"IN the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray Gone from the path direct: and e'en to tell It were no easy task, how savage wild That forest, how robust and rough its growth, Which to remember only, my dismay Renews, in bitterness not far from death. Yet to discourse of what there good befell, All else will I relate discover'd there. How first I enter'd it I scarce can say, Such sleepy dullness in that instant weigh'd My senses down, when the true path I left, But when a mountain's foot I reach'd, where clos'd The valley, that had pierc'd my heart with dread, I look'd aloft, and saw his shoulders broad Already vested with that planet's beam, Who leads all wanderers safe through every way." -Dante Alighieri Alas, what a sad truth it is that all life must one day end. Beyond our mortal scope of vision lies three realms of existence that transcend time and space. There is The Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. The worst of mortal souls are tormented within the dark depths of The Inferno, Purgatory for the morally neutral, and Paradise has been set aside for the righteous and the brave. It was Dante who became the first mortal soul to escape the putrid pits of The Inferno and find his way to Paradise. As inconvenient it may sound, you are dead. Something is off when you notice the lack of the Pearly Gates, and instead find the demon Charon ready to ferry you into The Inferno, where King Minos the serpent judge decides what circle to cast you in. It can be said that Divine Judgement has cast your soul down to the dreaded, everlasting, fire. There are spirits and demons down there, as well as other sinners. It is your goal to escape The Inferno and enter Paradise. Or, if you don't mind an eternity of darkness, perhaps the Devil would be entertained by your company? After all, the Prince of Darkness himself would gladly enjoy more demonic souls to join his army. There are others who share your goal to escape, and you must make the fateful choice of helping them, or sending them down further into the fires. What will you decide? Circles of The Inferno (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Circles of The Inferno (open) Circles of The Inferno (close) 1. Limbo: A place for those who are neither good nor evil and those who wasted their lives doing nothing. King Minos judges the new-coming souls and their punishment. Torture: Stung by wasps and forced to chase after a flag 2. Lust: Whoever lived their lives with an undying hunger for pleasure will find themselves cast about the eternal storm. Torture: Thrown into a black hurricane 3. Gluttony: The foul sinners who did nothing but bask in food and drink are the favorite meal for the equally foul Cerberus. Torture: Never-ending rain of hail and putrid slush 4. Greed: Mortals who have gathered great wealth at the expense of others shall be punished for their desire of earthly material. Torture: Forced to push boulders up an eternal mountain and boiled in gold 5. Anger: The humans who showed no compassion for their fellow mortals, and only anger, shall face their sentence in the murky waters of this circle. Torture: Dragged to the bottom of an ocean of conflict, where those on top fight to breathe 6. Heresy: Quite obviously, it is the heretics who are tormented down here. The geography of this circle has been an enigma for centuries. This circle contains the hottest fires in all of The Inferno. Torture: Trapped in flaming tombs 7. Violence: In this horrific circle, the Minotaur guards the souls of humans that have committed violence against others and themselves. Torture: Trees of sorrow are to grow from flesh until the sinner becomes one with the Forest of Pain. These trees are then are fed upon by Harpies. 8. Fraud: Liars, hypocrites, and thieves are given their special brand of everlasting torment. For whatever their sin in life was, so shall be their punishment in The Inferno. Torture: Marched by demons while being whipped, having their heads snapped backwards, and thrown into a boiling lake 9. Treachery: Within the circle of Treachery lies the Giants and Titans of myth and legend. Humans that have actively turned against their own community face the consequences of their actions here within this icy realm. Satan is the most infamous resident here, and he is the most tortured being in all of the Inferno. Torture: Frozen within icy lakes and devoured by Lucifer's true and monstrous form. A Guide to Purgatory (Move your mouse to reveal the content) A Guide to Purgatory (open) A Guide to Purgatory (close) Purgatory, otherwise known as Mt. Purgatorio, is a massive obstacle for the souls reaching salvation. It consists of seven Terraces for whoever belongs there as well as an Ante-Purgatory. The realm itself is where the brave survivors of The Inferno traverse in order to reach Paradise. It acts as the only realm in which the stay is not forever-lasting. Ante-Purgatory: The Excommunicate- The terrace dedicated to mortals whom deprived themselves of spiritual enlightenment. The Late Repentant- Unsurprisingly, those who had reached divine truth far too late were subject to the struggle of climbing Mt. Purgatorio. Purgatory: 1. The Proud: Ye who display pride to their meager accomplishments are first sent here. 2. The Envious: The jealous are placed within this terrace, for they showed contempt towards others. 