I don't know. I don't run any published adventures and I am able to use the core "default" rules/game without any influence or knowledge of the Forgotten Realms. It doesn't feel like a default setting to me.Eh. It is by any reasonable meaning of the word "default", whatever WotC says!
I love this. Though in my personal understanding, the Shadowfell is more the future while the Feywild is the past, if that makes any sense. What's a castle in the Material may be an ancient forest that predated the castle in the Feywild. While in the Shadowfell, the castle is a crumbling ruin – an image of what it will be once it is long since past. But all three worlds are moving toward a future simultaneously, but echoing off each other.Positivity and negativity are principles of being and nothingness, respectively, that preexist the ethereal and the astral.
Ethereal (physical) and astral (mental) are partial glimpses of being within nothingness.
The stuff of ether differentiates into earth, wind, fire, and water, and other elemental energies. The stuff of aster differentiates into the diverse collective consciousnesses of various cultures.
The material weaves all of these aspects into living creatures, both physical and mental.
The fey is the lifeforce energies of these fateful living beings moving into to the future.
The shadow is the imprint of these lifeforce energies echoing from the past.
Both the celestial astral and the fey ethereal attune moreso with positivity.
Both the fiendish astral and the shadow ethereal attune moreso with negativity.
One can run the assumed rules of Planescape without running published adventures.You're completely outside the scope of settings then.
So the energy planes aren't elemental planes per se, but are similar, and intermix with the elemental planes in ways that strongly resemble how the elemental planes work. For instance, opposite elemental planes don't 'touch' (e.g. water and fire don't make a paraelement), and as far as we know, the energy planes don't 'touch' either. So what differentiates them from the elemental planes? Well, for one thing, they aren't of substance (though whether you could consider fire to be a 'substance' is arguable). They seem to be significantly emptier than the elemental planes, too, with a much lower number and density of native inhabitants. And they are usually depicted as separate from the elemental planes, though I don't think that's a very strong argument- after all, we've seen multiple models of how the planes fit together over the years.Negative and positive energy are inner planes, essentially elemental planes and are the foundations for the quasi-elemental planes. however there are no elementals of positive or negative energy (in-canon that i know of) should there be?
I don't think this holds much water. Not all undead are immune to necrotic (negative) energy, and most living things overload and explode if pumped full of positive energy.One could argue that undead and living are elementals of positive energy
Negative energy does beget undead, and there is definitely a strong connection. But other undead are strongly connected to cold or disease. And there are other things that use negative energy, though it's not common. As far as the gods, according to the lore, almost no deities make their homes on the energy planes. Those that do are usually deep students of the energies, because otherwise they can't withstand them. I think of the energy planes as more likely to be part of the raw 'stuff' that the primordials created than part of the arrangement that the gods imposed.Negative and positive energy seem more closely represented by the gods than they do by elementals, clerics channel the 2 energies, additionally there are a myriad of gods that represent death and undeath, the powers they bestow and their representation is that of negative energy.
Why wouldn't they be?Why are elemental and outsiders effected by positive or negative energy?
I'm not quite clear on what you're asking here. IIRC, petitioners can't leave their Outer Plane without being destroyed, or maybe are destroyed forever if they do or something? Not so fiends and celestials.Are outsiders and petitioners representatives of the layer of the plane that is home to them and thus they are fueled by their plane?
Why shouldn't they? They can have elemental traits too.What is the deal with lower and upper outer planes having positive and negative energy traits if those are energies?
I don't think they especially relate to positive or negative energy. And as soon as you say "logically" when talking about the Far Realm, I think you're already on the wrong track. Are positive or negative energy in the Far Realm? Who knows? Probably? Maybe yes and no at the same time. Perhaps there is no answer.What do beings from the far realm relate to positive or negative energy? Logically all aspects found within the multiverse are found randomly and unimaginably throughout the far realm due to its nature being the greater khaos that the multiverse is a part from.
It's draining life. But when you're talking about mechanics from a single edition, I think you have to watch out for the tendency to read too much into them. The mechanic is there to show that they are 'eating' your life essence.If negative energy fuels undead, and positive and negative energy cancel each other out, why do some undead gain hit-points from bestowing negative levels? What is actually happening in that exchange?
Entropy works through negative energy/decay processes, among other things. Also through cold. So negative energy is one, but not the only, sign of entropy, and one, but not the only, way that entropy manifests.What is the difference between entropy and negative energy?
Probably because mortal humans fear the dark, and most information on the subjects has been reported by humans. Also, because so many undead use negative energy and are so tightly linked to the Shadowfell, it's easy to see how they could be conflated.Why is shadow so often associated with negative energy despite the plane of shadow not being the negative energy plane
It comes from the NEP. I posit that it entered the multiverse at or near the very beginning, as one ingredient among many. Think of the elements and material stuff as the "dry" ingredients (even though water is one of them) and the energies as the "wet" ingredients.With all of this in mind, where does negative energy come from? Where did it enter into the chronology and why?
I look at it in comparison to the 2 editions that specifically did have default settings.Eh. It is by any reasonable meaning of the word "default", whatever WotC says!
I'm assuming your talking early edition? Because the quasielemental (and paraelemental) planes were established in the 1e Manual of the Planes.Just a point of contention.
In 1e, though the negative and positive planes were part of the inner planes, they were just as separate from the elemental planes as the prime material plane was. They were separate, or on a separate level.
I'm fairly certain that negative energy comes from grognards, gate-keepers, and wang-rods.Negative energy is that energy which fuels undead in a way that positive energy fuels the living.
With all of this in mind, where does negative energy come from? Where did it enter into the chronology and why?