The World Axis is fun, in that I hate it, but I can absolutely justify it's existence as a model based on the specific series of events that takes place on Faerun leading up to it. See below.Zeromaru X wrote: ↑Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:01 amOn topic, as for the World Axis, I guess that you should threat it as a different multiverse altogether, because the World Axis has a core assumption that makes it different than the "standard" D&D multiverse:
The World Axis cosmology originates from the destruction of the Great Wheel (known as the Lattice of Heaven in 4e core materials) during the Dawn War, and what remains is the current Astral Sea. While the current status of the Elemental Chaos is because it was never separated into the individual Inner Planes, as the being that would one day become Primus was defeated by Mak Thuum Ngatha during the dawn of time.
Likewise, the specific version of the FR's World Axis is a consecuence of the Spellplague destroying the World Tree, as per the Empyrean Odyssey trilogy.
Yeah, the porting of the World Axis outside of Toril makes no sense and has no in-universe justification. So I've ignored it.There is no explanation for 4e Eberron and 4e Dark Sun's version of the World Axis, tho we know Dark Sun was a deliberate retcon.
This is rather constant in the various cosmological models, and basically what I'm attempting to do in this project: provide details on why certain views of the greater cosmology are different or odd, but that they are fundamentally compatible. Doing so from an in-universe perspective, not an out-of-universe perspective.
The chain of events and how they justify the World Axis model:
>the knock-off-Yggdrasil shows up on/is discovered on Toril
>many sages and scholars now adopt a tree-like model of the planes based on this specific World Tree (this explains why the World Tree model only details locations in the planes that are of direct import to Faerun, b/c even sages and scholars can be myopic and self-centered people)
>the Spellplague shenanigans happen
>the knock-off-Yggdrasil is destroyed
>magic itself goes to pot
>lots of powerful and knowledgeable people, especially wizards, end up dead, missing, go into hiding, etc
>this goes on for a decade, which would really gut the collective magical knowledge of the Forgotten Realms
>consider this from the view point of a sage learned on the World Tree model: the literal tree is dead, the gods are changing/dying/flailing around like mad, magic doesn't work, and most of the people with first-hand knowledge of the planes are dead or gone
>I imagine the following conversation happens: "So, you *say* that Hell, the Abyss, and the Plane of Fire are different places...but they sound awfully similar to me, and you can't seem to prove otherwise, since you can't go there or do anything else really."
>this enterprising individual then writes the "correct" version of the planes, combining Limbo, most of the Lower Planes, the Elemental Planes, and maybe the Ethereal into one place b/c "they sure sound the same" and then conflates the Upper Planes and Astral together b/c there's really only two planes outside of Faerun (the good and the bad), which creates a nice symmetry!
>some people adopt this model b/c it "totally makes sense" and sticks it to those "uppity wizards who expected the rest of us to just believe them because they could fireball your family to death if you disagreed with them. They got what they deserved."
In other words, the panic and chaos of the Spellplague created a void which could be easily filled by anyone, and there wouldn't be a lot of people to refute the model until well after it gained enough traction to be a "main stream" model of the multiverse.