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Limbo was an Outer plane in the Great Wheel cosmology model that embodied the chaotic neutral alignment.[1] The plane of Warrior's Rest in the World Tree cosmology was similar to Limbo in many ways but not quite as morphic.[5] The batrachi formed a realm in Limbo called the Supreme Throne[6] which became its own plane in the World Tree cosmology model.[7] Limbo was lost during the Spellplague and may have fallen into the Elemental Chaos.[note 1]

DescriptionEdit

This plane was supreme chaos, a twisting, quicksilver place filled with bits and pieces of rocks, trees, the four elements, entire landscapes, strong winds, and random pockets of liquid, solid, or gas. Sentient beings could dampen down the chaos to livable levels and produce a safe environment as long as they maintained concentration. The size of a safe zone was directly related to the intelligence of the individual controller.[3] Demigods and more powerful beings did not have this burden and indeed could create realms that survived even if they left Limbo.[2] Gravity operated only between solid objects that touched each other and had about the same strength as on most Prime Material Planes. Thrown objects would fly straight until they hit a solid object. Objects with no momentum would hang in space until contacted by something solid.[3]

As described by the Great Wheel cosmology, Limbo had five layers that were nearly indistinguishable from each other. The first four layers were named for the chief race or deity that were most often found there. The fifth layer was referred to as the layer of Lost Gods.[2]

Gith and SlaadEdit

The slaad were likely natives of Limbo and the githzerai were immigrants (or refugees, if you ask the githyanki) and the first layer was named for them.[2] This layer was strategically important because of its connections to Gladsheim, Concordant Opposition, Pandemonium, and the Astral plane.

SusanowoEdit

Named after a deity from the country of Japan on Earth,[8] he ruled a spherical bubble half filled with sea water and aquatic life and churned by storms of his making.[9]

AgniEdit

Named after a deity from the country of India on Earth,[10] he resided in a sphere of pure flame that floated through the layers at his will.[9]

IndraEdit

Also from India,[11] Indra's sphere was half filled with enchanted milk and his palace stood on an island-sized tortoise (or possibly a tortoise-shaped island).[9]

Lost GodsEdit

It is unknown if any race or deity favored this layer.[2]

AfterlifeEdit

When souls arrived in the plane of Limbo they were not allowed to manifest in some form but rather were absorbed into the matter of the plane. Occasionally a collection of spirits would become powerful enough to form what was called a chaos elemental, not to be confused with a being from the elemental planes.[9]

RealmsEdit

The realms of the powers that resided in Limbo floated through the various layers at will and so are listed here in no particular order.

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. This statement is partially speculation, but according to this comment on page 346 of the One and Only Ask the Realms Designers Thread, Limbo just vanished. Also, on page 15 of the Manual of the Planes 4th edition, it compares Limbo with the Elemental Chaos.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 73. ISBN 0880383992.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 98. ISBN 0880383992.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 97. ISBN 0880383992.
  4. Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 75. ISBN 0880383992.
  5. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 169. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 5. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 163. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  8. James M. Ward, Robert J. Kuntz (1980). Deities and Demigods. (TSR, Inc), p. 84. ISBN 0-935696-22-9.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 99. ISBN 0880383992.
  10. James M. Ward, Robert J. Kuntz (1980). Deities and Demigods. (TSR, Inc), p. 76. ISBN 0-935696-22-9.
  11. James M. Ward, Robert J. Kuntz (1980). Deities and Demigods. (TSR, Inc), p. 75. ISBN 0-935696-22-9.
  12. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  13. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 135. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  14. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 143. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  15. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 15. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  16. Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 32. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  17. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 158. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  18. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 164. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  19. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 11. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  20. Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 23. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  21. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 93. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  22. Ed Greenwood (March 1987). “The Ecology of the Korred”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #119 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 42–44.
  23. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 49. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  24. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 12. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.

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