Great Abyss screaming torn apart and consumed by its ravenous demonic inhabitants for essence. The Hierarchy controlsthe majority of the Underworld and its influence is felt throughout.Other groups exist, whom believe that those who do not become ghosts have transcended beyond the realm of theunderworld. Known by the Hierarchy as "
", these ghosts continue to hold onto the faith they possessed in life andassume a life eternal beyond the dark and tragic lives they have been granted. They believe the Hierarchy’s Anathema is alie, the Transcendence is still possible, through devotion.Yet another group known as "
" are an unaligned group of ghosts which defy the rule of the Hierarchyat nearly every turn. They believe in the right to rule themselves through democratic rule.
Each Ghost struggles with their own inner demons. Sometimes known as Goetia, a Daimon represents a Ghost'srepressed feelings, their Vice and everything that a Ghost has come to hate about themselves. Daimons possess an abilityto overtake a Ghosts actions with an inner determination known as Angst. A Daimon's Angst represents all the angerfrustration and resentment that the Ghost itself feels. Occasionally a Ghost is overtaken by its own Daimon completelyand such an abomination is often called a Wraith, monsters of the Abyss itself released into the Underworld. As Ghostshave their Anchors, so do their Daimons. Each of a Ghosts Anchors come with some form of frustration or complication,these dark emotions are part of the Daimons existence as much as the Ghosts. These
, are what fuels theDaimon's existence, and continues to make it a part of the Ghosts existence.
The Great Nothing, Oblivion, Hell, this realm of entropy has gone by many names. But what its best known for isthe great demonic, spectral denizens which seem to exist simply to terrorize and devour the ghostly inhabitants of thenether realm of the Underworld. Cracks, known to the ghosts as
, lead down to the great nothing exist in both theUnderworld and the Labyrinth. Through these cracks seep festering energies which seem to corrode and wither all thatexist around them, or whisper enticing secrets of hope. From these great scars come the forces of entropy,
,powerful ghosts which have been corrupt and exist only for the pursuit of destruction of that around them.Though most cracks are only minute, few exist which seem like entrances to large caverns, sometimes reachinginto the Shadow and slowly drain it of essence and life. These "
" are merely a small trickle of the power that existsin the Abyss. However, sometimes the energies bleed over so heavily into the Shadow that entities may, in fact, reachdirectly into the Shadow, and corrupt the energies that lie there. Places such as this are known among the Uratha as"
. Wounds usually only manifest if the conditions are right, where the material realm has bled over its owncorruption and taint and allowed a Shoal to grow to this magnitude.Occasionally, significant events of tragedy occur in the living realms that cause so much suffering and despair itactually feeds the Abyss. Moments like this allow for the Abyss to swell up and issue forth great winds of entropy. To theghosts in the surrounding area it is similar to vampires weakness to sunlight. The searing winds literally rip a ghostscorpus to shreds if he or she is caught in it, sometimes it will even cause buildings to crumble exposing those takingshelter within to its full wrath. Such storms can last anywhere from a few moments to a few days.
)H NB? 3B;>IQ
As the Shadow is separated by the veil from the world of the living, so is the land of the dead from the Shadow.Few paths lead deeper into the Shadow into the Stygian realms. Most of what appears in the Shadow is representative of something else. As such paths that lead deeper into the realm of the dead often appear symbolically as sinister staircases,crumbling wells, or foreboding caverns all of which seem to go on forever. Separating the land of the dead from theshadow is another barrier known as the
. The Shroud is what keeps most spirits from entering, and ghosts fromleaving. Crossing the Shroud can seem like a number of different things, a sudden feeling of dread passes over you, afeeling of passing through a thick layer of cobwebs, or even feeling your own death rattle escape your lips.Certain ghosts known as "
" travel into the Shadow to seek out items of importance and use within theUnderworld. Journeys such as these are very dangerous however, as there are spirits within the Shadow that see ghosts