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Seethyr
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Posted - 05 Feb 2020 :  21:55:35  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Is there any record of a northern lights/aurora in the Realms? If so, would it appear in a place like Sossal or the Great Glacier? Has Ed ever spoken of this?

Also, either canonically or through your own musings, would there be any sort of magic attached to such an event? In the Realms, it would make sense for something so naturally magical to have some actual magic attached to it. Perhaps there are creatures that only exist within the aurora.

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Posted - 05 Feb 2020 :  23:02:35  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't see any references to an aurora in my files (aside from the mage with the catalog, of course).

Me, I'd allow such phenomenon to enhance light and prismatic magics. There may be some requirement to attune to this, though, to get that benefit.

I've gotten the impression from Edlore in the past that he really likes the Spelljammer critter called a wizshade... I can readily see connecting them to auroras.

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ElfBane
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Posted - 05 Feb 2020 :  23:08:16  Show Profile Send ElfBane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Perhaps even Auril, if the rules allow Her to exist.
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Seethyr
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Posted - 06 Feb 2020 :  00:31:19  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Interesting. Homebrew-wise there’s a lot that could be done. I wish more had been done on the polar regions of the Realms in the past. The Great Glacier was a good start, but I haven’t seen much since then.

I’m with you on the prismatic magic enhancement. Perhaps beneath them, and only on nights when they are brightest, prismatic spray and wall gain advantage on damage rolls. Resisting Color Spray is at disadvantage.

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sleyvas
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Posted - 07 Feb 2020 :  00:48:03  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It might be fun to link them to the appearance of a "celestial staircase" that extends all the way to Selune, but only for a short time, such that someone would have to be exceptionally fast to make it there. At other times the celestial staircase may open a portal in the sky to the home of the metahel gods.

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AJA
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Posted - 07 Feb 2020 :  01:58:34  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Seethyr
through your own musings,

The Opalescent Bridge (to the Gods)
That elemental highway forbidden to Man, manifold and grotesque, from which flows all of the weals and woes of the world. It is only seen from Faerūn when three of the five Great Tears of Selūne sing forth with that ethereal shining-white that Selūnites and the wild-men of the North call "ieiridlaur" (eerie-ED-lore, believed to derive from Auld Draconic). The Ice Hunters, native to the uttermost reaches, have long known the Bridge as "The High Pillars of Smoke," as it appears as ribbons of color akin to the Northern Lights of Earth.



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TBeholder
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Posted - 10 Feb 2020 :  23:58:31  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm almost sure there was something outside Planescape.
In Realms, IIRC, there was weirdness around Nchaser's tower?

The list of the gods only shows aurora borealis as Valkur's manifestation.

quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Seethyr
through your own musings,

The Opalescent Bridge (to the Gods)
That elemental highway
[...] all of the weals and woes of the world.

This sounds like cloning the stairs.
Also, why would anything elemental would have anything to do with gods (other than specific influences)?

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AJA
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Posted - 11 Feb 2020 :  04:12:06  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote

The word 'elemental' in this case doesn't have to do with the DnD creature, but rather the dictionary definitions of "fundamental; basic; primal; motivated by or symbolic of primitive and powerful natural forces or passions." Or you could substitute in 'primordial' (perhaps even with a capital 'P' as in the 4E concept of the Dawn Titans), if you're so inclined. And yes, it could be a Celestial Staircase of sorts, among other things.


It could also just be a bunch of myth and folklore and bard's tales, told around the trail-fire.


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