3. The Wrathful: Even acts of wrath made in good judgement are not looked upon kindly. 4. The Slothful: Laziness had prevented these people from achieving any true progress in life. 5. The Covetous: Although these souls loved many things, their passion had become their undoing. 6. The Gluttonous: Like in The Inferno, souls who found comfort in food and drink only are cast down. 7. The Lustful: In ignorance, mortals sent here had acted only for their thirst for pleasure. On top of Mt. Purgatory lies The Garden of Eden. Whoever conquers the depths of The Inferno and Purgatory shall be given glory and peace within the Garden, and by finding peace, they shall ascend into the wondrous realm of Paradise. Special Locations of The Underworld (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Special Locations of The Underworld (open) Special Locations of The Underworld (close) Pandæmonium: In the 9th circle lies the largest city in all of The Inferno. This monolithic place is where Lucifer controls every demon in his army, and only the most loyal of demons are allowed to live there. It was built by fallen angels to glorify the devil and his dark deeds. Dis: The walls of this city spread across every circle from Heresy to Treachery. Even here souls are granted no rest, and here they "live" to serve their demonic masters. Only madness lurks within this city. It is oddly shaped like an inverted cone, to express the descent of misery down in The Inferno, and beneath it lies Lucifer in his true form. The City of Dis burns brightly with the sins of many. Castle of Pagans: It seems as though Limbo is the only place in which certain humans are exempt from punishment. This castle is a parody of heaven, built to house great mortals like Socrates or Plato. As those outside the castle run away from swarms of wasps, the philosophies of ancient times perform eternal discussion within. Acheron: Before any soul can be taken down into The Inferno, they must first cross the river of Acheron. The demon Charon guides all sinners across his ship once they enter the gates of the cold, the hot, and the everlasting darkness. Titan's Rapture: An entire valley within the wasteland of the 9th circle holds the ancient titans from a time long-forgotten, such as Goliath. The titans are chained down to the rocks and ice as a reminder of their pride in life and cruel dominance over humans. Cocytus: A frozen river in which souls swim into the 9th circle. It contains horrid creatures under the snow and ice, ready to consume any unfortunate human who they drag under. Phlegethon: A literal river of fire that leads into the 6th circle. The flames that scorch the crossing souls are nothing but a candle compared to what awaits them on the other side. Lethe: A river beside the 3rd circle, Lethe is a stream in which its waters force souls to lose their memories temporarily. It is a great burden to cross it, for many simply forget why they needed to get across in the first place. Styx: A mighty river of whose infamy was told by the ancient Greeks. It flows into the 5th circle. The river Styx can inject extreme and irrational hatred into those who make contact with the water. My Character Application (Move your mouse to reveal the content) My Character Application (open) My Character Application (close) C.S.-Other Races Name: Lucifer Appearance: Race: Demon Personality: Viciously cunning and ruthless, Lucifer seeks total domination over all souls. He is deceptive and rebellious, as well as wrathful. Even the slightest sign of disobedience can force him to go ballistic. Back-story: Made on the Second Day of Creation, Lucifer was created as the most beautiful angel in all of Heaven. Due to his charm and intelligence, Lucifer was beloved by many of God's angels. Of course, his ego grew to such a size that Lucifer considered himself superior to The Creator and all of creation. God was displeased with Lucifer's arrogance, and so He forced the devil to bow before the newly-made Adam and Eve. Lucifer was stunned that God would force him to bow before these creatures. After all, he was crafted from smoke, while humans were made from earthly clay. Surely he was superior! When Lucifer refused to submit to humanity, he was banished from Heaven. With his army of fallen angels at his side, Lucifer waged war against God and humanity. When he was defeated, Lucifer fell down to the Earth as a shooting star; thus his name meaning "Bringer of Light". The crater left behind by the impact of Lucifer's fall into The Inferno resulted in Mt. Purgatorio's formation. This would not be the end for Lucifer. While trapped within The Inferno, he took the form of a serpent to deceive Adam and Eve. When they bit the fruit of the Forbidden Tree, Lucifer was granted immense power over mortals. He turned The Inferno into a place of punishment for the very people he tricked and corrupted. Now, Lucifer desires to grow his demonic army and try once more to claim Heaven and take down his Creator once and for all. Reasons for traveling to The Inferno: Lucifer is the King of The Inferno. He has been there ever since he was cast from Heaven by the Archangel Michael and God themselves. His only purpose now is to ensure the full corruption of humanity and the everlasting torture of every soul.