The 12 Spheres
The 12 spheres refers to the twelve inhabited planets and moons that are physically inside The Burl .
Stories on the 12 spheres take place 9000 years after the events in the lives of the weilders of the 12 keys of the Burl. Technology has reverted to a early middle ages level. The old “painted lands” are inaccessable and thought of by those that even consider such things as “Heavens” or “Hells” or “Outer planes” Some of the ancient gates still opperate between spheres. But they are either heavily guarded in great cities or abandoned in the realms of monsters.
The 12 Spheres have ancient names that are used as names of colors as well by the general population. Going from the closest to the primary sun (there are two, some say three, suns in the system) They are:
Black : This is a dark twilight world and far away from the twilight realms are dark deserts in the constantly gusting furnace hot winds. The only settlements are toward the poles and near the light. The sun never rises over the horizon and there is no moon. the only light comes from the second sun but it seems very far away. This sphere has no moon.
White : Thought of as the birthplace of civilization. Apparently called “White” for its pristine beachs and white chalky cliffs. It is a tropical world of lush islands, deep jungles, and burning hot deserts. This sphere has no moon. White is also the location for the ruins of the ancient city of Freeport which was once a major nexus in The 12 Spheres.
Blue : A temprate sphere with great oceans and deep blue skys. The lands here are filled with ancient ruins from ages past Some of the great religious orders have there, ages old, seats of power here. This sphere has one large moon
Red : Called “Red” due to its rich red colored soil. This is perhaps the most populous sphere with many large farms and ranches. The winters here are harsh and the spring time short but the land is very fertile. This sphere has 2 tiny moons that look more like fast moving stars.
Yellow : A sphere with many great cities and the most active volcanos of any other sphere. Called Yellow for the haze that covers the skys often. This world has closed all its gates and made magic very hard to cast. They have developed totally seperately from the rest of the system but now rumors of strange craft filled with strange animal people coming from this sphere are spoken of in hushed whispers.. There is no moon but the sun (the second sun in this case) is huge in the sky.And you can see Green,The Faywild, And the sphere of The Sea in the sky at night.
Green : A temperate sphere with rolling green hils and forests of fruit and nut trees. The second most populous sphere with its long growing season and fine soil. There is no moon but the sun (the second sun in this case) is huge in the sky.And you can see Yellow,The Faywild, And the sphere of The Sea in the sky at night.
The Feywild : A sphere that is claimed by the Fae. Totaly covered by deep forests and pristine lakes and rivers. The elves make this thier homeland. There is no moon but the sun (the second sun in this case) is huge in the sky.And you can see Green,Yellow, And the sphere of The Sea in the sky at night.
The Sea : An ocean world. It has very few islands and a small population but there are several large sea gates that lead from one sphere to the others. Set up who knows how long ago by who knows who. So there is quite a lot of sea traffic passing through this sphere from one place to another.There is no moon but the sun (the second sun in this case) is huge in the sky.And you can see Green,The Faywild, And Yellow in the sky at night.
Grey : A cold sphere , covered in pine forests and tundra. Hardy barbarian tribes hunt or herd here. The Suns are tiny in the sky but at night a huge ringed yellow world lights up the sky with the brightness of day.
The Islands : Another ocean sphere but this one is dotted with hundreds of islands. The climate ranges from simi-tropical to arctic. Most of the islands have some type of city or village on them. and most are willing to trade. There are no moons but the “sun” is surrounded by a huge blue sphere. Everything on the islands is azur tinted as a result.
Azur sun : An insular sphere that is ruled by a tight knit collection of warlords. The “shougan” is the supreme leader. There is one tiny moon and the “sun” is surrounded by a huge blue sphere. Everything on the sphere is azur tinted as a result.
The FeyDark : A sphere of black, oddly carved rock and ice formations. The sphere is lit only by starlight. This is the abode of the “evil” Fae races. The drow make thier home here . as do the Shadar’Kai. Not a realm to be traveled in lightly.