Rise of the Runelords
The First World is so called because it is believed to be the gods’ first draft of the subsequent plane which would later split into the Material Plane and the Shadow Plane. It is coterminous with the Material Plane and the Shadow Plane, but exists outside the standard cosmology, being somehow “behind” the other two planes.
Appearance and Characteristics
The First World is an infinite plane of constantly varying wilderness – mountains, forests, etc. It epitomizes the chaos of birth and fertility. Conditions vary dramatically from place to place. What would be considered to be laws of nature on the Material Plane are no more than local by-laws in the First World, and even these by-laws can be overturned (even unconsciously) by those with sufficient willpower. Times and distances are unreliable in the First World.
Areas of stability do occur. In some cases this is apparently a random event; a current of stability flows through the First World, leaving behind an area of certainty which might range from a narrow trail a pace or two wide up to a vast swathe hundreds of miles across. These stable zones eventually decay back into the natural uncertainty of the First World, a process which might take hours or centuries. It may be that these are gradually increasing in duration.
More commonly, stable areas exist where there is a connection to the Material Plane. Stability seeps into the First World at these points, much to the disgust of the locals, who seek to repair the damage and punish those they consider to be responsible.
Of course, this is a two way process. The fertility of the First World also flows through the connection into the Material Plane, with unpredictable results.
The First World is home to all manner of strange creatures, apparently prototype versions of the plants and animals of the Material Plane. However, the chief inhabitants are the Fey. The most powerful of them are the eight (formerly nine) creatures known as the Eldest and their fearsome living weapons, the Tane.
Your Encounter With The First Wold
Your group entered the First World to help return the remains of a slain nymph princess (Myriana) who fell in love with a human at Fort Rannik. The slain Fey’s ghost was now haunting the Material Plane and enraged with hatrid.
The once soul-shakenly beautiful, the nymph princess is now a horrible, ghostly horror. Her disembodied arms float at her sides, exposed bone and sinew stretching toward her torso but ever too far out of reach. Her lower torso fades away to smoke, savaged too cruelly by the Ogres for even her insane ghost to keep. But her most terrifying feature are her eyes: wells of hellish horror, crying out silently in agony beyond anything a mortal creature could ever know. She is beauty undone, and torment incarnate.
She floats above you drifting closer then away as she screams in a hate filled voice, “You have failed the Black Arrows! You failed Lamatar their heroic leader and have ended generations of warriors. If you gotten hear sooner the men would be alive and Lamatar would not have been taken to their lair high onHook Mountain tortured and murdered.”
“What do you have to say before you all die?”
However, you reasoned with her ghost and found the remains of her body and the body of her human lover. Once united her powerful and angry spirt could rest.