The Prime Material plane (also seen as Prime Material Plane) was the plane in which Toril and the surrounding cosmos existed. The phrase "Prime Material plane," or simply the "Prime," was generally used by beings from other planes in the Forgotten Realms cosmology (notably Sigil), and "prime" was used by the same beings to refer to the inhabitants of Toril.[3]

At first it was thought that there was an infinite number of material planes, among them the Prime Material plane, the Abeiran material plane, Oerth's material plane, Krynn's material plane, and the universe in which Earth was located.[4] However, by the mid-14th century DR, it was generally accepted that there was only one material plane (called the Prime Material plane), which contained the crystal spheres of many different worlds separated by the phlogiston.[5][6]



  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. Jeff Grubb, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan (September 2001). Manual of the Planes 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 41–44. ISBN 0-7869-1850-8.
  3. Monte Cook (1996). The Planewalker's Handbook. (TSR), p. 8. ISBN 978-0786904600.
  4. Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 117. ISBN 0880383992.
  5. Monte Cook (1996). The Planewalker's Handbook. (TSR), p. 32. ISBN 978-0786904600.
  6. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 300. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.