Hello, Critical Hit fans. here we present part three of a dossier from the mysterious organization known as OVERSIGHT. Come back next week for part 4.
1 – The Nest
The Nest has six continents and a standard water-based ocean. Standard climate variations occur, although the presence of the “Dragons” (see below) often supercede standard meteorological wisdom. For example, a very tall mountain that is on Ma-Hekala’s usual path may have year-round balmy weather.
Although this vertex has a sun, it is very dim. Instead light and weather conditions are provided by four arcs of mystical energy that move through the sky, these arcs are called “dragons” by the peoples of The Nest, independent of culture or language (although the actual names for each do vary culturally). Each of these “dragons” has several associations including a demi-plane that sometimes manifests somewhere on the prime material plane.
- Cyo-Ba (Cyloba, Cy-Beoba) is a light-blue arc of energy. It is associated with spring, romantic love, fertility, jealousy, earth, and fire. Its demiplane is called Cylumbra.
- Ma-Hekala (Malekala, Ma-Gekra) is a brilliant purple-pink arc of energy. It is associated with summer, wakefulness, birds of prey, small children, wind, and water. Its demiplane is called Malumbra.
- Yrr (Yold, Yororo) is a golden-yellow arc of energy. It is associated with autumn, hard work, laughter, warriors, daylight, disease, and caustic compounds. Its demiplane is called Umbrayi
- Ko-Kruss (Kolokus, Kor-Ko) is not an arc of energy, but one of pure darkness that sometimes obscures or obstructs the others. It is associated with winter, sleep, playwrights, night, platonic love, lightning, and cold. Its demiplane is called Umbraki.
The Nest’s demiplanes appear on the world at complex mathematical intervals, unlike other vertices whose demiplanes have their own geography, The Nest’s demiplanes manifest on top of whatever is already there. This means that the demiplanes of the nest switch back and forth between cosmic and mirrored status.
- Cylumbra is home to mischievous spirits and fungal elementals. Wherever Cylumbra manifests, all buildings are transmuted to gold (although they are mystically prevented from collapsing under their own weight). They change back when the plane fades away.
- Malumbra is home to aggressive bird spirits and a court of mystical porcupine people. Wherever Malumbra manifests, water in the area gains strange mystical properties.
- Umbrayi is home to the spirits of the dead whose bodies were intact at the time of burial, as well as a race of bellicose crystalline elementals. Whenever Umbrayi manifests, human children in the area are able to see into the future.
- Umbraki is home to the spirits of the dead whose bodies were burnt or otherwise destroyed as well as several types of rock-like insectoid creatures. Whenever Umbraki manifests people have more difficulty lying.
Planar History and Anthropology
Despite the existence of the highly unusual dragon structures, The Nest has developed normally. No major planar cataclysms or events have been recorded recently. The people of the nest have developed along lines consistent with other vertices, they have diverse cultures and ethnicities and war frequently with each other.
Railing Relevance: Low
No culture or organization in the Nest shows signs of the magical competence necessary for a dimensional breach.
Case Worker: The Relentless Quartermaster
8 – The Lovers
The prime material world of The Lovers features a standard water-based ocean, as well as two continents and a supercontinent and many small archipelagos.
This vertex has a highly unusual arrangement in that it is thoroughly and inextricably linked to a mirrored plane of resonant, psionic construction. The natives call it the “Dream Country” even though it is as vast as the prime material plane and has, itself, several continents, oceans and nations. Travelers can travel back and forth to the Dream Country by sleeping. This means that sleeping actually poses a great risk for those unaware of the unique arrangement of the plane.
The Lovers only has one demiplane, the Dream Country. Unlike other vertices, most of the sentient population of this plane has access to the demiplane. The metaphysical construct that (barely) keeps the Dream Country and prime material plane apart is called “The Dream Mesh.”
Planar History and Anthropology
The Lovers and its strange arrangement has created a unique situation among vertices. Once, humans occupied the prime material plane and dream beings occupied the Dream Country. However, as time passed dream creatures and humans came to inhabit both planes. Dreamfolk, the result of the union between humans and dream beings are very common on both sides of the dream mesh.
Dreamfolk are highly unusual in that they can easily travel through both worlds, and in fact are one of the few races able to travel to other vertices. Their plane’s connection to dreams forms a psionic conduit to other worlds where the inhabitants dream (which is most vertices). Dreamfolk explorers have frequently come into conflict with members of Oversight. Eventually it was decided to embrace them as allies rather than continue trying to curtail their exploits. Now Oversight is in near-constant contact with dreamfolk elders, making sure that they keep cross-vertex incursions to a minimum.
Railing Relevance: Extreme
The unique situation in The Lovers makes it an extremely problematic place for the purposes of preventing cross-vertex excursions. Still, only a few hundred dreamfolk know about the nature of the universe, and the majority of them are employed by Oversight. That does not mean that problems don’t arise, however.
Case Workers: The Thrice-Blessed Pilgrim and The Jade Elocutor.