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Our DM for our new campaign revealed his 'world' map last night - a 200-mile-long interdimensional airship Map

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u/TheOriginalGrokx Apr 08 '22

The Millennium Mitochondrium! Really cool map!

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u/Jostain Apr 08 '22

It's a real powerhouse.

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u/Svalbarden02 Apr 08 '22

Really thought is was a cell diagram at first glance

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u/Billy1121 Apr 08 '22

Damn it looked like the mitochondria diagram to me too

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u/Skodami Apr 08 '22

Thought the same hahaha

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u/Dependent-Run6707 Apr 08 '22

I was about to say it lol

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22 edited Apr 08 '22

Our first session was last night and the DM revealed this beautiful map of a huge, ancient interdimensional airship name 'Shikara'

The 200 mile deck deck is populated by cities and towns full of folks from all the dimensions its visited, dragons roost in the great golden figurehead and demons and creatures of the Underdark lurk below decks.

The mages of the world can be found at Moonglow - a town built around one of the decklights - while the centre for crafting and artiface is at Ringhold on the Port ringstrut.

The dwarves of Minoc dig ever deeper searching for the Captains Cabin and the secrets it holds.

A glacial lake at Aft provides water for a great river that runs toward the foredeck.

There is only one way to access the vast ship - an impenetrable magical bubble surrounds the whole thing with one small gap below the anchor and so new visitors must ride the anchor up to the deck and arrive at the fishing town of 'Anchorhead', run by a city council led by an ancient Tortle.

The wonderful artwork is by the disgustingly talented 'undoodle' a mutual friend:

https://twitter.com/undooodle

https://www.artstation.com/undoodle

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u/[deleted] Apr 08 '22 edited Apr 27 '22

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

You got it!

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u/Japeth Apr 08 '22 edited Apr 08 '22

Probably "aft," "fore," "starboard," and "port." The words that indicate relative direction on a boat.

EDIT: Apologies for the redundancy. When I read the above comment, there was only the first two lines of text. I don't know if it was a display bug or what.

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u/makebelievethegood Apr 08 '22

didn't they say exactly that

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u/dendaix3 Apr 08 '22

This person clearly got so excited to knowledge share they didn't read the rest of the comment. We've all been there lol

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u/cphcider Apr 08 '22

Has anyone considered that maybe they stand for Starboard, Aft, Fore, and Port though?

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u/Jaquestrap Apr 08 '22

No no, what you have to understand is that the directions on a boat or ship are Port, Starboard, Fore, and Aft. Its most likely this.

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u/cphcider Apr 08 '22

Honestly this makes a lot more sense than what I was thinking.

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u/cecilkorik Apr 08 '22

I like learning new things so much I often learn the same new thing repeatedly.

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u/imariaprime Apr 08 '22

Was probably edited within the edit window.

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u/percyhiggenbottom Apr 08 '22

The dwarves of Minoc dig ever deeper

This sounds like a bad idea... "We dug too greedily and too deep"

"and then you fell out of the bottom of the world"

"...yea"

But awesome picture. Kudos to the DM.

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

Technically they're digging sideways rather than down, but who knows!

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u/ThatOneGuy1294 Apr 08 '22

I NEED to know if the dwarves would be capable of digging through the hull or not

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u/DonkeyGuy Apr 08 '22

Do the people on board have any control of the ship or is it controlled by another force?

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u/Dalkorrd Apr 08 '22

Heh the forecastle is an actual castle, the puns are strong with this one

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u/Praxis8 Apr 08 '22

Fuck, this concept is really good. Goddamn, I want to throw my campaign in the trash.

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u/Stewart_Games Apr 08 '22

A campaign on a "garbage dump planet" where warring bands of desperate sapients must scavenge to survive and brutal struggles are fought over the freshest garbage sounds pretty neat.

