Created By: Ekuran on October 2, 2011 Last Edited By: Ekuran on December 26, 2011
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Elemental Plane

A dimension/area/setting/etc. that represents or is made of a concept/thing.

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redirects:Plane Of Whatever.

A setting that represents or is made of a concept/thing. It may or may not be sentient, in which case it may also have an avatar running around. Elemental Embodiments are likely to come from this place.

Compare Elemental Nation, which may be an example. Compare and contrast Anthropomorphic Personification, for when it's a person rather than a place.


Examples:

Literature
  • The Five Forbidden Regions in the Xanth series: the void, the region of water, the region of fire, the region of earth, and the region of air. Each region is filled with terrain and weather that represent it: the region of water, for example, contains a lot of lakes and it rains often.
  • Death's Domain and the Palace of Time in Discworld. Both symbolizing their concepts as much as the Anthropomorphic Personifications who inhabit them do.
  • Robert Silverberg's novel Son Of Man is made of this.

Live-Action TV
  • There's a universe of shrimp mentioned as a gag on Buffy/Angel.

Tabletop Games
  • In Dungeons & Dragons, there are many of these. The "inner planes" include planes of Air, Earth, Fire, and Water, as well as the planes of "Positive Energy" and "Negative Energy".
    • In the Planescape setting, the "outer planes" include a plane representing each of the Character Alignments, and the "inner planes" also include "quasielemental" or "paraelemental" planes such as "the Plane of Dust", "the Plane of Lightning", etc.
    • Module WG7 Castle Greyhawk. The Queen of the Honeybee Hive on level 7 opened a gate to the Demi-Plane of Flowers, a gigantic plain covered with every imaginable type of flower and plant.
    • 4th Edition takes the elemental planes and mixes them into one plane, the Elemental Chaos.
  • All of the Tit ans seen in Scion, as of yet. Of those that haven't been, it's safe to assume that the vast majority also are.

Video Games
  • World of Warcraft hinted at those in the past, but really went nuts with the concept in Cataclysm:
    • Deepholm, the plane of Earth, made of mostly shiny rocks and crystals.
    • Firelands, the plane of Fire, with lots of magma, ash, lava and hot air.
    • Skywall, the plane of Air, consisting of mostly clouds and wind.
    • The Abyssal Maw, the plane of water, typical underwater flair everywhere.
  • The Legend of Zelda plays this in spades. Every console game has a Forest theme, Fire theme, Water theme, Death theme, and Light theme.
  • EverQuest has a bunch of these. Indeed, an entire expansion is called, "The Planes of Power", which contains something like 15 different planes. And there are more planes from other expansions.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • The Family Guy episode "Road to the Multiverse" featured quite a few of these.
  • One episode of Fairly Oddparents had several. A character attempting to get to "Fairy World" ended up in "Scary World", "Dairy World", and "Hairy World".
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  • October 2, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Tabletop Games:
    • In Dungeons Of Dragons, there are many of these. The "inner planes" include planes of Air, Earth, Fire, and Water, as well as the planes of "Positive Energy" and "Negative Energy".
      • In the Planescape setting, the "outer planes" include a plane representing each of the Character Alignments, and the "inner planes" also include "quasielemental" or "paraelemental" planes such as "the Plane of Dust", "the Plane of Lightning", etc.

    Webcomics:
  • October 3, 2011
    SharleeD
    Does it have to be specifically designated "Plane of" to qualify? Or can it simply be a plane of all one thing, like the universe of shrimp mentioned as a gag on Buffy/Angel?
  • October 3, 2011
    Micah
    Elemental Plane Of Whatever? A title that's actually a complete noun phrase would be good...

    I would think that the Buffy example doesn't count. It's made of shrimp, but so far as we know it doesn't represent shrimp. That said, I'm having trouble thinking of non-D&D-related examples of the trope as written, so expanding the definition might not be a bad idea.
  • October 7, 2011
    Dawnwing
    Literature
    • The Five Forbidden Regions in the Xanth series: the void, the region of water, the region of fire, the region of earth, and the region of air. Each region is filled with terrain and weather that represent it: the region of water, for example, contains a lot of lakes and it rains often.
  • October 8, 2011
    DaibhidC
  • October 12, 2011
    kuyanJ
    How about just "Elemental Plane"?
  • October 12, 2011
    GKaiser
    World Of Warcraft hinted at those in the past, but really went nuts with the concept in Cataclysm:
    • Deepholm, the plane of Earth, made of mostly shiny rocks and crystals
    • Firelands, the plane of Fire, with lots of magma, ash, lava and hot air
    • Skywall, the plane of Air, consisting of mostly clouds and wind
    • The Abyssal Maw, the plane of water, typical underwater flair everywhere

  • October 12, 2011
    GreenMachine
    Webcomic
    • Irregular Webcomic: The Infinite Featureless Plane of Death. Note that this is apparently a parody/shout out to Discworld, even though the author denies (in jest) ever reading that series. I wouldn't know, I've never read Discworld.
  • November 16, 2011
    HumanaUox
    I like "Plane of Whatever" myself.
  • November 16, 2011
    Rytex
    The Legend of Zelda plays this in spades. Every console game has a Forest theme, Fire theme, Water theme, Death theme, and Light theme.
  • November 16, 2011
    InsomniacWeasel
    In Tabletop Games: All of the Titans seen in Scion, as of yet. Of those that haven't been, it is safe to assume that the vast majority also are.
  • November 17, 2011
    darkapothem2000
    The Family Guy episode "Road to the Multiverse" featured quite a few of these.
  • November 19, 2011
    EgregiousEric
    Dungeons And Dragons 4th Edition takes the elemental planes and mixes them into one plane, the Elemental Chaos.
  • November 22, 2011
    darkapothem2000
    Bump
  • November 22, 2011
    Fanra
    Ever Quest has a bunch of these. Indeed, an entire expansion is called, "The Planes of Power" which contains something like 15 different planes. And there are more planes from other expansions.

    In The Noob webcomic that parodies games such as Ever Quest, they have "The Plane of Cheese" among others.
  • December 6, 2011
    KZN02
    See also Elemental Nation?
  • December 10, 2011
    LeeM
    Robert Silverberg's novel Son of Man is made of this.
  • December 14, 2011
    henke37
    • Nethack has some in the end game, I've read.
  • December 16, 2011
    matsuiny2004
    Whats the difference between this and alternate universes?
  • December 16, 2011
    Ekuran
    An Alternate Universe can be anything. This is a generic "place" that is (either literally or metaphorically) a [insert concept/thing here].
  • December 22, 2011
    ACarlssin
    One episode of Fairly Oddparents had several. A character attempting to get to "Fairy World" ended up in "Scary World", "Dairy World", and "Hairy World".
  • December 25, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons (cont.)
      • Module WG7 Castle Greyhawk. The Queen of the Honeybee Hive on level 7 opened a gate to the Demi-Plane of Flowers, a gigantic plain covered with every imaginable type of flower and plant.

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