The World

Once a whole planet, now various size floating earthmotes. Sizes range from 50 square feet up to about 500 square miles.

Dragons created the world, the races and creatures, and are the only deities. They do not directly rule the various countries that exist, but they are heavily involved behind the scenes... manipulating and scheming in many cases to ensure things do not get out of hand again.

A powerful human wizard king objected to the influence enjoyed by dragons and challenged the dragon deities; he was defeated. The final act of the wizard involved a massive ritual spell that was poorly countered by the dragon gods.

The ritual was corrupted and its powere boosted through wild magic, resulting in the fracturing of the planet and the complete annihilation of the human race.

The core of the planet remains as a small solid sphere of various metals and stone. It is completely covered by water, which is much saltier than the original planet's oceans. The surface of the core ocean is about 2500 miles from the surface of most islands.

Each earthmote is held aloft through the power of mote crystals. These crystals are rare, so there is much less landmass now than before the shattering. Only areas with mote crystals survived the shattering.

Larger earthmotes contain large forests and mountains where mining still occurs. However the bulk of lumber, metals, and ornamental stone are conjured rather than gathered.

There are no longer any seasons. Earthmotes at/near the poles are frozen, those at the equator are hot and humid. Very few earthmotes are desert or arid.

Water evaporates at the core, becoming clouds at roughly the altitude of the earthmotes, which rains down on most of them as usual.

Winds are generally gentle unless a thunderstorm is in progress. Storms can occur over land or void without much reason or warning.

Travel between earthmotes is accomplished through "air jammer" ships. These ships are captained by a magic user (wizard or sorcerer) who controls the movement of the ship through magic. They are kept afloat using special mote crystals embedded in their central mast.

Gunpowder does not explode in this universe. It does cause a thick smoke and can be used to make smoke "bombs" that do no damage when used. Gunpowder is known as smokepowder in all know languages.

Air ships are protected through magic and/or various kinds of ballista. Pirates are rare, since a simple Fireball can disable and possibly destroy an air ship in a matter of seconds.

Earthmotes, especially the smaller ones, travel slowly around in the void. This is known as The Dance. Occasionally they come close to other motes, sometimes (very rarely) causing small wars to break out.

Some communities have connected motes together through iron chains and bridges.

The mote crystals in the larger earthmotes are found in a large cluster rather than as a single crystal.

One of the properties of mote crystals is a kind of field similar to magnetism that prevents them from getting too close to other mote crystals. The larger the crystal/cluster, the greater the distance. Kind of like magnets repelling each other. This has the side effect of not allowing ships powered by a mote crystal to fly over an earthmote.

The world is populated by many flying creatures adapted to the vast voids between earthmotes. Most fly via wings, but some swimming creatures were transformed to use lighter-than-air bladders for floatation. These use their flippers/tails to provide slow propultion.


The dieties of Shatterlands are ascended dragons. The seven gods and goddesses represent different aspects of the world, not necessarily the dragons themselves. The gods are not immortal, they participate in conflicts that can sometimes result in their death.

When a position becomes vacant, any ancient dragon that feels so compelled will compete with the others for the right to ascend. Sometimes this competition spills out onto the world, involving thousands of mortal creatures. Normally however, if any mortals get involved it's only a handful of champions aiding one or another dragon in the competition.

All thinking beings on Shatterlands are very much aware of the gods, but none are compelled to worship any of them. Some people may say prayers for protection or fertility, but it is known that such prayers are not answered by gods directly. Churches are very rare, occuring only on very large earthmotes with large populations.

Clierics are the exception, of course, as well as some Paladins who choose to dedicate themselves to one or more of the deities. The devine domain chosed by a cleric dictates which deity they channel their spells through. If a specific deity has died and has not yet been replaced, the cleric simply focuses on another diety within the same domain.

The MotherGoddess of Life, Fertility, and NatureGrave, Life, Light, Mote, NatureGreen Dragon
The FatherGod of Justice and CharityLight, Order, PeaceSilver Dragon
The WarriorGod of Courage, Protection and DisciplineOrder, Tempest, Twilight, WarRed Dragon
The MaidenGoddess of Wealth, Love and BeautyLife, Mote, Nature, PeaceGold Dragon
The SmithGod of Crafting and StrengthForge, Light, Mote, Twilight, WarCopper Dragon
The CroneGoddess of Wisdom, Foresight and TrickeryKnowledge, Trickery, WarWhite Dragon
The StrangerGod of the Dead, Cruelty and DeceitDeath, Grave, Life, Trickery, TwilightBlack Dragon

General house rules

All items have a Quality and Rarity value. Qualities are Low, Poor, Average, Good, Fine, Exceptional, Pristine, and Flawless; rarities are Common, Uncommon, Rare, Very Rare, and Unique. Magic items that are labeled Legendary and Artifact fall under the Unique category.

Most items are conjured and made available in public centers, these are all considered to be Common, though quality can vary depending on caster level. There are also many common magic items such as fire wands, camp stones, animated brooms.

Rarity does not automatically determine value. A Very Rare but Poor quality diamond could be worth much less than a Common but Flawless emerald. The following table gives a rough converstion from GP value to Quality, assuming Common rarity.

Relative value by Quality - For reference only
Low1cp - 1sp
Poor1sp - 1gp
Average1gp - 10gp
Good10gp - 50gp
Fine50gp - 100gp
Exceptional100gp - 1000gp
Pristine1000gp - 10,000gp
Flawless> 10,000gp

Character Generation

Available PC Races:

Giff changes

Replace the Firearms Mastery trait with the following:

Crossbow Mastery. You have a mystical connection to crossbows that traces back to the gods of the giff, who delighted in such weapons. You have proficiency with all crossbows and ignore the loading property of any crossbow. In addition, attacking at long range with a crossbow doesn’t impose disadvantage on your attack roll.

Plasmoid Extra Details

Plasmoids only need to eat once per week. Normally the consume food items through osmosis, but they can form mouths in which they shove food, in an effort to fit in with humamoids. They do have to stay hydrated; failing to maintain moisture levels results in a dry outer layer forming and the plasmoid falls into a state of hybernation until enough water is absorbed to regain functionality.

Plasmoid live in very small groups on Earthmotes at the equator that consist mostly of swampy or tropical rain forest terrain. They have no societal heirarchy, preferring to live solo or in pairs unless the location is small, forcing more of them to live in closer contact.

Plasmoids are genderless; reproduction occurs when two plasmoids merge pseudopods, formed specifically for the purpose of mating. DNA is passed to the larger of the two plasmoids, who then splits into two with the partner's DNA combining in one of the two halves to create a new individual plasmoid. Plasmoids do not have a childhood, they are formed as functional adults but without any of the experiences of the parents.

Plasmoids are ageless. Baring injury, they will live forever. There are many who have lived since before the shattering.

Class changes