The description of Spectators on page 30 of the Monster Manual begins:

A spectator is a lesser beholder that is summoned from another plane of existence by a magical ritual

Which plane do they originally come from?


The description of spectators on page 112 of Monster Manual II for AD&D 1st edition says:

Spectators are summoned from Nirvana [...]

The description references the spectator returning to Nirvana several more times in the text (e.g. if it is not commanded to guard a treasure, can no longer fulfill this duty, or is released from service).

Nirvana is another name for Mechanus. (The plane was simply called "Nirvana" in 1e, but was referred to as "Mechanus" in 2e; from 3e onwards, its full name was stated to be "the Clockwork Nirvana of Mechanus".)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Turns out I should search before I post questions, but leaving this here for posterity. \$\endgroup\$ – SeriousBri Jun 30 at 21:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ Nirvana doesn't appear to be a plane on the 5e wheel. The only mention of the word is in "The clockwork nirvana of Mechanus" which I don't think refers to the same thing. \$\endgroup\$ – Someone_Evil Jun 30 at 21:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Someone_Evil it was called Nirvana in 1e, Mechanus in 2e and both from 3e onward. Maybe the Spectator didn’t get the memo? \$\endgroup\$ – Dale M Jun 30 at 21:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Haha it never occurred to me to ensure Nirvana was an actual plane in 5e! \$\endgroup\$ – SeriousBri Jun 30 at 21:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ The FR wiki article on Mechanus seems to confirm this, with a citation by the alternate name pointing to the 3e Manual of the Planes: "The Clockwork Nirvana of Mechanus, sometimes called Nirvana,[10] [...]" I've edited the answer to elaborate on this a bit, per the info in the comments. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Jul 1 at 5:34

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