Here is the layout for the Crystal Sphere for Almagraspace. Almagra sits at the center of the crystal shell and the sphere’s primary and secondary suns orbit the World of Worlds. The primary sun/fire body orbits in the fourth position, and it is larger than Earth’s yellow sun. (I’d say at least 1-1/2 times the size.) The secondary sun/fire body is a huge red giant that has slowly begun to dim. It’s energy isn’t strong enough to reach Almagra, but it does appear in the night sky as a semi-bright red star.
- Almagra (Primary)
- First Moon (Moon-like, no native life)
- Second Moon (“Strange Moon”)
- Third Moon (“Burning Moon”)
- Yellow Sun/Fire Body (Larger than our Sun)
- Fourth Moon (“Small Moon” [primitive])
- Fifth Moon (“Death Moon”)
- Sixth Moon (“Ice Moon” [half the size of Earth])
- Seventh Moon (an Air World/Gas Giant [largest planet-moon])
- Red Sun/Fire Body (Huge [burning out])
The third moon will not be habitable by normal life. It will be the domain of elementals (and maybe genies). The fifth moon will be a dead world overrun with evil undead walking its wastelands and nasty aberrations living in domed cities. The seventh world will be an airy, heaven-like planet that is in risk of dying alongside the red sun. Its inhabitants are trying to refire the old red giant, which could have consequences for the rest of Almagraspace.
The distance between Almagra and the first Fire Body will likely be about the distance between our solar system’s sun and Mars, which is why it will be larger. Now, I’m not sure if Almagra’s size would have an effect on how much solar energy the world receives. And my plan for the red giant (second Fire Body) was always to have it at the end of the system. Initially, I think, I had planned for the yellow star to be the primary and have Almagra be where the sun is now and have everything else rotate Almagra.
A friend of mine asked me this question on The Piazza: “A quick question before I go to bed: how Amalgraspace fit into Spelljammer cannon? For example, with Mystaraspace and Mystara having a a presence on Amalgra, would both be able to fit into the same universe? Or would Amalgraspace be in an entirely different universe?”
Here’s the answer: I think Almagraspace would be set in its own universe. It wouldn’t have to be set apart from Mystara, but I’d want to separate it from the official BECMI version. I seem to remember that Mystara doesn’t get much of a mention in Spelljammer canon, so Almagraspace could be an alternate version of the setting set in the core Spelljammer universe.
It definitely isn’t part of my Mirrored Cosmology or my Steampunk Spelljammer Cosmology. It could be the basis for a unique version of Spelljammer where Almagra is not only the center of its own Crystal Sphere but also the center of its own universe.
DM’s Note: World of Worlds will likely have alternate versions of parts of Oerth and Toril on it as well, but the recreations won’t be as substantial as the Sea of Mystaros region. The recreations will be based on the hotter areas of those worlds, so that I won’t have to change as much as I’ll have to do with the BECMI region. (However, there will be a version of the Free City of Greyhawk somewhere on the world [but not a version of Waterdeep — that’s for Kulan and Talus]. For the Toril recreations, I’m looking more towards the Shining South and, maybe, the Serpent Kingdoms.) I’ll probably place the recreations in the AD&D 1E region or D&D v.3.5 region (1E for GH and 3E for FR). I want to create something unique for the AD&D 2E region. Nothing is written in stone, however.
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David Wrote: Interesting problem you have here. Being able to use Spelljammer to go from one world to another is part of the reason why I tend to not want to do a mash-up of worlds.
If you want to have Amalgra and also have the settings from Amalgra in other places, I guess you are going to need some sort of “replication” process built into the history of Amalgra.
There are plenty of stories of communities getting “migrated” from one world to another in D&D history. Mystara has stuff being pulled from the Known World and dumped onto the Hollow World. Forgotten Realms has elves that arrived from other worlds, enslaved humans and Returned Abeir.
I’ve spoken about some sort of process for “cloning” locations on both Mystara and Greyhawk (mostly Blackmoor).
Maybe you need some sort of group that “clones” other worlds.
My Reply: David, your suggestion about cloning is an interesting one since I’ve already used that process for The Transformation for Lands of Harqual on Kulan. It could work here too. I’m still not sure though.