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The Twin Paradises of Bytopia were two layers that formed one of the Outer Planes in the Great Wheel cosmology model representing alignments between lawful good and neutral good.[1] Some characteristics of this plane were ascribed to the World Tree cosmology planes of Golden Hills[5] and the House of the Triad[6] when that cosmology became popular. The Golden Hills became part of Arvandor after the Spellplague and the House of the Triad became known as Celestia[7] as described by the World Axis cosmology.

DescriptionEdit

The two layers of this plane were joined at one barrier which happened to span the entire sky at about 10 miles (16km) above sea level. Gravity for each layer was normal for that layer but switched direction as soon as one crossed the barrier. The inhabitants of one layer could look up and see the other layer hanging upside down high overhead. Several mountains reached the crossover point and a few met mountains rising up from the other side, allowing careful climbers a way to reach the other layer. Also the space between layers was filled with air, allowing flight from one side to the other. Each layer glowed with a golden-white light.[2]

DothionEdit

Dothion was a bucolic land of old forests and huge meadows subject to mild seasonal changes and gentle weather. Portals to Seven Heavens, Elysium, and Concordant Opposition were found in caverns as brightly glowing patterns: concentric circles for the Seven Heavens, radiating lines for Elysium, and both patterns superimposed, which resembled a spider web, for Concordant Opposition. Travelers from the Astral Plane would emerge from the color pools on this layer.[2]

ShurrockEdit

Across the barrier, Shurrock had much the same landscape features but much harsher weather: summers were hot and winters were long and cold. Storms were more common here, with booming thunder and heavy rains. Life on the Shurrock side was more challenging and kept the inhabitants busy, but both sides were virtuously industrious.[2]

InhabitantsEdit

The animals in the Twin Paradises were sentient with average intelligence or above, but did not have the ability to speak. Some trees were also intelligent, similar to treants from the Prime Material Plane.[2] The usual menagerie of upper plane creatures were found here,[2] including solars,[8] planetars,[9] hollyphants,[10] devas,[11] foo creatures,[12] baku,[13] and agathia.[14]

RealmsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 73. ISBN 0880383992.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 89. ISBN 0880383992.
  3. Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 75. ISBN 0880383992.
  4. Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), pp. 78–82. ISBN 0880383992.
  5. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 155. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  6. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 159. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  7. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 62. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  8. Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 111. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  9. Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 101. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  10. Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 75. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  11. Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 42. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  12. Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 65. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  13. Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 12. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  14. Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  15. Gary Gygax (August, 1985). Unearthed Arcana (1st edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 117. ISBN 0880380845.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Gary Gygax (August, 1985). Unearthed Arcana (1st edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 118. ISBN 0880380845.
  17. James M. Ward, Robert J. Kuntz (1980). Deities and Demigods. (TSR, Inc), p. 109. ISBN 0-935696-22-9.
  18. 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.
  19. Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  20. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 75. ISBN 978-0786903849.

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