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The Third Circle: Characters are principally damned souls, wandering the infernal reaches. The default campaign setting assumes that The Rapture and many of the events described in the Book of Revelations have taken place, and the Hells, overwhelmed by the massive influx of the doomed and damned, is suffering a bureaucratic crisis and has not yet herded the damned to their ultimate fates.

Geography--a hieronymous boschian landscape that includes the mystery play layout of Hell (perfect for harrowing and heroic quests), along with the courts of of the various Powers and Principalities of Hell, centered around the pit of Dante's nine circles. Characters can be as good or bad as they choose, since in the scenarios depicted in Revelations very, very few are "saved." Religious cults will be common in the wastelands around the pit, but any long-term stable populations would be eventually dragged away for their eternal punishment (rescue plots, or harrowings, would be if not common, at least occasional.)

Possibility of advancement in the hellish bureaucracy should be a vague possibility. Backstabbing good. This is hell, who can you trust? "Redemption" is possible for some, but for a virtuous pagan, would be a betrayal of their own beliefs.

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fairy_wench
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:50 am (UTC)
Actually, I used to have the book for a game almost exactly like this one. I lost it in the break-up with Steve and subsequent shuffle of stuff, but it looked really cool.
spottylogic
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
Hmm--I hadn't heard of a game with quite this setting before, though Wraith and In Nomine come close. Do you remember what it was?
fairy_wench
Jun. 17th, 2004 08:37 pm (UTC)
It had a red cover. And was roughly the size of a small trade-paperback. I don't remember the name, but I'll look around next time i'm at dragon's lair or someplace like that and see if I can't find it.
spottedhyena
Jun. 15th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
The Pseudonomarchia Demonum, if you can find it in English, would be an excellent source for the bureaucracy of Hell.
spottylogic
Jun. 15th, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)
Whoo, I didn't know about that one. I'll have to see if I can find a transcription on-line. I have a few books that would almost work--the Encyclopedia of Angels (including fallen angels) is one of the best books on angelology I know of, and it's good for demonology too--though it occurs to me that I haven't seen my copy since I moved last year. I've also got "A History of Hell," which has a lot of suggestions on geography. Thanks for the suggestion, neat!
spottylogic
Jun. 15th, 2004 08:29 am (UTC)
I can always count on you :)
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