As the release of Mythic Paths of the Lost Spheres is now imminent we are sharing previews from the Gazetteer appendix of the Lost Spheres Meta-Setting to give you an idea of the kind of connective tissue we are intending for your own home campaigns. Today we look at: The Black Lattice
Gazetteer Entry: The Black Lattice
The Black Lattice began as simple trading paths between moderately advanced magical cultures utilizing the Shadow Plane to connect their relative empires in exchanges of knowledges and goods. As the Lattice developed the cultural network came to include dozens of mystic empires and a sizable amount of native Shadow-born settlements and races including the shaded city of Hyraeatan, a metropolis of massive proportions. Improvements to the paths and portals of the Lattice continued to advance as it grew and the civilizations it connected shared their secrets.
Location Type: Extraplanar portal and trade network. The “roads” of the Black Lattice are magically extruded Shadow-matter that resemble large spans of metal. Compressed spatial distortions and the mutable nature of distance in the plane are focused by the “Shadow Paths” increase travel speeds and make even its most hazardous spans worth the rare treasures and astronomical profits.
Mythic Presences: The Black Lattice itself is primarily a crossroads. Overmages that are attuned to the Shadow/Entropy source are among the most common mythic characters found there. Hyraeatan has a number of Hollow Ones and God Hunters that have fled the Apaths of the Iron Pits attempts to recruit them and have founded rival factions. Destari Jeweled Lords, a majority mythic ruling body, and many Scions of High Sorcery were involved in the creation and maintenance of the Lattice. Otherwise Masters of Shapes that are researching mutable matter and its applications in shapeshifting.
Connective Options: Transitive. The Black Lattice spans hundreds of worlds and planar locations. Its “roads” exploit Shadow’s nature greatly accelerate travel times making near impossible journeys a matter of hours or days. The Lattice can be used to link any number of campaign settings that may have been visited by the cabals that created it.
Adventures in the Black Lattice: The Black Lattice was greatly damaged by the ripping of the world Aldra, a major Lattice hub-world, from the planar membranes around it. Echoes of the world’s cataclysmic removal reverberated through the network and shattering vast lengths of shadow-road. The damages to the roadways have caused unintended planar ruptures and interactions rendering many parts and paths of the Lattice dangerous and full of unexpected wonder. Mythic monsters and strange worlds litter these shattered reaches and the extraplanar merchant guilds and arcane cabals that seek to use the Lattice hire scores of able-bodied mercenaries of all skills to secure its troubled ways.
The Black Lattice is a great place to join disparate games, transfer characters from campaign to campaign or base a world spanning adventuring group from using Hyraeatan or another hub.