'There are some mages who can travel to the Nine Hells and back, and others still who can create their own planes of existence. But these stones... these so-called Peresallapides Stones... If one were to obtain one of these... Well, that would be entirely different. That person would be able to traverse reality as a whole, albeit against their will, as if it were naught but our own Material Plane. They would be able to explore other multiverses entirely, where there is no concept of good or evil, or perhaps where only one of the two has simply always existed without the other holding it back. Perhaps some realities do not even contain a speck of arcane or divine energy. What a dull reality indeed. I can only imagine that a world like that would be quite unstable, prone to racial infighting and disease, among many other things, considering there would be absolutely no magic to assist in the resolving of these issues.'
The Peresallapides Stones are an enigma to every single wizard, priest, scholar, and adventurer who has ever had the pleasure and/or displeasure of discovering one of them. It is unknown truly how many of these ancient stones there are in existence, but a few things are certain. For one, they are small, easily fitting within a human's palm. Second, they are covered almost entirely with eldritch and alien runes that no known entity has ever been able to decipher. Lastly, upon simply holding one, the user and the stone vanish entirely from their reality, reappearing in another one, and likely an utterly alien one. The stone is also, while not destroyed, rendered useless upon jumping to this random reality, and more than likely trapping the user there unless it so happens that these stones exist in other realities. Even then, one would still have to locate them all over again. The information known about these stones was provided by someone from another reality who discovered one of them and was transported into our reality as we know it. How the stones were created, or who created them is utterly unknown to us, but some speculate that they may be connected in some way to the Elder Gods that exist between the fabrics of all realities, but there is little evidence to back this claim. While the exact number of realities is unknown, scholars can speculate what some may consist of. Some say that there is a reality where the sentient races are in fact large insects, specifically types like praying mantises, stag beetles, and wasps. There are others who say that one reality is a dark, barren, and ravaged wasteland where the air is always foul, the water is fresh blood, and the dim red moon shines down upon the shadowy spirit-like humanoids dragging their chains as marks of their enslavement upon the crying earth. Others still debate over the possibility of a 'Meta-Reality', where every other reality is created. Those who support this concept hypothesize that if one were to access this 'Meta-Reality', they could effectively become the creation god of a new reality entirely of their own creation. They say that a few minutes in the 'Meta-Reality' could be hundreds or even thousands of years in the new reality.
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Yikes. Those things are a game changer. Just the touch alone will zap you to an unknown reality.
The summary implies you can travel with them however the content says they instantly send you to another dimension and you cannot return with them...how do people know they exist?
I like the reality changing aspect but I need some help understanding the utility of the item and how you would use it. Saving my vote in hopes of some clarifying edits.
Thanks for submitting it!
Thanks for the helpful advice. I made a tiny edit to the precluding text to have it match with the rest of the text. I also added a bit of a speculated origin involving the Elder Gods of the Cthulhu Mythos, albeit only vague, as even scholars aren't entirely sure. Lastly, I added the fact that someone was warped into OUR reality by a stone in their reality, and through that person we know, or at least assume, most of these facts regarding the stones.
Feel free to let me know if the edits seem out of place, or if I should still add more.
The teaser really made this for me. I am a sucker for in world voices and perspective.
But let me see if I get this right about the stones. A single stone exist in two realities but functions only as a one-way door. Thus stone A existing in reality A&B provides travel from reality A to B but does not provide travel from B to A. Or do you take the stone with you when you jump?
I like the idea of the stone existing in both realities at the same time, but working like a one-way door. That way they always have potential as a plot device Then these stones could used a form of execution or a religious object. Imagine a cult that had one of these stones and used it for human sacrfice. Sending each victim to another reality. But let us say one of these victims finds the return trip stone. Then you get the dead returning, maybe not in the same spot, maybe not in the same time, but into the same reality.
As game a tool these are a good kickstarters for a game or a character. Let us say one of your players wants to play an anthrpomorphic albino tiger who worships the God mistakes and confusion, doesn't work in your world until wait, Tony the Accident Prone cat/cleric stumbles upon a Peresallapides stone. Zap and he stumbles into the Inn.
There are multiple stones that can exist in a single reality, but the exact number is unknown. Perhaps it fluctuates? One universe may have 4, where another could have 400, perhaps.
As far as the whole 'Point A to Point B' thing, the stone does travel with the owner, but as soon as they arrive there, it is just a mundane stone with no runes or magical effects of any kind (unless in the new reality throwing rocks is some kind of magic).
I like your idea of using it as a form of execution/exile. Quite sinister indeed.
so you have a finite number of stones, once a stone is used it is dead?
Correct. Once a stone is used, it is essentially dead. If there are ways to 'revive' them, these methods are unknown.
As far as having a finite number, that is also correct, more or less. It would ultimately be up to the GM how many exist amongst all realities, how many realities actually do exist, and if more stones can conceivably be created from scratch.
This sub is meant to provide more inspiration than 100% finite rules for how to use these stones. I do appreciate all the questions, though. To be honest, this was just an idea that popped into my head yesterday, and a lot of what is in it was thought up as I typed it, and/or was added after comments were posted. I'm glad these questions are coming up, as it helps me solidify my own admittedly vague concept even further.
4/5 Very nice first sub! I'm a sucker for vague cthulhully goodness, I don't find it vague at all.Good epic-level item.
I'm glad you like the reference to the Elder Gods. Of any fantasy/sci fi setting I've seen this far, the Cthulhu mythos is definitely one of the most intriguing to me, so don't be surprised if future submissions of mine also have elements of it.
PM me on any Cthulhu stuff and Ill be sure and vote/comment!!!!!!
kinda weird yet interesting. Slightly reminiscent of 70's era fantasy/sci-fi. Love the name of the stones. Flows off the tongue!
Glad you like the name! If you were curious as to how I go the name, I actually went into Google Translate and put in the words 'far travel jumping stone' and translated to Latin. They may have been in a different order, but it was something to that effect. Then I just cut some letters and fused the words into one.
Hey, these are novel and cool stones / ideas!
I like everything about this submission. I like the fact that it is a breath of fresh air.
Not sure how to use them, except perhaps as plot items. Well... Planar travel is always fun, and my players have not traveled the planes since 2004.
A useful addition to any fantasy world. Something that must be kept away from the Big Bad.