P is for Planar Bridge

alphabet (p)When the Mending occurred, all existing planar portals had stopped working. The Planar Bridge is an artificial planar portal, created by the inventor Rashmi on Kaladesh. This invention is the only known example to replicate their function. The Planar Bridge, however, can only transport non-organic or dead matter. Planeswalkers are the one exception.

“It is finished. Now the real work can begin.”
—Tezzeret

The Planar Portal was stolen by Tezzeret, by order of Nicol Bolas. Tezzeret took it off the plane, and incorporated it in his body.

After putting together some of Bolas’ machinations on Ixalan and Amonkhet, Jace and Vraska theorized that something on the plane of Ravnica was of extreme interest to Bolas. It seemed to be part of his plan to reclaim his lost power. In order to reach this goal, they reasoned that he planned to use the Planar Bridge to invade the plane with an interplanar army of immortals, while trapping the resident planeswalkers.

Bolas’s plan came to fruition, when Tezzeret opened up the Planar Bridge in the Chamber of the Guildpact on Ravnica, reducing it to rubble, and the Dreadhorde invaded Ravnica. It was revealed that planeswalkers could travel through the Planar Bridge without danger. Dack Fayden, Ob Nixilis, Karn, and Samut traveled to Amonkhet and shut it off. The portal inside Tezerret’s chest exploded, which led to the larger portal that Eternals were actually walking through to implode and collapse upon itself. Tezzeret planeswalked away after his defeat. The scar of the planar portal was removed by the combined magic of the guildmasters of Ravnica, reviving Niv-Mizzet in the process.

After the war, Ral Zarek, Kaya, and Vraska were assigned to hunt down and kill Tezzeret, Liliana Vess, and Dovin Baan, respectively. Tezzeret planeswalked to multiple worlds before arriving at his fortress, the Seekers’ Sanctum in Esper on Alara. The damaged Planar Bridge had begun leaking energy that slowly seared the surrounding flesh on his chest. The energy trail it left also allowed the Wanderer to track him as she assisted Ral Zarek in his hunt for Tezzeret. During their confrontation, Tezzeret used the Planar Bridge to redirect Ral’s lightning strikes which rendered his attacks useless.

After Tezzeret’s victory, he used the Planar Bridge to orchestrate the abandonment of his fortress. The Wanderer later revealed that she could no longer sense its technology and that Tezzeret had most likely intended to be followed.

Planar Bridge (2)In Dungeons & Dragons

When it’s not deployed, the Planar Bridge looks like a heavy musical instrument that can be carried around. Uttering it’s keyword activates it on the spot as rotating cogs and electric coils light up in bright blue glow that connects all its pieces. Activating the Planar Bridge creates a gate effect identical to the spell, with no need of material components. A planar focus is required to select the destination of the spell, though: any object native to a particular plane can work as such.

In Eberron

After the Last War, many roads and even some sections of the Lightning Rail have been discontinued due to damage. New frontiers and new sovereign nations are difficult to negotiate with, and that’s why House Orien has developed the bridge in secret. What was first a means to teleport within Eberron turned to be more effective than initially intended, allowing its users to visit different planes of existence.

 


How are you planning to incorporate the Planar Bridge in your campaign? Can you think of a more effective means of transportation? What is the best way to weaponize it?

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