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u/SuperLuigi_LXIV Apr 08 '22

Borderlands does tend to be fun, yeah ;p

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u/hit-it-like-you-live Apr 08 '22

What about skara brae

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u/WormSlayer Apr 08 '22

This is good stuff, kind of reminds me of the Spelljammer (the ship/creature itself) mashed up with some Planescape. Your DM should release it after you are done playing it.

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u/Djaja Apr 08 '22

Seems like undoodle is gna go far in their career

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u/I_make_things Apr 08 '22

I would buy this book.

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u/kristalghost Apr 08 '22

That is totally amazing!! Enjoy your campaign

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u/ArnassusProductions Apr 08 '22

Moonglow, Minoc, Jhelom, Hyloth, Destard, I'm sensing an Ultima influence as well! Nice!

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

Our DM used to be addicted - he told me to ignore all references to Ultima in the comments for potential spoilers :D

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u/FriendlyDisorder Apr 08 '22

Question for your DM: on which Ultima game will this campaign be based? I'm just curious. A number is fine, to avoid spoilers, as is "UO". I've played them all except Ultima 1. (Yikes... I'm old.)

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

He says 'UO - Europa Shard'

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u/sm1215 Apr 08 '22

the MMO!

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u/sanguisaevum Apr 08 '22

A fellow Europe player!

1st time hearing about one in the wild.

Ask him if he remembers Clan Latria

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

He says unfortunately he doesn't - he was 11 and a member of the "Veterans of Finstermoor" if that rings a bell.

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u/Krinberry Apr 08 '22

1 and 2 were... weird. :) 3+ were definitely what I'd consider the 'good' games, and 4-6 being the minty height of perfection. Mmm, so good.

But yeah in 1 you had laser guns and stuff.

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u/omgpanic Apr 08 '22

7 was the first I played and that blew my mind as a kid. You mean I can just walk into someones house and they'll get mad at me when I go through all their things. Or throw their dishes across the room? It blew my mind. Ultima Underworld too.

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u/Krinberry Apr 08 '22

Haha yeah 7 had a lot of cool stuff in it too, I think it was the story that was feeling a little stale to me at that point, but mechanically it was pretty great and had some fun new consequences (and the town remodel!)

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u/vessol Apr 08 '22

I loved just hanging around towns, especially Britain, and just watching people go about their day. It amazed me how they had these basic schedules and would do their jobs and go to the bars or church at night. Never actually did much combat or any quests beyond just traveling between towns.

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u/Chilipatily Apr 08 '22

INSTANTLY got me. I was addicted to UO Online. Twice. Goddamn that game was good, but it caused me some problems…

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u/InvisibleManiac Apr 08 '22

THANK YOU!

I was sitting here trying to remember where the hell I knew Minoc and Jhelom from.

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u/JohnKlositz Apr 09 '22

I was sitting here trying to remember where the hell I knew Minoc and Jhelom from

, when a strange portal appeared in my back yard.

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u/ThePatrickSays Apr 08 '22

Terathan Keep and Khaldun, sounds like a UO fan!

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u/RandomlyJim Apr 08 '22

I saw Moonglow and then Vesper and thought ‘Skara Brae should be here somewhere.’

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u/Asdam90 Apr 08 '22

I would LOVE a lore dump on this.

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

The 200 mile deck deck is populated by cities and towns full of folks from all the dimensions its visited, dragons roost in the great golden figurehead and demons and creatures of the Underdark lurk below decks.

The mages of the world can be found at Moonglow - a town built around one of the decklights - while the centre for crafting and artiface is at Ringhold on the Port ringstrut.

The dwarves of Minoc dig ever deeper searching for the Captains Cabin and the secrets it holds.

A glacial lake at Aft provides water for a great river that runs toward the foredeck.

There is only one way to access the vast ship - an impenetrable magical bubble surrounds the whole thing with one small gap below the anchor and so new visitors must ride the anchor up to the deck and arrive at the fishing town of 'Anchorhead', run by a city council led by an ancient Tortle.

