The Quasi-Elemental Plane of Ash
The Quasi-Elemental Plane of Ash is formed as a combination of the Negative Energy Plane and the Elemental Plane of Fire. This plane is strangely reminiscent of the Elemental Plane of Earth, but instead of being made of stone, it is made of packed ash about the consistency of soft ground. Aside from the constant threat of cave-ins in its caverns and tunnels, the plane is very cold, as the ash hungrily draws the heat out of whatever it touches – debate rages as to whether this plane, the Para-Elemental Plane of Ice, or the Quasi-Elemental Plane of Vacuum is the coldest in the multiverse.
As with the other planar junctures, the Quasiplane of Ash has ‘border’ areas that touch neighboring planes, allowing certain conditions to ‘bleed through’ from one plane to another. Where the Elemental Plane of Fire meets Ash, it forms the paradoxical Sea of Frozen Flames, where raging flames have frozen into an astonishingly beautiful field of crystalline flames which, although they do not emit heat, will still burn anyone who touches them. Towards the Negative Energy Plane, the plane opens into an area of drifting flakes known as the Empty Winter, where intrepid explorers are exposed to both cold and negative energy effects. The Embers are the region next to the Para-Elemental Plane of Smoke, and is marked by a massive cloud of hot, stinging ashes. The Cinder Wells is the juncture with the Para-Elemental Plane of Magma, and is a place of ash islands split with rivers of molten magma. The Wasting Place marks the blending of Ash and the Quasi-Elemental Plane of Dust, and is called that as the entropic effects of Dust and the cold effects of Ash slowly weaken and erode even the hardiest traveler. Finally, the juncture with the Quasi-Elemental Plane of Vacuum is marked by an open area known as the Sparkling Vast, an area filled with drifting glass-like particles that inflict a petrifying curse upon those who venture there.