Planar essence

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See also: Planar substrate, element, quintessence, and essence

Planar essence, synonymous with planar energy or planar power, is the essential substance and energy of a plane. Many kinds of planar abilities, creatures, and practices find ways to harness or infuse planar essence.1 Inhabitants of a given plane may refer to another plane's energy as extraplanar energy; for example, that of Heaven is extraplanar with respect to the Universe.2

The form and content of planar essence varies wildly between planes based on their alignment or element,34 and while it sometimes can be extracted or distilled from planar matter with material manifestations or effects,4 it can also be abstract in nature. For example, the essence of Elysium can be the spirit of cooperation.5



  1. 1.0 1.1 James Case, et al. “Planar Travelers” in Plane-Hopper's Handbook, 7. Paizo Inc., 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Logan Bonner, et al. Ancestries & Backgrounds” in Player Core, 74–75. Paizo Inc., 2023
  3. Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 2: Running Planar Adventures” in Planar Adventures, 82. Paizo Inc., 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 James Case, et al. “Planar Travelers” in Plane-Hopper's Handbook, 6. Paizo Inc., 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 James Case, et al. “Plane-Hopping Equipment” in Plane-Hopper's Handbook, 10. Paizo Inc., 2018
  6. James Case, et al. “Plane-Hopping Magic” in Plane-Hopper's Handbook, 12. Paizo Inc., 2018