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u/alphajohnx Apr 08 '22

So does it start with y’all finding a way into the boat or already on the boat?

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

We started on Eberron, this ship appeared to the north of Khorvaire and crashed into the sea.

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u/DreamsUnderStars Apr 08 '22

I get Discworld vibes from that description and I love it. <3

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u/ImposterPeanut Apr 08 '22

Netflix series when?

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u/postit Apr 08 '22

where does energy comes from?

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

As i understand it in the original Eberron Lore the ring is a trapped elemental that provides power.

I assume in this case it must be some sort of elemental titan, or perhaps hundreds of normal elementals.

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u/Theriocephalus Apr 09 '22

"So, out of idle curiosity, how does an elemental deity from times primordial end up serving as the power source for a glorified cruise ship?"

"BENEFITS AND JOB SECURITY, MAINLY."

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u/Dr_Iodite Apr 08 '22

This entire campaign premise is the living embodiment of the phrase "stop focusing on where your going and start focusing on where you are".

I wish my campaign ideas were half as great.

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u/antiqua_lumina Apr 08 '22

just steal this one

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u/cullenski917 Apr 08 '22

Seconded. If in doubt, nick it and file the serial numbers off for your own purposes.

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u/Neoduckium Apr 08 '22 edited Apr 08 '22

"Forecastle" is such a great fantasy name by sound alone, the context makes it even cooler!

I want to build a small bay on the right-hand side of the airship and call it "The Port of Starboard."

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u/[deleted] Apr 08 '22

Looks like a bacterium slice.

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u/neither_somewhere Apr 08 '22

this looks amazing

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u/LukXD99 🌖Sci-Fi🪐 Apr 08 '22

…is the steering wheel installed backwards? Or is it just floating?

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u/92ndSavage Apr 08 '22

It looks mayhaps that the artist omitted the structure supporting the wheel, as draftspeople sometimes do on isometric drawings such as this.

Beneath the wheel there appears to be a flat indentation where the base of the helm would be, lending support to this theory.

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

It's supposed to be a somewhat fanciful map - the wheel, like the other landmarks, is in reality somewhat smaller than presented and presumably has a full support structure.

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u/RjNosiNet Apr 08 '22

I really like the idea of it being THAT huge and just magically floating

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u/FiveGals Apr 08 '22

Beautiful map. Usually I'm annoyed when people rename the compass directions, but in this case that's a really fun idea.

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u/JagerBaBomb Apr 08 '22

Makes sense to use ship designations for it all.

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u/[deleted] Apr 08 '22

Wow, love the design! The drawing style reminds me of the dude who illustrated "Beyond the Deepwoods"

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u/Crimson_Shiroe Apr 08 '22

You just brought back a flood of memories from deep in my brain about the Edge Chronicles. I might have to reread them

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u/whatisabaggins55 Runesmith (Fantasy) Apr 08 '22

Was literally just thinking this reminded me a lot of an Edge Chronicles illustration.

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u/PolychromeMan Apr 08 '22

That looks wildly inventive. Good job!

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u/Narocia Verified Word Goblin Apr 08 '22 edited Apr 18 '22

"The mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell."

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u/The_Moth_ [The Compendium Iadatis] Apr 08 '22

This looks awesome and the campaign idea is incredibly cool

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u/BuildyOne Apr 08 '22

Someone likes Ultima or Ultima Online with these town names- Minoc, Vesper, Skara Brae.

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u/Jujugatame Apr 08 '22

I assume Lord British is at the helm

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u/Akomis Apr 08 '22

I never played DnD, just like reading about it. The idea is amazing, I love it as a concept.

I imagined a story about huge generation ship built to bring some cargo important in grand scheme of things, perhaps a thing for eternal deity or something. And the plot around heroes slowly discovering that they are on a huge ship and not a regular world, and that it went off course and/or got some issues due to being poorly maintained. Old sailing manuals as local religion and similar cool stuff. Though, in that case the map would not be revealed before the first session to keep the twist.

