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7/01/2017 6:47 pm  #1


I asked ye scribe on Facebook what his thoughts were on the under realms of Hyperborea, and was suggested to come here.  The thing is I was thinking about what the bottom of the realm was like Hyperborea, and so far there isn't one.

"I was wondering if you ever had a design for the bottom of Hyperborea. I was thinking about whether it would be a world hanging above the abyss like a city on the roof of a cavern, carved into and around giant stalactites; or if gravity on the disc of Hyperborea was like a spelljammer ship, and the residents walked upside down from the residents of the upper world."

So: do you have an idea for your realm?


7/02/2017 4:18 am  #2

Re: Underborea?

Oooh, I like the idea of having a completely different world on the other side. So many crossover possibilities.


7/02/2017 2:19 pm  #3

Re: Underborea?

In my Hyperborea, it's literally the Mythic Underworld: the abode of Gods, demons, and legendary beings of all descriptions.  The Shadow Realm where the souls of the dead go is down there as well.  A trip to Underborea would be the climax of a campaign, something only the mightiest of heroes would dare attempt.



7/02/2017 3:59 pm  #4

Re: Underborea?

I think I'd have it be something crazy, and hexagonal-shaped stones like the Giant's Causeway, basalt I think. I like the idea of building onto stalagmites.

Alternatively, I think it'd be a great excuse for exploding reality with a Dark City reveal: the place is actually a construct, built like those black monoliths, and the underside is where the puppeteers control the landscape.  Something like that.  Maybe it's completely barren, or maybe the Migo landed there.  No atmosphere?

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7/02/2017 10:33 pm  #5

Re: Underborea?

Antarctica from the Earth's long past populated by Shoggoths and Elder Things.

Good news:
There's a connection to Earth there

Bad news:
It's Earth a few billion years ago or so because of a weird time dilatation

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7/04/2017 7:54 am  #6

Re: Underborea?

Lots of great ideas! We enough more to make a random table with them. 

Blackadder23: Insanely long villain soliloquy, then "Your action?"
BORGO'S PLAYER: I shoot him in the face

7/09/2017 4:05 am  #7

Re: Underborea?

I've considered having the whole of Hyperborea riding on the back of some gigantic space-whale, an Elder God, or a massive "abandoned" starship of the ancient aliens... or perhaps these are just myths specific to the various cultures of Hyperborea.

"I, Satampra Zeiros of Uzuldaroum, shall write with my left hand, since I have no longer any other, the tale of everything that befell Tirouv Ompallios and myself in the shrine of the god Tsathoggua..."

7/09/2017 6:42 am  #8

Re: Underborea?

I imagine the underside of Hyperborea as a vast expanse of jagged, mountainous stalactites hanging down miles long, some inhabited by the deepest-dwelling denizens of the Underborea - research facilities of wicked sorcerer-scientists, nightmarish lairs of the worst demons, ancient spaceports for extraplanar invaders, cursed temple-tombs of long-dead gods, abandoned prisons brimming with damned souls, etc. Maybe others are active volcanoes, spewing hot lava into the Black Gulf (the beginnings of new asteroids, moons or even planets) or huge hives releasing horrific abominations into the Black Gulf.

Blackadder23: Insanely long villain soliloquy, then "Your action?"
BORGO'S PLAYER: I shoot him in the face

7/09/2017 11:28 am  #9

Re: Underborea?

I keep returning to envisioning Hyperborea in terms of Blish's Cities in Flight stories.  Underborea is the vast keel for this spin-dizzy-propelled and protected chunk of planet, launched millennia ago.  The obelisks mark the location of these engines and are, in part, part of the field-generation technology.  The humans long ago lost knowledge of the true nature of their world.  They survive because of the advanced AI-controlled technology that maintains the vast systems needed to sustain life and the illusion of planet-side life.  The AI placed the vessel in orbit around the nearest star that it determined could supplement its onboard-generated energy, thereby providing a better chance of the vessel's crew/passengers/inhabitants surviving over the long term.    The gods are actually avatars/simulations presented to the inhabitants by these AI's as a way of guiding the course of human civilization.  Of course, these AI also begin to have conflicts amongst their "selves".  The prime directive to maintain the vessel and its inhabitants is unassailable, but they do tend to each think its area of focus is the most important.  Ah, politics!


7/10/2017 1:04 pm  #10

Re: Underborea?

Were I not DMing a different megadungeon already, I'd probably start designing my own Underborea Megadungeon right away.

Scratch that, I might just give in to temptation later this week :D


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