The House of Nature was a neutral plane in the World Tree cosmology model. It was home to the deities Chauntea, Lathander, Silvanus, Eldath, Gwaeron Windstrom, Lurue, Mielikki, Shiallia, Nobanion, and Ubtao.
Description[edit | edit source]
While considered a neutral plane by sages, the House of Nature was a place of natural harmony and goodness, encompassing many of the ideals of the plane of Elysium from the Great Wheel cosmology.[note 1]
Flora & Fauna[edit | edit source]
In addition to all variety of animals one might expect to find on a plane of nature, fiercer varieties, such as the fhorge, were plentiful. Strange creatures made entirely of plant and wood also inhabited the wilds of this plane.
Inhabitants[edit | edit source]
The House of Nature was the native home of the race of celestials known as guardinals, animalistic beings of inherent goodness. There were also guardinal paragons, many in number, who served almost as deities to the plethora of animals populating the plane. These paragons included Talisid and the Five Companions but were not limited to them. They focused on defending the House of Nature from the forces of evil.
Bariaurs and unicorns also lived here, as did intelligent celestial animals who were once natives of the Material Plane. These petitioners of the deities of the House of Nature began their lives here as humanoids, but over time, they were changed slowly into animal forms.
The petitioners lived in small communities, never building or changing their environment, but living in complete communion with the natural realm around them. If injured, they healed quickly, and they were immune to electricity and poison and resistant to fire and cold.
Divine Realms[edit | edit source]
Many deities and guardinal paragons had realms in the House of Nature. In addition to those described below, animal lords, such as the cat lord, called the House of Nature Home. So did Syranita, goddess of the aarakocra, Skerrit, god of centaurs, and other lesser-known deities of nature-oriented races. Gwaeron and Lurue dwelt in the House of Nature, but they did not maintain realms here.
The borders of the realms described below were fluid, with hard-to-distinguish boundaries.
The Deep Forest[edit | edit source]
Silvanus' realm was located in the deepest forest of the House of Nature, where the greatest trees grew so dense as to block out all light.
The Great Mother's Garden[edit | edit source]
This was the realm of Chauntea. While she was considered a goddess of agriculture, her realm was not, in fact, cultivated. Instead, all manner of foods grew here naturally and in abundance.
The Grove of the Unicorns[edit | edit source]
The High Glade[edit | edit source]
The High Glade, home to Shiallia, was found next to Mielikki's domain.
The Labyrinth of Life[edit | edit source]
In the warmest region of the House of Nature was found this dense, vibrant, mazelike jungle. This was Ubtao's domain. Bursting up from the center of the jungle was a plateau, upon which all variety of dinosaurs roamed in isolation from other beasts.
Morninglory[edit | edit source]
The realm of Lathander was a place of natural beauty infused with the colors of dawn and included a mountain lake and a meadow. Here stood a cathedral of tall timber that served as Lathander's home. Anyone resting in Morninglory felt fully refreshed in half the time as usual.
The Pridelands[edit | edit source]
This region of the House of Nature was a vast savanna. Here, Nobanion ruled his wemic petitioners. The savannah was spotted with groves, one of which protected a portal to the Gulthmere Forest on the Material Plane.
The True Grove[edit | edit source]
Here, Eldath abode in a ring of tall oak trees with a bubbling spring in its center.
Appendix[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 158–159. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
- Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 140–141. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
- Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 258. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 189. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
Connections[edit | edit source]
Prime Material plane • Feywild • Shadowfell • Fugue Plane
Transitive Planes: Astral Plane • Ethereal plane
Inner Planes: Elemental Plane of Air • Elemental Plane of Water • Elemental Plane of Earth • Elemental Plane of Fire • Elemental Chaos
Para-Elemental Planes: Frostfell • Swamp of Oblivion • Fountains of Creation • Great Conflagration
Quasi-Elemental Planes: Lightning • Radiance • Minerals • Steam • Vacuum • Ash • Dust • Salt
Outer Planes: Arcadia • Mount Celestia • Bytopia • Elysium • Beastlands • Arborea • Ysgard • Limbo •
Pandemonium • Abyss (Layers) • Carceri • Hades • Gehenna • Nine Hells • Acheron • Mechanus
Energy planes: Positive Energy plane • Negative Energy plane
Planar Pathways: Infinite Staircase • Oceanus • Mount Olympus • Styx • Yggdrasil
Prime Material plane • Cynosure • Fugue Plane
Transitive Planes: Astral Plane • Ethereal plane • Plane of Shadow • Spirit World
Celestial Outer Planes: Arvandor • Brightwater • Dwarfhome • Dweomerheart • Gates of the Moon • Golden Hills • Green Fields • House of Knowledge • House of the Triad
Fiendish Outer Planes: Abyss (Layers) • Barrens of Doom and Despair • Blood Rift • Clangor • Deep Caverns • Demonweb Pits • Fated Depths • Fury's Heart • Hammergrim • Nine Hells • Nishrek • Supreme Throne
Neutral Outer Planes: Dragon Eyrie • Heliopolis • House of Nature • Jotunheim • Warrior's Rest
Inner Planes: Elemental Plane of Air • Elemental Plane of Earth • Elemental Plane of Fire • Elemental Plane of Water • Positive Energy plane • Negative Energy plane
Planar Pathways: Infinite Staircase • River of Blood • World Tree
Prime Material plane
Fundamental planes: Astral Sea • Elemental Chaos
Astral dominions: Arvandor • Banehold • Celestia • Cynosure • Deep Wilds • Demonweb Pits • Dismal Caverns • Dwarfhome • Eternal Sun • Fugue Plane • Gates of the Moon • Green Fields • House of Knowledge • Nine Hells • Nishrek • Supreme Throne • Towers of Night • Tu'narath • Warrior's Rest
Elemental realms: Abyss (Layers) • City of Brass • Cresting Spires • Fimbulwinter • Hidden Realm • Muspelheim • Root Hold • Sky Home • Steading • Thraotor • Undying Pyre • Zerthadlun
Parallel planes: Feywild • Shadowfell
Anomalous planes: Far Realm