This is a website dedicated to the Planescape setting of the Dungeons & Dragons game. Planescape lets players explore distant and exotic realms where belief is as important as knowledge, where an idea can be more powerful than a strong sword arm, and where a quick tongue is as persuasive as an enchantment. It’s an explosion of philosophies, a glorious crash of different mythologies, and a mighty fun game to boot.
My name’s Jon Winter-Holt, and I was responsible for the intriguing mess that was mimir.net, the de facto spiritual internet home of Planescape in the late 1990s. The site was based around the concept of the mimir, a magical construct designed to provide information (and a fabulously fun and occasionally cheesy official CD to boot). Well cutters, with the D&D 5e reboot of Planescape I thought it was about time to drag the old site out of its Astral dead-book and reanimate it. Right now I’m in rebuilding mode, refreshing the content from mimir.net v2 and adding all the original Geocities mimir v1 content that still makes sense to the new format. There’s also a ton of brand new material; I’ve been busy fleshing out Lunia and some of the lowest-numbered Abyssal layers. See what you think, I’d love some feedback. And watch this space for much, much, much more.
The Legal Bit: Mimir. net is unofficial fan content permitted under the Fan Content Policy. It is not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. © Wizards of the Coast LLC.
With that out of the way, I guess it’s time to hand you over to the narrator and owner of the mimirs…
Lady’s Grace, cutter!
They call me Voilá!. That’s my name, berk, though cutters who’re friends tend to drop the ! Seeing as we’re getting acquainted (or at least, you’re getting to know me a little) you can call me Voilá.
No, I ain’t a mimir too, but I ain’t actually here right now either. See, mimirs are nothing more than recording devices on which I use to store my information. Out here on the Planes, knowing the right dark is valuable, see, and I’m not one to let jink slip through my fingers. Well, I’ve done some travelling in my time, and all that time I’ve been sharing my innermost thoughts with these here mimirs. They’re mighty good listeners, are mimirs.
Well, I’ll let you carry on playing with the Mimirs
That’s what they’re here for, after all: To answer your questions about the planes. Just go right ahead: there’s all sorts of darks stashed away inside those barmy metal skulls. Not all of ’em mine, neither…most of these mimirs’ve had many previous owners. That’s a story for another time, though; I’ll leave you in peace. If you need anything, just ask. You don’t learn nothing by staying quiet, right?
What’s that? You’re still here?
I suppose you’re interested in the website and what on earth I’ve been doing not updating mimir.net for the last 23 years. Can I blame the Millenium bug? Probably blame the PhD, dropping out of playing AD&D for an age, and then D&D 3e coming along and it all being Too Much to jump back into. Fast forward to 2019, a new city, new gaming group, and a new set of rules – hello Pathfinder, and yikes!
All the meantime I’ve been squirrelling away ideas, paying for hosting the old mimir site, and fixing the odd bug/virus/server issue so it kept on floating freely in the Astral. And then finally, I found the motivation to do something with the thousands of pages of notes I’ve collected over the years, fantastic bits of writing I was sent back in the late 90s and never got round to publishing, and the even bigger job of looking back at all the material that’s been put out while I was hibernating… 3e, 3,5e, Pathfinder 1, 4e, 5e, Pathfinder 2. Yikes again. And now the new rebooted Planescape. I’m still waiting for my alternative cover version…not long to go now!
Ever the completist, I wanted to find a way to integrate the best bits of lore from all of the above settings, revamp my old mimir material, mix in a ridiculous amount of extra goodies. I also wanted to make a site that didn’t feel look like it was born at the dawn of the world wide web. I mean, I didn’t use flashing text but, almost. I would like to point out however, that mimir.net is older than
dust Google. Just saying…
As I went about trying to properly reference the folks who’d done so much for Planescape in the olden days when it was in print, I realised to my dismay that mimir.net was one of the last sites still standing. So many other great resources seem to have been swallowed up when Geocities plane shifted into the Negative Energy Plane that is Yahoo and then imploded. Fortunately my packrat habit meant I had a lot of things saved on my own drive, and I’ve become adept at plumbing the depths of the Wayback Machine, Oocities and Reocities to rescue old material. I’ve excavated goodies from dead-booked sites like Alex Robert’s Tiefling’s Exultation, Ken Lipka’s Wings of Mephits, and many more: Rasgon, Randir, Belarius, MC Gianni… If you are any of those people, or remember the PSML, drop me a message! It’s been too long.
And finally, I thought I’d give the new-fangled AI tools a go and see whether they were all they were cracked up to be. Colour me impressed with Midjourney. I’ve resolved to create as many illustrations as I can (as I’m a spectacularly un-visual person I find it really helpful). I’ve also been dabbling with chatGPT which has been quite helpful at bringing together my piecemeal notes and bits of interweb lore written by multiple sources, turning it into something coherent, and leaving me to edit, fact-check, add extra flavour, cant and a sprinkling of sarcasm, correct all the spelling to the English versions <winky face> and bake in the air fryer until done.
Hopefully you like the new site format as much as I’ve enjoyed learning web 2.0 (5.0?) One of my peeves with the old site was it was really hard to find anything, and when the search function broke that made things even worse. I resisted the temptation to make mimir.net v3 a wiki, as frankly there are plenty of great ones already like rilmani.org and Forgotten Realms fandom which have been super useful in getting up to date with what’s changed since 2e. Instead I’ve picked WordPress, and a blog-like posting format. Extensive use of categories and tagging means you can carve up the content in endlessly different ways, and hopefully that means it’s now really easy to find things!
My plan is to continue working my way through reformatting old mimir material from v1 Geocities Mimir including plenty that never made it to v2 Mimir.net, everything from the former Mimir.net (although some parts will take longer than others), as well as dusting off previously unseen content, integrating material from Pathfinder where it fits, and dead-booked planescape sites of yore, more recent material I’ve come across or sites that have great content that deserve more attention. I want to thoroughly index the Outer Planes. Having just finished Lunia, I now realise what a mammoth task I’m setting myself. There’s so much more content available in 2023 than in the 90s! I’ll be crediting authors and sources where at all possible – but as many folks have moved on from their old email addresses, I’m going to adopt an ‘ask forgiveness not permission’ approach where I’ll reuse, recycle, reformat things I really like, credit the originator…and then remove if that offends anyone. Drop me a line on the page in question, there are contact forms all over the place.
I’m trying to be as well-behaved as possible otherwise – I’m not planning on reproducing material from official books, posting links to dubious PDFs, nicking artwork from D&D books or other sites. Berk, I even paid for a license to use the Exocet font this time around!
In terms of rule systems, I’m planning on keeping that as true neutral as possible. The Mimir is all about in character exploration of places, people and ideas. I’ll leave the stats vague so DMs can adapt to the game they’re playing, deciding on levels and D&D/Pathfinder editions themselves… And of course, you can just change or ignore anything you like! I’ll link to published stats where possible – if you spot anything I’ve missed please do drop me a message. And if you’re one of those wonderful people who enjoys writing up stats then please hit me up, I’d love to update a bunch of monsters to 5e and Pathfinder rules but I know I’ll never get round to doing it myself.
Anyway, that’s quite enough rattling of this old bone box. It’s grand to be back, and I hope you find something to your liking here.
If you fancy doing something to support the site then please consider:
- Telling your friends / gaming group / social media groups / mailing list about the site
- Letting me know if you have anything you’d like to contribute / correct / convert
- Consider supporting the hosting / bandwidth / domain name / midjourney subscription / font costs of the site by subscribing to the mimir.net patreon.
Watch the Spire!
Jon – October 2023
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