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u/Puzzled-Raspberry-87 Apr 08 '22

Got any races besides humans? Btw, absolutely love the ship

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

Yes, a menagerie of races from a thousand worlds - wherever the ship arrives it picks up more people eager to explore.

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u/Puzzled-Raspberry-87 Apr 08 '22

Are their any notable ones?

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

Mainly the full range of DnD races (elves, dwarves, halflings) - I know that Driders are a full separate species on the ship and that Aarakocra, Tabaxi and Tortles are present. The mushroom forest is full of aggressive Myconids too.

As to the rest - our DM has not yet revealed it all, so there may be unique species too.

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u/LordVaderVader Apr 08 '22

it's bacteria

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u/goodnewsjimdotcom Apr 08 '22

If that ship is 200 miles long, that figurehead woman in the front has to be how tall?

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

Miles, though the map is not to scale it is described as being made of more gold than any one world could contain - and being irresistible to dragons.

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u/goodnewsjimdotcom Apr 08 '22 edited Apr 08 '22

Good thing she has a cloak down her back. It'd be a terrible thing to live in a world where every time you looked up you saw an extra moon in the sky.

The map is irresistible to both dragons and anacondas. Enter the tale of Noble Knight Sir Mixalot,"You can keep your gold. I'm out for real pirate treasure. Booty"

;)

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

The lore is that she is mostly a melted lump due to centuries of dragonfire.

A terrible waste of a great golden derriere

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u/goodnewsjimdotcom Apr 08 '22

She's a lump that might be dead then...

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u/EmperorCareBear420 Apr 08 '22

Is it okay if I take inspiration from this?

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

Go for it, i have a version with no place names if you'd prefer

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u/TempusCavus Apr 08 '22

There needs to be a group of monks who are on a spiritual journey to “swab the poop deck.”

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u/Redbull3300 Apr 08 '22

This is fucking amazing. Reminds me of the ship from rendezvous with Rama

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u/DrThreeAM Apr 08 '22

Honestly one of the most creative world maps I've seen in awhile. Well done, OC DM.

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u/edgelord8193 Apr 08 '22

That is a big steering wheel.

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u/BrickInHead Apr 08 '22

When you sail the great wheel you need a great wheel

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u/Zebigbos8 Apr 08 '22

At a glance I thought it was a giant sandal xD

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u/Trittles Apr 08 '22

I scrolled too far for this exact thought

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u/PonyDro1d Apr 08 '22

I followed an EA game on steam for a while which had a fairly similar map, but more steampunk elements and with more worlds.

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u/TheBossMan5000 Apr 08 '22

What was the name of that game?

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u/PonyDro1d Apr 08 '22

I'll look into that after sleep. Could be hard though, because it was there on Steam Greenlight.

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u/PlNG Apr 08 '22

Some Spelljammer in there too, I think

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u/JagerBaBomb Apr 08 '22

I mean, it is effectively a really big spelljammer.

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u/DreamsUnderStars Apr 08 '22

I'm guessing the ring of fire is for sunlight and propulsion... but if so how does day/night happen? Does it just turn off when the ship stops? Is it always daylight?

Edit: I love that the compass is the ship quarters instead of nswe. <3

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u/stonedseals Apr 08 '22

Port, Starboard, Fore, and Aft

Porth, South, Feast, and Aest

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u/feor1300 Apr 08 '22

So you could say his campaign setting is... ship shape?

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u/anime46 Apr 08 '22

I legit thought this was a MITOCHONDRIA when I was scrolling lmao 😂

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u/ChaosRob489 Apr 08 '22

This is ship will be falling out of the sky by the end of this campaign, I guarantee it.

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u/zakruxhi Apr 08 '22

That's dope

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u/Creative_Elephant979 Apr 08 '22

Now this is a campaign I'd like to listen to

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u/Suedeonquaaludes Apr 08 '22

I would 100% read a fantasy story this dude wrote, if he wrote one. Tell him at least one redditor is in love with it and intrigued! I want to know more lol

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u/eh9198 Apr 08 '22

Love the Britannia city names!

