Beyond Rielunspace, the wider Aether is home to hundreds of thousands of worlds in the Spelljammer Gone Wild universe. There are steam-powered societies so old that their power approaches near godlike potential. Luckily, most of these worlds are beyond the reach of the fractured Kings’ Monarchy or the Elven Navy. However, once in a while a spelljamming ship will come into contact with a Steampunk Sentinel ship from one of these Distant Spheres (or The Beyond) and are either left in awe of the visitors powerful ship or left in ruins from that same power.
The reiger and the mercane seem to have knowledge of these ancient spelljamming people but refuse to talk about it with the other peoples of the space lanes. The only advice reiger give to captains and their crews that might encounter Steampunk Sentinel is to flee as fast a possible. It is better not to…
Another great image by by p2722754 on Pixabay, but I decided to use this one specifically for Time of Ages. I like the small but dangerous feel to this ship. Its crew would would be survivors — a small fish is very big pond.
While piracy is a huge concern in the sky above Rielun, out in the wildspace of Rielun’s sphere is another matter altogether. Pirates often take to the Aether to prey on ships coming into the sphere for the first time or to harass traders moving from planet to planet. (I really need to create the crystal sphere for Rielunspace. Hmm, I have a feeling it’s going to be huge.) While most of Rielunspace’s pirates are dastardly and greedy, there are some out in the space lanes just trying to survive. The ship below would belong to one of these small time survivors who would spend most of their time avoiding the patrols of the Elven Navy, which have a strong presence in Rielunspace and privateers for various Aether Kingdoms spread throughout the sphere.
Here is another free image I found on Pixabay that is perfect for Spelljammer. Use it as you wish and if you want to credit the artist, check out this page on the site. There are few other great pictures there that could be used for Spelljammer.
I found this image on Pixabay and immediately thought Spelljammer, and the image’s creator even noted it as being a steampunk-inspired creation. This old trader ship would be typical for the Aether skies of Rielunspace — older ships that have fallen out of favour in the spacelanes of the Kings’ Monarchy.
Here is another great image that was shared in the Spelljammer Facebook Group. The artist, Claudio Pozas, originally posted on Facebook and as a public post on his Patreon. He has graciously allowed me to share the image here on the Spelljammer Fanzine. Below is his description from his Facebook post.
This image was recently shared by J. Henderson on the Spelljammer Facebook Group on March 17th. The image’s origin were bit of a mystery to the members of that group but J. Fägerquist surmised that it might be from a 1980s graphic novel series, “Storm,” by British comic book artist Don Lawrence (1928 – 2003).
After a bit more research and a query on Facebook, it is definitely from Storm. Marrow is “a crystal-shaped planet, home of the Barsaman-games.” -Wikipedia
Posted by Thorfinn Tait Cartography; copyright to him and to Bruce Heard for the World of Calidar. This is a sneak peak and will likely be tweaked for the finished product, but we’re giving you a special look at the kind of things to expect!