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Goober4473
2015-11-25, 04:16 PM
I'm planning to run Out of the Abyss in a few months, but I've noticed a lack of detailed descriptions of the terrain and atmosphere of the Underdark in general, despite some sweeping claims about the ambiance and theme of the adventure. So I'm looking for images and descriptions of generic Underdark locations. Things the players might pass by, have a random encounter at, etc.

Here are some images I've come across that I liked:
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/26073880/images/1374096841195.jpg

http://bitgrabbers.com/public/screenshots/thumbnails_large/thmbl_dearesther_2013-01-20_16-46-18-02.jpg

http://bitgrabbers.com/public/screenshots/thumbnails_large/thmbl_dearesther_2013-01-20_16-41-46-25.jpg

https://muleabides.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/underdark_fungus.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xTfsFLq71ec/UE3BUeVKhHI/AAAAAAAABCg/2YmI3rrzPjU/s1600/mushroom+forest.jpg

http://pre13.deviantart.net/f862/th/pre/i/2014/267/a/0/concept_art__cave_by_espj_o-d80dg3k.jpg

http://orig10.deviantart.net/b2c6/f/2012/120/7/2/water_cave_by_falindriel-d4y1ph3.jpg

http://orig08.deviantart.net/7e71/f/2008/268/8/6/ice_cave_by_zen_master.jpg

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/43/b8/33/43b833a0eb5f2fcf4407bdb190d2dbe0.jpg

http://img05.deviantart.net/f30a/i/2010/078/7/1/mushroom_cave_by_ravenseye1113.jpg

Anyone have any more images? Or text descriptions of landscapes?

MrStabby
2015-11-26, 06:32 AM
I'm planning to run Out of the Abyss in a few months, but I've noticed a lack of detailed descriptions of the terrain and atmosphere of the Underdark in general, despite some sweeping claims about the ambiance and theme of the adventure. So I'm looking for images and descriptions of generic Underdark locations. Things the players might pass by, have a random encounter at, etc.

Here are some images I've come across that I liked:
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/26073880/images/1374096841195.jpg

http://bitgrabbers.com/public/screenshots/thumbnails_large/thmbl_dearesther_2013-01-20_16-46-18-02.jpg

http://bitgrabbers.com/public/screenshots/thumbnails_large/thmbl_dearesther_2013-01-20_16-41-46-25.jpg

https://muleabides.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/underdark_fungus.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xTfsFLq71ec/UE3BUeVKhHI/AAAAAAAABCg/2YmI3rrzPjU/s1600/mushroom+forest.jpg

http://pre13.deviantart.net/f862/th/pre/i/2014/267/a/0/concept_art__cave_by_espj_o-d80dg3k.jpg

http://orig10.deviantart.net/b2c6/f/2012/120/7/2/water_cave_by_falindriel-d4y1ph3.jpg

http://orig08.deviantart.net/7e71/f/2008/268/8/6/ice_cave_by_zen_master.jpg

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/43/b8/33/43b833a0eb5f2fcf4407bdb190d2dbe0.jpg

http://img05.deviantart.net/f30a/i/2010/078/7/1/mushroom_cave_by_ravenseye1113.jpg

Anyone have any more images? Or text descriptions of landscapes?

Well I get the impression that your underdark is moist and blue?

Goober4473
2015-11-26, 01:22 PM
Well I get the impression that your underdark is moist and blue?

And full of mushrooms.

Mostly I want to get away from just "you're in a cave." The forward to Out of the Abyss suggests the Underdark is a Wonderland-like place, full of weird, amazing, beautiful, and dangerous things.

Here's another one:
http://images2.alphacoders.com/222/222020.jpg

MrStabby
2015-11-26, 05:30 PM
So this is quite interesting. I had always imagined the underdark to be somewhat dingy and dull.

With fog, mushrooms and huge crystal formations you could make a glowing fairy landscape if you wanted to.

I also mentally pictured it as being more tunnel focussed. The images you show are much more open and expansive than I imagined.

I think some underground seas would be pretty awesome. You get freaky weird stuff under the sea; you get freaky weird stuff in the underdark. If you wanted a home for something even weirder then it would be a good fit?

JAL_1138
2015-11-26, 06:27 PM
Obligatory:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a7/Flag_of_Afghanistan_(18801901).svg/2000px-Flag_of_Afghanistan_(18801901).svg.png
If you've not got darkvision and didn't bring a light source...

NRSASD
2015-11-30, 02:34 PM
Check out the game Sunless Sea by Failbetter games. This game has really shaped and refined my ideas of the Underdark. Basically, take Victorian London, place it in a gigantic cavern deep beneath the surface next door to Hell, and make death an uncertain quantity. Exotic, original, and weird beyond measure, but never dull. Reminds me a lot of the old Planescape setting actually

http://www.nerdsraging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Fallen-London-01.png
http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/sunlesssea.gamepedia.com/thumb/a/a1/SS_Locations_Saviour's_Rocks.png/260px-SS_Locations_Saviour's_Rocks.png?version=25fe4b209 27fb648b0db5009f9e9e657
https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/projects/613510/posts/603734/image-328972-full.jpg?1379602068
http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/sunlesssea.gamepedia.com/thumb/9/97/SS_Locations_Salt_Lions.png/260px-SS_Locations_Salt_Lions.png?version=0dccb7b3dc0dba beaa761a98cc670baa
http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/sunlesssea.gamepedia.com/thumb/4/4f/SS_Locations_Iron_Republic.png/260px-SS_Locations_Iron_Republic.png?version=224fbc06b6e aec4d2ae3151fe3168888
http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/sunlesssea.gamepedia.com/thumb/2/20/SS_irem_portgaz.png/260px-SS_irem_portgaz.png?version=41f5ecd62755d89b63b845 d7d426c652