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The world (sometimes called the mortal world or the natural world) of the Dungeons & Dragons game is only one piece of a much larger cosmos. The world is surrounded by the Feywild and the Shadowfell, parallel dimensions that lie tantalizingly close at hand. It stands on foundations of matter drawn from the seething Elemental Chaos that preceded creation. And yet, at the same time, the mortal world drifts as a lonely speck of light and life in the eternal expanse of the astral mists. All these realities that exist beyond the world of mortals are known as the planes of existence -- or just "the planes" for those who come to know them well....

A special thanks goes to Kate Irwin and Keven Smith, art directors for this project, plus the interior artists Rob Alexander, Dave Allsop, Steve Belledin, Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai, Chippy, Daarken, Eric Deschamps, Steve Ellis, Jason Engle, Ralph Horsley, Howard Lyon, Warren Mahy, Torstein Nordstrand, William O’Connor, Lucio Parrillo, Anne Stokes, Francis Tsai, and Franz Vohwinkel.

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