The Plane of Dreams is the backdoor to all reality. It is the realm ruled by the minds of dreamers, an endlessly changing sea of dreamstuff dotted with islands and skerries of individual fantasy. Prophecies and omens swim through the Dream Plane like shoals of eager fish and wizards, psions and dragons are known to swim through the sea to reach other planes.
Describing the Dream Plane is, of course, quite impossible. You have been there before, every night, but you forget the shape and form of it when you wake, recalling only fragments.
- 1 The Dream Spell
- 2 Plane of Dreams Traits
- 3 Survival on the Dream Plane
- 4 Features & Properties
- 5 The Dream-Sea
- 6 Dreamscapes
- 7 Hazards
Dream works by creating a dream-avatar for the messenger, who is then plane shifted into the dream-sea next to the dream of the target. The message is delivered by shouting into the sphere – the spell allows sound to penetrate the planar boundary.
- Time: One hour on plane equals one round on Material
- Highly Morphic: The plane responds to the will of a traveller. A character must make a Wisdom check (DC 16) to establish control or maintain control. Travellers who have already established control in the past get a +6 bonus to this check.
A traveller’s zone of control extends for a number of feet equal to his Charisma score. Within the zone of control, the traveller can shape the raw stuff of the plane as if moulding clay, creating air, stone, metal or whatever else is desired. The appropriate artisan tool proficiencies are needed to produce an item or building; however, a character can shape the contents of one five-foot cube each round.
Objects created by warping chaos melt away if they move out of the traveller’s zone of control, if the traveller falls asleep or if taken off the plane. A traveller may make a Wisdom check (DC 20 and the +6 bonus applies) to keep one five-foot by five-foot square from melting while he sleeps.
If two travellers try to mould the same area simultaneously, they should make opposed Wisdom checks to see who wins.
It is possible to gate or plane shift to the Plane of Dreams. Touching a sleeping dreamer replaces the metal rod material component of plane shift, allowing the caster to transport directly to the dreamer’s dream. Similarly, touching the dream avatar of a dreamer replaces the metal rod material component of plane shift, allowing the caster to transport to the location of the sleeping dreamer. It is possible to use coordinated dreaming to quickly slip from one plane to another without passing through the Astral Plane at all.
There are no natural portals to the Plane of Dreams, although there are minglings. Artificial portals generally go only to the dream-sea, but a few lead to permanent dreams.
The magic or skills required to survive on the Plane of Dreams vary depending on the dream. For dreamers, the plane is very rarely dangerous; should the dreamer die in a dream, the avatar dissolves and the dreamer awakens. However, those who have physically transported themselves to the Plane of Dreams are at risk of more permanent injury. Dreams have just as much substance here as mortal flesh, and a dream sword can cut as deeply as a real one.
The Plane of Dreams is divided into two regions – the dream-sea and the islands of dream.
Calling it a sea is mere fancy – from some perspectives, it is an ocean; from others, a constellation of stars; from still other points, a field of shifting energies. It is Highly Morphic, so it can be shaped by those with the will to do so. The only way to travel through the energies is to shape a road or river or some other surface to move across.
The Dream-Islands appear to be impenetrable bubbles of crystal floating in the sea. The scenes of the dream can be dimly perceived though the frosted shell of the bubble. In some places, they cluster thickly – where a whole city shapes, the sea is filled with tens of thousands of busy dreams. In other places, a traveler can swim for miles without encountering a single intelligible dream. Sometimes, dreams are shared (the four or five dreams granted to insects can be recognized from a great distance by their sound, the buzzing of trillions of dream-avatars all inside one vast shared dream). A successful Intelligence (Arcana) check (DC 17) allows an observer in the Dream-Sea to calculate what plane a dreamer is on by the position of the dream in the sea.
Usually, the only way to enter a dream from the Dream-Sea is to use a spell like plane shift to enter the pocket plane. Teleportation effects, however, will not work, as they cannot cross planar boundaries. Experienced dreamers who are aware of the existence of the Dream Plane can leave holes in the edges of their dreams, allowing a traveler to walk or swim.
