasaneutralmeetingground.TheAstralPlaneisalsobigenoughandoldenoughforliterallyanything
tobeencounteredthere.Itcanbethedumpinggroundofoddencountersandlocalesthatwouldnotfitanywhere
else.
Thecharactersarehiredtolocateafabledlostportal.Theyaregivenaportableaethervaneanda
descriptionoftheportalstraits.TheymustscourtheAstralPlaneforastralstormsandotherportalopening
phenomena,thenquicklyscanforthedesiredportal.Theiremployerhasnotinformedthemwherethe
portalgoeswilltheircuriositytakethembeyondtheGreatRealmandintotheunknown?
Somethingismoving,outthereinthePlanes.Waystationafterwaystationisfoundbereftofcrew.Inevery
case,theyleftsuddenlyasifinapanic,butthestationsstructureisintactandsound.Asastrange
darknessclosesovertheGreatRealm,wherewillthecharacterstakerefuge?

Agoddies.Allhisworshippers,servants,armiesandtreasuresareunceremoniouslydroppedintotheAstral
Plane.Forscavengers,itisawonderfulopportunity,butothersarelookingatasuddenlyhomelessarmy
andwonderingwheretheywillgoandjustwheredidtheirgodgo,anyway?
Wheneveranextradimensionalspaceisruptured,itscontentsarespilledontotheAstralPlane.An
importantdocumentorrelicwasstoredinsuchaspace,andamagicalaccidenthasoccurred.The
charactershavetogototheGreatRealmandfindaneedleinwhatamountstoaninfinitehaystack
however,itsoonturnsoutthattheaccidentwasdeliberate.Nooneisgoingtonoticeafewextracorpses
floatingontheastralgulf,anyway.