My base cosmology model is built off of the Great Wheel cosmology, especially as detailed in the Planescape campaign setting. As part of this, I'm working up a list of alternative cosmological models and detailing how they actually fit into (or don't, if I end up stumped) the expanded model I've built.
What I'm asking for are other cosmologies or cosmological models from D&D or mythology that people know of, and especially sources for any which I'm not familiar with.
Here's a list of what I already know of and plan to work on:
- Planescape 'Great Wheel' - I'm using this as my base and expanding on it (and making some minor alterations for coherency as needed IMO)
- 'Original' Dragonlance - So, way back in the day, if I've read the limited sources I have correctly, if it wasn't on Krynn, it was part of the 'Abyss'. This may be the most wonderfully stupid view of the multiverse there is. If some of the DL products from 1st & 2nd Edition actually have a more consistent view of what lies beyond Krynn, I'd love to know where, b/c what I have seen (...the novels, the MC entries mostly), its all 'the Abyss'. Seriously, the neutral 'Astral Dragon' 2e DL MC entry is worth a read if you want to know what I'm talking about.
- 'Newer' Dragonlance - Later editions (?) expanded on the Krynnish view of the multiverse, diversifying it somewhat (The Dome of Creation, The Hidden Vale, etc etc)
- 'The World Tree' model - I'm not sure exactly which edition and products originally detailed this FR-centric model, but it's on my list as I'm confident I have internet sources that at least have the details I need.
- The 'World Axis' model - Same as the World Tree model, I'm looking at it
- Dark Sun cosmology - Honestly, my favorite of all the main campaign worlds' cosmologies, and the reason I embarked on this project. When studying up on Dark Sun I found myself thinking 'so...this is just the regular model, but some differences in names and classifications?'
- Greek model -Gaia, Erebos, Tartaros, etc. This model is easy to map, hard to actually peg down what the model itself is.
- The REAL world tree of the Norse - The nine worlds. Need I say more?
- Aztec/Mayan space shenanigans - I don't remember which book it was that made that sly comment about visiting the Aztec gods on a flying ship, but its a mess. An absolute mess. But I have an answer. In addition to this, I think the Aztec's had an actual cosmology I need to look up.
- Incan - Their cosmology is actually a pretty simple tri-planar view (ie, "heaven" "hell" and "earth").
- The Celestial Bureaucracy - There's like 4 or 5 'heavens' and like 18 'hells' and all that jazz and its aaaaalll mapped. I think. I'll know when I get there and double-check the details.
- Jainism has a cosmological model. I'm...not sure. I've not officially adopted Jainism as a possibility into my multiverse at present, but considering that Hinduism is fair game, I probably will. So I might dig this model up.
- I think Eberron had a unique cosmology, but I know basically nothing about Eberron. If anyone knows that this is a thing and can point me to one or more good source for the heavy details, I'd appreciate it.
- North American natives - I'm pretty sure there are a few Native American cultures that had cosmologies. Need to do more research before I do anything here, honestly.
- Ravenloft, Masque of the Red Death, and Spelljammer are incorporated into the model
- As far as I know, Greyhawk/Oerth does not have any differences from the Great Wheel
- I have no idea about Birthright and Mystara cosmologies, or if such even exist.