Finally, a character of level 10 or higher may use Dreamers’ Tools to cast dream and fabricate once per day each while dreaming, as a wizard equal to his character level.
Each island is essentially its own pocket plane, known as dreamscapes, with its own unique traits. These dreamscapes have a Size trait of 2 + 1d10 and instantly dissolve when the dreamer awakens, although some planecrafters have managed to make a dream permanent by infusing it with Law or altering its Time trait. The Morphic trait of a dreamscape is always 14 (Narrative Morphic).
Other than these restrictions, a dreamscape may have almost any traits, to a maximum of +/-7.
The dream plays out within its own dreamscape unless interrupted by the dreamer waking (in which case the dream-avatar vanishes and the island and all its contents dissolve within 3d6 rounds), or if travelers enter the dream and are seen by the dreamer. The dreamer must then make an Insight check opposed by the traveler’s Deception skills; if the dreamer succeeds, he realizes that these strangers are not part of the dream, and begins to wake. The dreamer may make a Wisdom save (DC 13) to stay asleep, but is now conscious that he is dreaming.
Items can be taken from one dream to another, but they soon decay if removed from the Plane of Dreams. Anyone holding an item must make a Wisdom save each round (DC equal to the number of rounds since the item was taken from the Plane of Dreams) or the item dissolves. Only one item per person can be taken in this manner.
The only way to escape one of these dreams is to resolve it. Such dreams come in several forms:
- Questing Dreams: The dreamer is trying to get somewhere or attain some goal, but there are obstacles in his path.
- Dreams of Desire: The dreamer is trying to claim some prize, but the prize keeps moving or his path to it is blocked or treacherous.
- Dreams of Danger: The dreamer is being pursed by some monster or other threat, and must escape or defeat it.
- Dreams of Catastrophe: The dreamer is involved in some activity that has gone utterly and bizarrely wrong.
- Dreams of Madness: Surreal, symbolic dreams that defy logic.
The chief attraction of the Dream City is the Fool’s Market. While the things of dream cannot long exist outside the Dream-Sea, they can be used within it. There are wizard’s towers floating in the sea of dream, creating real items from dreamed components. All sorts of treasures can be bought for a pittance in the Fool’s Market – but caveat emptor, for your purchases may dissolve when the dreamer who dreamed them wakes.
Special Qualities: A dream-creature retains all the special qualities of the base creature, and adds:
Real only in Dreams (Su): If a dream-creature is removed from the Plane of Dreams, it begins to dissolve. The creature must make a Wisdom save every round (DC 10 plus the number of rounds since it left the dream-plane) or vanish.
Quasi-real (Su): Dream-creatures are only quasi-real. A character encountering a dream-creature may make a Wisdom save (DC 8 + the dream-creature’s proficiency + its Charisma modifier). If the save succeeds, the creature’s attacks and spells are reduced to 20% of normal effectiveness.
Resistant to Damage (Ex): Dreams are notoriously difficult to kill. When a dream creature reaches 0 hit points, it is only knocked out. Each dream creature has a specific weakness to a form of attack that will kill it permanently.
Climate/Terrain: Plane of Dreams
The plane can also be used as a dumping ground for plots and ideas that do not fit elsewhere. If a scenario about a cursed tower or fantastical mirror world does not fit into your campaign, have someone dream about it and trap the characters in that dream.
- A powerful wizard is rumored to dream of the spell he is currently researching. Ambitious thieves could find his dream, enter it and steal the spell – but what horrors must a wizard of such rank dream of?
- A mingling is occurring between the Plane of Dreams and the Material Plane, and dreams are spilling out into the world. Fear feeds on fear and nightmare on nightmare – if the common folk see horrors, they will dream of them and spawn yet more. How can the characters keep people distracted until the mingling ends?
- A creature on a far-off plane where time moves slowly – such as the Astral Plane – is dreaming of a dark god. This dream-god has immeasurable power and as such is capable of affecting the worlds beyond the Dream Plane. It is desperately searching for a way to become real. The characters must find the sleeper and wake it before the dream-god escapes the unreal prison of its dreamscape.