Hello everyone, it’s been a while. I used to be pretty active around here a few years ago, but I eventually stopped coming by and I'd be surprised if more than a couple people recognize me. I am (not really) famous for a rather uninspired plane of analogs and syncretisms regarding the Byzantine Empire that I developed in my head more so than in print and a notable argument over vampires in the second Innistrad set. On a more personal note I'm someone who always has a plan for a set, a plane, a world. I, however, often get lost in my inspiration and only rarely get beyond that. I will try to change that here.
For the past year or so I've been toying around with an idea that is still in its infancy in spite of its age. It draws off of an amalgam of eastern influences and western influence. This isn't a return to, or rip off of, Kamigawa or Portal Three Kingdoms. I've also thought of redoing or revisiting both of those in the past, the later more so than the former. Other influences will be present, but I want this to be of my own design. This is something that I desire to be my work, not an assortment of the borrowed.
Yet at the same time, I welcome just about every form of criticism that can be provided. From the bad, to the good, to the dissecting, to the constructive. I also welcome advice, if it can be spared. There's a big project going on so I understand that attentions are focused there first for a lot of you. Yet if there is one thing that I do need assistance on it is direction. To be warned if I am neglecting one area too much, if I am contradicting myself, suggestions for further work and research. I admit to all that at this moment I am more clueless in regards to magic than I was when I first joined, which is a deep condemntation.
The Nezumi are back, but my intent is to make them original to this new plane. These Nezumi are similar in both structure and appearance to Kamigawa, but noticeably different. Rats have, traditionally, been black. They have rarely, but noticeably, been red. The Nezumi in this plane would still be predominately black, but instead of red I would have them be blue. Their armor would not be so Japonic, but more indicative of Korea and China. It would be a fussion between both, rather than predominately one or the other. Lesser rats will also exist on this plane, and would be used extensively by the Nezumi.
As are the Orochi. Originally I had intended to create a completely new race of snakes that would be similar to the Nezumi, but I wasn't entirely sure how to go about this and the Orochi were readily available for use. Like the Nezumi, the Orochi are no longer going to be centered around Japanese influences (though they were considerably less so than the Nezumi from what I had gathered). Some greek influence and some Incan influence will take a noticeable role in their culture.
In addition I would introduce two new “races” of a similar vein to the Nezumi and Orochi. Monkey and Ox each get a very human form and levels of intelligence that rise to the occasion. The Monkeys would be called Simians. The Ox likewise known as Avoiren. The Simians are heavily influenced by Roman and Tibetan culture, smaller Turkic and Chinese influence can be noted in the finished product. The Avoiren are based in Indian culture, primarily Hindu influenced, but there is a deal of Sikh and Islam that will affect the finished product. I considered, and rejected, French influence. As this starts to materialize it may creep back into it.
There are humans here, and perhaps unsurprisingly they take on a very prominent role inside of this plane. I imagine a great empire that spans much of the land that I’m currently pondering. Roman, Japanese, and Chinese influence make up the core of this empire, but there is much more to it than that. The cultures that influence the peoples, or empires, do not necessarily define or typecast them. It just expands upon social organization, spiritual beliefs, names, and their history. This empire has one capital, five provinces, twenty regions, and hundreds of prefectures. These, as of now, are only loosely defined and may get not much more than a name and a description until this comes further along.
The races are not necessarily segregated, or even tend to group themselves together. There are simply regions where they are more common and more at home. All ultimately fall under the purview of the empire and all are active participants in it. Humans dominate the empire through sheer abundance and finding the ability to be at home just about everywhere. But things are changing, social and climactic upheaval is resulting in migrations and areas where traditionally some groups would not go to are flocked to.
There are other states and empires as well; various collectives and republics are known by distant rumor far to the north of the endless deserts, along the shores of the great western seas, and across the great oceans. I will not state firmly that these five are the only sentient humanoid races, but I will state they are without a doubt the most prominent and the rest may not get a mention for a very long time. The plane has a history of angels and demons, but it is an increasingly distant memory. There are few alive who remember such a time, and they are too elusive, too dangerous, or both to get straight answers from them. These individuals most commonly are dragons, many of which are ancient. While not an extinct group, their numbers have fallen considerably with time. Common in only a few places, the old far outnumbering the young. Speaking of Dragons, this plane blurs the lines of what it is to be a Dragon. Thus the categorization, when expanded upon, may be more justly referred to as Draconic than Dragon.
These are only the loosely formed ideas for a plane, I will give more concrete and in depth descriptions regarding the planes and the peoples inside of it as time goes on. An update may come later on tonight, tomorrow, days, weeks, or even months away. I ask that anyone expecting one be patient and forgiving, but as I said before any form of response is welcome.