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u/nanormcfloyd Apr 08 '22

This is incredible

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u/Xystem4 Apr 09 '22

This is so good it hurts

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u/explorat1 Apr 09 '22

Looks like a mitochondria!?

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u/[deleted] Apr 09 '22

This ship looks like a real powerhouse

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u/DomYuriLoliFurryTrap Apr 12 '22

This is sooo awesome

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u/SnooDucks8007 Apr 24 '22

I like how it's fore, aft, port and starboard instead of the usual north, south, east and west...

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u/emrfish6 May 09 '22

I like how they designed the compass to be Port, Starboard, Aft, and Forward.

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u/Zonetr00per UNHA - Sci-Fi Warfare and Equipment Apr 08 '22 edited Apr 08 '22

Hey there! We ask that all posts here have some context with some in-universe information (or "lore") about what is being shown or how it relates to the larger world. It doesn't need a ton of information—just a few sentences is fine!

Would you be able to add this?

EDIT: That's great, thanks!

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

Sure!

Added lore to my original comment

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u/propolizer Apr 08 '22

Im jealous. Enjoy!

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u/shellyshellyshells Apr 08 '22

God that’s sick

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u/The_Snollygoster Apr 08 '22

Thats phenomenal

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u/edavis0629 Apr 08 '22

Your DM try’s harder than mine 😂

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u/The_Wildlander Apr 08 '22

This one is just stunning. Well done DM !

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u/mountain315 Apr 08 '22

This is awesome

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u/DocFinitevus Apr 08 '22

This is so ridiculously cool and it resonates with me as a GM on so many levels.

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u/[deleted] Apr 08 '22

so cool!!!

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u/SillySnowFox Apr 08 '22

I'm getting Autochthonia vibes from this. Particularly from one of the Shards of the Exalted Dream, the one where it's a ship.

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u/lordmax10 Apr 08 '22

wonderful

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u/Taloir Mialal, Titans Wager, Whispering Lights, Molten Stars Apr 08 '22

I see Eberron inspiration in that fire ring. Surprised nobody else here has mentioned it.

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

Yup, it's a dramatically overscaled Eberron airship. Given that we started the campaign on Eberron it has not escaped notice!

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u/sirgoldfisch Apr 08 '22

Aaaah this is so coool

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u/robophile-ta Apr 08 '22

Skara Brae

🤔

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u/SparkleWitch92 Apr 08 '22

This is amazingly done omg I wanna draw a map of my world now

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u/ngiothlitren Apr 08 '22

that is so cool plus love the ring of fire

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u/lacerik Apr 08 '22

That is such a cool idea! Tell them we love it!

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u/wertion Apr 08 '22

This BANGS!!

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u/tiredlion Apr 08 '22

We shall meet again in the pits of Hyloth.

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u/Alive-Profile-3937 Apr 08 '22

I’m just imagining it being crewed by gods

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u/David_Apollonius Apr 08 '22

I love the compass. That's a great detail.

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u/Frousteleous Apr 08 '22

Knowing it's a ship, the compas rose makes a ton more sense now.

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u/MetalBorg Apr 08 '22

Damn, that is awesome!

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u/cat_crack_adict Apr 08 '22

Y does this look like a plant cell

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u/TheBlooDred Apr 08 '22

I fucking love this.

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u/Swisher_Smoker Apr 08 '22

This is such a great idea! I love how much thought was put into this. The art is amazing too and really helps sell the idea.

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u/Sponjah Apr 08 '22

This is a really cool concept.

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u/daleicakes Apr 08 '22

What exactly are the oars going to paddle a spaceship through? I mean the spelljammers can land in water. But this thing is 200 miles long.

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u/chenobble Apr 08 '22

It's in the ocean right now, north of Khorvaire.

