Greetings fellow lizards, I’m back with another brainstorming thread, this time for AoS! As many of you know I’m getting a lot more interested in AoS now with all the awesome stuff GW has released, and I’ve been thinking about the lore for a while now, specifically the nature of the Mortal Realms, and have since thought about how they could be seen as full physical planets that are interconnected by the magical realm gate portals (I don’t know if GW’s Canon officially describes them as such in Second Edition now, or if they have still kept it mysterious). Based on this, I have thought of how each Realm could be very similar to a planet we know, fictional or actual: Aqshy: This one’s pretty easy - volcanoes and lava everywhere, Aqshy’s got to be the Mustafar of AoS. Ghur: From artwork I’ve seen Ghur comes across as being largely a desert world (indeed a place where the tough survive and the weak perish). Although initially I thought Ghur would be similar to Tatooine, I’ve had second thoughts about this, because Tatooine has a lot of sand dunes and unstable sandy ground, which I haven’t seen in artwork of Ghur - the sand in those images is darker and the ground much more rocky. Bearing this in mind, I believe Ghur would be very much like Jedha from Rogue One, with rock formations everywhere creating vast canyons and mountain passes. Azyr: Azyr is the Realm of Heavens, so it would make sense that the planet of Azyr would be a gas giant, with its cities hovering in the air through Dwarven anti-gravity engineering of some sort (one of the things Grungni’s done to help the alliance). The gas giant would need to be one with a breathable atmosphere, or at least have some sort of habitable layer within it, so I would say that Azyr would be something like Bespin. Chamon: Chamon is the most difficult one to visualise in my view, as metal is not alive in the way a planet’s crust is. However, one piece of art has led me to a possible way to view it - the Kharadron Overlords artwork featuring a skyport really helps to conjure the image of Chamon being another gas giant, but one with a much more hostile climate and atmosphere like our own Jupiter (specifically one that contains a lot of gaseous metals like the aether-gold that the Kharadron harvest). Ulgu: Ulgu is a Realm where nothing is as it seems, so I believe a good candidate for this one would be a planet wreathed in mists and illusions like Dagobah, where you can always only see a few feet in front of you. Hysh: While I think it would be a bit silly if the Realm of Light was always full of bright dazzling light (nobody would be able to see each other or move around), I do think it would be a place where everything is clear and you would be able to see for miles around you in every direction, with a sun always shining so that it is always daytime. Therefore, I think the best candidate for Hysh would be somewhere like Crait with its flat plains of salt (although without the mountains). I think that such a planet would certainly be a good mirror image to the dark, misty Ulgu. Ghyran: Ghyran is of course the paradise world, so while there are several paradise planets in Star Wars, I think Naboo would be the best candidate for Ghyran, as it has all the different types of environment for supporting all the different animal life (forests for smaller creatures and plains for the larger ones), with a perpetually temperate climate. Shyish: From various illustrations, I’ve seen Shyish as being both as cold as the grave (literally) and congested with the settlements of the dead, so I see Shyish as being both like Hoth in terms of its freezing climate and having its surface almost entirely covered with buildings like Coruscant, but the buildings are shaped out of bone rather than built out of metal. In any case, I just thought this would be an interesting topic to discuss to pass the time, and I look forward to seeing what you all have to say on the matter.