Outlands

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The Concordant Domain of the Outlands is the True Neutral plane in the D&D Great Wheel Cosmology.

Rather than sitting on the outer edge of the wheel as every other outer plane does, the Outlands exists within the center, and manages to connect to all outer planes simultaneously, making it one of the most cosmopolitan places in existence. 

Because of the wide variety of inhabitants and traits, Outlands is not the plane of Stupid Neutral (although a violently neutral race called the Rilmani have their realm somewhere within the plane.) Rather, the plane serves as a somewhat of a sliding scale of alignment, that gets more or less prominent depending upon your relative position, making it neutral by dint of it being not quite any other alignment either.

This is a common theme of the Outlands: As a plane it serves to be the destination for those souls who were not quite the right alignment to get into the afterlife of their respective alignment, so they end up here. Although many deities and mortals choose to make their homes here, because of this, the plane is generally quite agreeable to all sorts of folks.

Because of Outlands favourable position as the "center" point of the cosmos and the meeting point of alignments, Outlands serves as an ideal crossing point for interplanar travel, trade or negotiation.

Geography and Traits[edit]

Map of Outlands

First, the most noticeable thing about Outlands is the Spire, which is a needle-like mountain that juts up into the sky. It can be seen from all points in the plane and makes for a great landmark as an indication of your direction. On the top of the spire can be seen the floating ring which is the city of Sigil. The odd thing is that the Spire is infinitely tall, despite the fact that you can see both ends of it, so don't bother trying to climb it. Although mischievous locals get a kick out of encouraging clueless strangers to try and attempt it. 

Outlands has no layers like other planes do, it is simply a land mass of theoretically infinite area. That's because it has some absolutely mind-bending geometry and magical inhibitions that no-one can make sense of, but people accept as being part of the nature of the plane, and nearly everything has to do with the Spire.

Distance on the plane is entirely subjective depending upon your direction of travel: The further outwards one moves from the spire the more that distance compresses itself. You could begin at a Portal Town 1000 miles from the spire and travel outwards for ten thousand miles, but if you turn around and travel back, you will find that not only had you never travelled more than 320 miles from the town in the first place, but that the terrain you covered will be as unfamiliar as if you had never travelled that way at all.

Another odd feature of the plane is its inhibition of magic and divine power. Starting at 1,100 miles from the Spire, magic starts to cease functioning. Standing in a Portal town, 9th Level spells don't work, and this only gets more severe the closer to the spire you get. When you stand at the base even the most powerful Gods find that they have no power.

It's for that reason that the wars between various alignments and races don't spill into the Outlands, despite it's favourable location, those armies would just end up hamstringing themselves before they'd even begun.

Places of Interest[edit]

The Portal Towns represent the link to the outer edges of the wheel, they are evenly spaced in a roughly 1000 mile radius around the spire . Each outer plane has it's own respective Portal Town positioned in Outlands accordingly with its position on the wheel, so it is closest to its planar neighbors and situated furthest from its diametric opposite. The portals allow planar travel to and from the Outlands, so you're obviously most likely to find Archons in the portal town for Celestia or Slaad in the portal town for Limbo for example.

Just because the Portal Towns represent the closest link that Outlands has to the outer plane, it does not necessarily mean those towns are anything like their respective plane. Some towns are vehemently opposed to having any interaction with their connected plane, The reason for that is that if the prevailing attitude and alignment of the town shifts too far from its neutral position, it drops out of Outlands into the plane it was connected to, its portal gets reassigned to a different town which then takes up it's position in the ring around the Spire (the new town doesn't literally "move" into position, but just remember that terms like "distance" are flexible on the plane, and it is likely that the landscape rearranges itself to fill the void)

There are plenty of other "normal" towns on Outlands, filled with Petitioners and Mortals of a variety of alignments and philosophies, but they typically prevail towards inoffensive neutrality and are relatively unremarkable places to visit. Though there are exceptions: the realms of the Gods located here can be as grand as anywhere else on the planes, and its inhabitants can be just as zealous.

Inhabitants[edit]

Outlands is somewhat of an exception when it comes to Petitioners and it has a rather ecclectic mixture to choose from:

First, those souls who were "not quite" the right alignment to get into their respective afterlife end up here, as do those who were truly committed to neutrality. Those Petitioners return much as they did in life, their forms practically unchanged. However, Outlands is one place where Petitioners from other planes can travel to, which is quite a significant development, as in most cases Petitioners cannot leave their home plane without dissolving into nothingness, since their makeup is entirely from the energies of that plane. So either Outlands really is something special, or it isn't really its own plane at all and is merely where all other planes overlap. Beyond the Petitioners, you can find pretty much any form of life here, from Angels to Demons if you know where to look.

The Rilmani civilisation is based somewhere near the center of the plane.

A Faction (capital "F") called the Athar also hold headquarters in Outlands, right at the base of the Spire, where they plot to oust the Gods as fraudsters and phonies not worth worship. Their camp at the base of the Spire protects them from divine retribution, but also puts them hundreds, if not thousands, of miles from anywhere remotely useful.

The Outlands is also the home front for the Concordant Killers, a group of very powerful beings who are part celestial, part infernal and are a bunch of divine hitmen dedicated to maintaining balance. They use swords that are somehow axiomatic, anarchic, holy and unholy at the same time, and use the full suite of Detect Alignment and Protection from Alignment.

The Outer Planes of the Multiverse
Seven Mounting Heavens of Celestia Twin Paradises of Bytopia Blessed Fields of Elysium Wilderness of the Beastlands Olympian Glades of Arborea
Peaceable Kingdoms of Arcadia The Upper Planes Heroic Domains of Ysgard
Clockwork Nirvana of Mechanus Concordant Domain of the Outlands Ever-changing Chaos of Limbo
Infernal Battlefield of Acheron The Lower Planes Windswept Depths of Pandemonium
Nine Hells of Baator Bleak Eternity of Gehenna Gray Waste of Hades Tarterian Depths of Carceri Infinite Layers of the Abyss