Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Planar Inhabitants of Monvesia

Many creatures are native to the Spheres.  The Spheres are divided into three general regions, each of which is home to particular creatures:  an inner Transitive Region, which is home to some aberrations, fey, tulpa, and undead; a core Elemental Region, which is home to elementals and their kin; and a city-like outer region which is home to outsiders.

At the heart of each City is its Throne--a natural, elemental shrine that houses the Sphere's aeon, or consciousness (the aeon's physical form being the Sphere itself).  It is from these aeons that the angels originate, and it is through the angels that that will of the aeon is communicated and/or enacted.  While the aeons are the supreme governors of the Spheres, dominion over these otherworldly planes is typically exercised by the elemental princes.

Creature Types of the Spheres

Aberration

Most aberrations, such as the Old Ones, come from the Parasphere, the realm beyond the Spheres.  Creatures that originate elsewhere will have their types modified to match.


Daemons

Daemons are a family of monster types "native" to the transitive regions of the Spheres.  While they do not neccessarity originate in those regions, they do draw power from them--and can be banished there from the material plane.  Each Sphere is home to a different type of daemon.

Celestial (Hierosphere, Aethereal Plane)

While greater celestials (ie. Angels) have been adopted into the new Divinity type (see below), lesser celestials remain tied to the material and aethereal planes.  These include Pegasi and Uniorns.  Warlock patron Celestials are drawn from these.

Fiend (Pyrosphere, Modal Plane)

As with celestials, greater fiends (Demons and Devils) have been adopted into the Divinity type; lesser fiends, however, are tied to the material and modal planes.  These include Hell Hounds and Nightmares.  Warlock patron Fiends are drawn from these.

Fey (Hydrosphere, Plane of Yore)

Just as the undead are tied to the Ethereal and Shadow Planes, the Fey are tied to the Plane of Yore.  Many intelligent creatures classified as Plants in the Monster Manual are instead classified as Fey in Monvesia: Blights, Myconids, Treant.  Other plants (awakened plants, awakened trees, fungi, shambling mounds, etc.) remain a separate creature type.  Fey include the Archfey warlock patrons.

Hybrids (Lithosphere, Mirror Plane)

Hybrids are the inhabitants of the transitive Mirror Plane--created through distorted reflections.  The Hexblade warlock, which has no patron, is currently tied to these monsters.

Tulpa (Aerosphere, Plane of Thought)

Creatures from the Plane of Thought are of a new type called tulpa. Once such creature, the servitor, has been seen as the astral construct of 3.x.  Tulpa include the Seeker warlock patrons.

Undead (Necrosphere, Plane of Shadow)

While most of the undead presented in the Monster Manual retain that designation, a few have been adopted into other types--such as Shadows (elemental) and Ghosts (tulpa).  Undead include the Undying warlock patrons.

Divinity

Divinities are powerful creatures native to the outer dominions of the Spheres.  They include monsters one classified as Celestials and Fiends (particularly Angels, Demons, and Devils--now all considered Angels), as well as two new monsters:  Aeons and Saints.  While arch-daemons and genie nobles are unique among their types for their ability to help mortals ascend to immortality, any divinity may do so--inluding recenlty ascended saints.

Angels

"Angel" has become a broader term in Monvesia.  Instead of beings of goodness in service to celestial gods, they are the servants of the Spheres themselves.  Born to and in communion with the aeon of one of the Spheres, angels of Monvesia include creatures once classified as celestials and fiends:  balor, cherub (or "sword archon"), deva, erinyes, monad, paraclete, pit fiend, planetar, psychopomp, shadow demon, seraph, solar, succubus/incubus ("passion demon"), throne archon, trumpet archon.

Each angel serves a particular role, and is unique to one or two spheres as noted below.

Angels are so rarely see on the Mortal Plane that most mortals actually consider elementals to be angels.  However, angels do visit Monvesia; the first mortals to ascend to sainthood did so with angelic patrons.



Cambions (& Nephilim)

A cambion or nephil, is the scion of an angel (of any type) and a mortal--which is a rare occurrence, indeed.  The distinction between the two is somewhat vague:  If the angelic parent originated in an "unseelie" or "lower" Sphere, the scion is a cambion; while if the angelic parent originated in a "seelie" or "upper" Sphere, the scion is a nephil.  How the Spheres are distinguished between seelie and unseelie, however, differs by culture--though the Heiropshere is always considered upper, and the Necrosphere always lower.  Regardless of designation, the scion is feared and reviled as an abomination.

Inhabitants by Sphere

Italicized entries are new creatures or creature types to be detailed at a later time--probably just before they are needed. 

Aerosphere

Plane of Thought:  Seekers, Tulpa
Elemental Air:  Elementals (Air), Genies (Djinn), Invisible Stalkers, Mephits (Dust, Ice, Lightning, Smoke, Vacuum)
Azure City/Throne:  Angels (Monad, Seraph, Solar, Trumpet Archon)
Known Saints:  Adoltho, Hephtan/Khelosani, Gygar, Mekare, Mermis, Nesta

Hierosphere

Ethereal Plane: Celestials
Elemental Light:  Elementals (Light), Genies (Khodam)Mephits (Aurora, Crystal, Lightning, Radiance, Rain)
Ivory City/Throne:  Angels (Deva, Paraclete, Planetar, Solar), Pegasi, UnicornsKnown Saints:  Aria, Baltus, Hadin, Jostin, Mohas, Msakhuri

Hydrosphere

Plane of Yore:  Archfey, Fey
Elemental Water:  Elementals (Water), Genies (Marids), Mephits (Brine, Ice, Mud, Rain, Steam), Water Weird
Verdant City/Throne:  Angels (Deva, Monad, Psychopomp, Throne Archon)
Known Saints:  Anumat, Asamma, Isyria, Orro, Sychus

Lithosphere

Mirror Plane:  Hybrids
Elemental Earth:  Elementals (Earth), Galeb Duhr, Gargoyles, Genies (Dao), Mephits (Crystal, Dust, Filth, Magma, Mud), Xorn
Golden City/Throne:  Angels (Cherub, Erinyes, Pit Fiend, Planetar)
Known Saints:  Honsu, Iamus/Mosamartle, Meomari, Meshakhte, Mura, Netha, Theodore Rosenshild, Vachari

Necrosphere

Shadow Plane:  Undead, Undying Ones
Elemental Void:  Elementals (Void), Genies (Shaitan), Mephits (Aurora, AshBrine, Filth, Vacuum), Shadow
Onyx City/Throne:  Angels (Erinyes, Psychopomp, Shadow Demon, Succubus/Incubus)
Known Saints:  Hekala, Hippolyta, Oge, Rellis, Syphis

Pyrosphere

Modal Plane:  Fiends
Elemental Fire: Azer, Elementals (Fire), Genies (Efreet), Magmins, Mephits (Ash, Magma, Radiance, Smoke, Steam), Salamanders
Crimson City/Throne:  Angels (Balor, Cherub, Seraph, Succubus/Incubus)
Known Saints:  Hathra, Ignatius, Maun, Nyres, Sietun, Vaeltava


Aeon of the Pyrosphere
Edited July 24, 2017 (added basic warlock patrons to spheres); August 5/7/9, 2017 (reworked daemons & divinities); September 3, 2017.

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