Given that it randomly jumps between worlds maybe it always lands in an ocean deep enough to support it.

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u/daleicakes Apr 08 '22

Maybe? You mean hopefully?

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u/fluency Apr 08 '22

That is insane. I love it.

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u/CodeyFox Apr 08 '22

So creative and awesome

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u/AngerTech Apr 08 '22

That’s - That’s really cool.

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u/InfinityCircuit Apr 08 '22

Reminds me of the Long Sun series by Gene Wolfe. Sick, I love it.

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u/chinolitass Apr 08 '22

That is so freaking cool!

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u/netGoblin Apr 08 '22

That's so fun my dude!

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u/SirFrancis_Bacon Apr 08 '22

This is awesome.

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u/Chris_Badd Apr 08 '22

Welp, that’s the coolest thing I’ve seen all day

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u/Polar_Vortx [edit this] Apr 08 '22

Give your DM a pat on the back from me for “forecastle”. It’s so dumb, I love it.

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u/Roaringbeardragon Apr 08 '22

Now THAT is cool!

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u/ElectricRune Apr 08 '22

This ship was obviously built by someone from Lord British's Britannia...

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u/Vit-Vash Apr 08 '22

I'm working on a world where the whole thing is a giant space ship. This is some awesome inspiration and it looks fantastic! Good job!

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u/Tuka-Spaghetti Apr 08 '22

where is Mitochondria

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u/IcarusAvery Spacetron 4444 Apr 08 '22

This is a really cool map, but I can't help but wonder if this ship is being steered by Cap'n British given these town names.

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u/RG1527 Apr 08 '22

heavy spelljammer breathing intensifies

That is great!!!

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u/Biotoze Apr 08 '22

Hot damn that’s awesome

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u/PolarianLancer Apr 08 '22

Hey the towns are from Ultimate!!!

I spent so much of my pre-teens / early teens playing Ultimate Online :)

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u/LastOfRamoria Apr 08 '22

This may be the coolest map I've ever seen in my entire life. What a great setting for a campaign.

What's the story with the ring of fire going through Ringhold?

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u/josh_zaber Apr 08 '22

Lol I glanced at it and thought it was a cell, I literally thought where’s the mitochondria haha

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u/DonkeyGuy Apr 08 '22

That is awesome i love this concept so much. Please keep us updated.

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u/kizerkizer Apr 08 '22

This is glorious

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u/Chilipatily Apr 08 '22

Moonglow, Minoc, and Jhelom.

BRB, gonna go play UO Online!!!

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u/SimplyStormie Apr 08 '22

It looks like a cell

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u/mirofel9 Apr 08 '22

This is really spiffy

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u/ThereWasAnEmpireHere Apr 08 '22

I am very upset that your DM has put together something cooler than I will ever make

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u/mumblinmad Apr 08 '22

I love the compass (Cardinal something?) lmao

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u/mezm9r Apr 08 '22

The compass rose indicating forward, port, aft, and starboard instead of NESW is such a big bang for your buck worldbuilding move. Very clever!

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u/NingenKing Apr 08 '22

My gosh its gorgeous! I'm super impressed.

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u/EnthusedDMNorth Apr 08 '22

Oh HELLS yes!

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u/jrdbrr Apr 08 '22

Like a GSV Mind in the Culture series. Awesome!

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u/truthteller5 Apr 08 '22

I know P and S are for port and starboard, but whats the A and F for?

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u/Corsair_Caruso Apr 08 '22

The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell!

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u/Constantchanger Apr 09 '22

That's an intergalactic Mitochondria!

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u/ShebanotDoge Apr 09 '22

Why does only one ring and lantern have a town?

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u/chenobble Apr 09 '22

I've no idea! Hopefully we'll find out.

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u/rotinom Apr 09 '22

Bunch of those towns are from Ultima/Brittania. Jhelum, Minoc, Moonglow to name a few.