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"Shard" of the Multiverse

SkidAce

Adventurer
D&D Beyond says
Travel to a new shard of the D&D Multiverse with Eberron...
I personally haven't heard them use that phrase, "shard" before. Do you think it was just D&D Beyond winging it?

Is it part of a coherent approach to the planes\multiverse?

I don't know and am curious if others have heard them use it, and in what context, before.



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cbwjm

I can add a custom title.
Probably a riff on dragonshards.

Also, the more I look at the image the more I agree with another poster that the elf on the front cover looks a lot like Angelina Jolie.
 

RSIxidor

Explorer
Probably it is just a riff on dragonshards but it would be kind of neat if this is how they eventually tackle explaining all the different universes.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
I vaguely remember an article where they mentioned Eberron being a shard of the multiverse in an interview, but can't find it now.

I'm sure we'll get more info as we go along, but I don't think it's anything the folks at DndBeyond made up.
 

Parmandur

Legend
D&D Beyond says

I personally haven't heard them use that phrase, "shard" before. Do you think it was just D&D Beyond winging it?

Is it part of a coherent approach to the planes\multiverse?

I don't know and am curious if others have heard them use it, and in what context, before.



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I honestly feel that it can go either way. They definitely worked out a Unified Field Theory for all D&D settings ever published to slot into one multiverse as the core basic setting assumed by the books. Now that they are definitively moving into non-FR territory (Greyhawk, Planescape, and Eberron in one year...), we'll see more if their overall scheme.
 

SkidAce

Adventurer
Yeah, for some reason it stuck out for me.

Like somebody who knew stuff used the word they had been using internally...

....but its not like it would be a big cosmic secret or anything...hehehe
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
"Shardspace" was used as the name for a Eberron and Spelljammer crossover fan-project that was ongoing back when the Gleemax forum was still alive.

But it's far more likely the MMO term just bled through because it's also a pun about Dragonshards.

Doesn't the MMU term refer to multiple copies of the same plane? That doesn't seem to fit.
They were meant to be parallel universes that started out as copies of the same place. Which then retroactively developed their own independent pasts and futures because its inexplicable quantum-magi-physics that only had to sound cool enough to placate the turbo nerds who were super deep into the lore. Allowing them to make independent game servers, retcons, and future installments of the game series without having to stand up to scrutiny.

Which fits perfectly with the idea that most of the D&D campaign settings are different versions of the same prime material plain.
 

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