Pluton, also called Olympian's Gloom, was the third layer, also called third gloom, of Hades in the Great Wheel cosmology[5] and an astral dominion in the World Axis cosmology.[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

Pluton was not as cold as Niflheim but still a cool place. However, its vegetation was that of a subtropical place with willows, olive trees, and poplars. These trees were in the state of dying for an unknown but very long time.[3] It was believed that these trees had petitioners inside them and druids could feel the trees' sadness.[5]

The Blood War was not waged in Pluton but sometimes fiends came to get the soul of a particularly skilled person.[6]

Cosmography[edit | edit source]

The base of Mount Olympus was located in Pluton, close to the entrance to the realm of Hades. Since it avoided the tho upper layers of Oinos and Niflheim, it was frequently used by travelers, despite being a dangerous and treacherous route.[7]

Notable Locations[edit | edit source]

Aeaea
Hecate, the Greek interloper deity of magic and the moon, had her primary realm on Pluton.[8]
Corpus
Corpus was a city that was made of people. For example, streets were made of living bodies.[9]
Hagsend
The mother of night hags, avaricious Cegilune, made her realm here.[10][11]
The Hill of Bones
The Hill of Bones was a place where nightmares went to die. The place was sacred to them and removing a bone incurred the wrath of all nightmares who learned of the theft.[12]

Rumors & Legends[edit | edit source]

One of the legends about the origins of the Raven Queen stipulated that she was originally a sorceress who led a rebellion against a god of death who held domain in Pluton. Other deities recognized her as one of their own, but, in order to prevent her from becoming a tyrant much like the defeated deity, granted her domain over death but not the dead themselves.[3]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jeff Grubb (April 1987). “Plane Speaking: Tuning in to the Outer Planes”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #120 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 42–43.
  2. Richard Baker, John Rogers, Robert J. Schwalb, James Wyatt (December 2008). Manual of the Planes 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 16. ISBN 978-0-7869-5002-7.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Richard Baker, John Rogers, Robert J. Schwalb, James Wyatt (December 2008). Manual of the Planes 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 13, 111. ISBN 978-0-7869-5002-7.
  4. Jeff Grubb, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan (September 2001). Manual of the Planes 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 108, 111. ISBN 0-7869-1850-8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Colin McComb (December 1995). “Liber Malevolentiae”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Conflict (TSR, Inc.), p. 59. ISBN 0-7869-0309-0.
  6. Jeff Grubb, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan (September 2001). Manual of the Planes 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 111. ISBN 0-7869-1850-8.
  7. Colin McComb (December 1995). “Liber Malevolentiae”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Conflict (TSR, Inc.), p. 45. ISBN 0-7869-0309-0.
  8. Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 123. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  9. Colin McComb (December 1995). “Liber Malevolentiae”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Conflict (TSR, Inc.), pp. 60–61. ISBN 0-7869-0309-0.
  10. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 109. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  11. Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 176. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  12. Colin McComb (December 1995). “Liber Malevolentiae”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Conflict (TSR, Inc.), p. 64. ISBN 0-7869-0309-0.

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