By Zeon Liafador 15 Comments
Upon an entirely other realm, forged by the faithful of the Liafador Religion, the Cardinal Hell thrives. But there are different levels of this tormented land Ruled by the dark and twisted Ramon Liafador. A land where the wandering souls go to with unfinished business, a land to those who were unfaithful and unworthy of both Cardinal Heaven and Hell and where those loyal to Ramon and those who worked for Liafador’s who were faithful to Ramon thrive.
Yermo (translated to Wasteland) is an unseen realm that sits in between Cardinal Heaven and Hell and is parallel with the World of the Living. When a person of the Liafador faith (or member of the family) dies, if they are left with unfinished business, their souls are placed in Yermo. The world around them is that of the living, only dark, gloomy, damp and distorted. Sounds of the living world are slightly twisted in Yermo and understanding conversations happening around them might be difficult to make out. This is because the language of the dead and the living are different. The language of the dead is one language spoken among all spirits. There is no English, Spanish, Chinese, it is simply a single language of the dead.
The spirits are unable to speak with the living even though they can see everything that is happening upon Earth in that moment around them. Time moves at the same time as the living because there is only a thin veil separating each plane of existence. Anything that happens in Yermo does not happen in the world of the living. If you break a window, it will not affect the window in the world of the living and within a few minutes, the window will mend itself together again. You cannot harm the living and you cannot force yourself into a living being.
Deep within the Liafadors books (which many were destroyed in the Liafador Palace) there is a ritual that can allow the living to step foot in Yermo. However because of the strain it puts on a person's soul, only those who have braved The Pit are able to travel there. There are rituals to bring the soul of someone trapped in Yermo to the world of the living, but those books are long destroyed and are not remembered among Liafador family members. If a living person finds themselves in Yermo, they will feel disoriented and fatigued that will increase over time (only those who are conquerors of The Pit are excluded from these symptoms). This is because a living body isn’t meant to roam the lands of Yermo, and the moment you enter it, Yermo is trying to separate the soul from the body. It is unclear how long the process takes as no one has been alive to record it. There is no known exit from Yermo aside from magical means, but in Yermo, powers (of both living and dead) are of no use here and items that grant special abilities are powerless here. You are a simple mortal in Yermo.
Those among the living with strong spiritual connections to other realms can communicate with those in Yermo. But if you do, the Rebaños will attempt to use that moment where Yermo and world of the living are opened just enough for them to squeeze through one at a time.
In Yermo the Spirits are able to see past the flesh of mortal men and women. The humans in the living appear to be almost like spirits in Yermo. They have a bluish hue around them and their skin appears to be pale. If there is a stain, scar and such upon a persons soul, a person in Yermo can see it. If there is a demon, other worldly creature or God/Goddess living in the mortal world, those in Yermo can easily spot them even if the being is flawless in the mortal world.
There are no animals in Yermo with the exception of crow like creatures called Rebaño. Rebaños (meaning flocks) fly together in Yermo seeking lost souls to devour for themselves. The longer a spirit dwells in Yermo, the more likely Rebaños will find them. The creatures do not come from Cardinal Hell and do not take orders from those in power in Cardinal Heaven or Hell. It is a myth that Rebaños are lost Cardinals souls who were rejected from Cardinal Heaven and Hell. The Rebaños are black feathers, their beaks actually to be rigid and have four sets of eyes. Two yellow and two red.
Inframundo (Translate to Underworld) is an area that brings souls one step closer to Cardinal hell. This area is for cardinals who are unworthy of joining the Cardinal Hell Army. This world also runs in a parallel to Earth. It is described as a dimension that is a dark reflection of our world. It is a place of decay and death, a plane out of phase, a place of monsters. There are buildings that are found in the world of the living but unlike Yermo, you cannot see the living in this world. However, unlike Yermo there is active plant like life as well as creatures of all shapes and sizes that wander around.
The atmosphere of Inframundo is thick with a musty smell of mold and mildew that engulfs what little senses the souls have. Unlike Cardinal Hell, Inframundo is so cold that there is no way to keep yourself warm. Even in the hottest places that would be in the world of the living are said to be as cold as Winter in Russia. The sky is covered in a thick cloud of darkness that is lit up with crimson lightning every few minutes. The Myth of the Crimson Lightning is said to be Ramon using his powers to try and pierce through the sky and return to the land of the living to conquer it for himself.
The plant life is seen all over in this realm. Black vines stretch out all over the realm covering the streets, buildings and especially creatures that have died in this land. It’s said that if a soul lingers for too long in one spot, the black vines will slowly reach out to you and attempt to devour your soul. If one were to follow the vines, it would actually lead to the Cardinal Hell gates. It’s said that the vines steal souls for Ramon who in turn uses them to make himself stronger in hopes to overpower the binds that keep him in Cardinal Hell.
The creatures in Inframundo are the same but evolve over time. They are called, Mordbido’s. They are creatures that roam this reality hoping to find a soul to consume themselves to grow and become stronger. The smaller creatures run on four legs and are about a large dog. They run quickly, are known to dig tunnels and are able to climb up objects and even buildings. They travel in a pack of five or more. Their thick, grey and slick skin is enough to withstand some assault rifles (if anyone was able to bring any to Inframundo ). Their heads open up like the petals of a flower and have the nickname of ‘petal mouth’. However reach ‘petal’ is filled with teeth and from their throat, a thin, long tongue can be seen that they are able to use to tie around their prey. These creatures shriek to each other for communication. They have no eyes and rely on their ability to smell souls and are sensitive to vibrations on the ground.
The larger creatures are still Mordbido's however now stand on two long legs and have equally long arms that end with claws. It’s said that these creatures are the smaller ones who have consumed enough souls to have somewhat the appearance of a human. However, like it's a smaller version of itself, its head opens up to four slits that look like petals only to have teeth all lined along. The larger ones are faster and stronger than the smaller ones and are able to track souls more easily. They normally roam alone and if encounters another, they will fight for dominance over the other.
El Caso is the final creature in Inframundo said to be the pet of Ramon. It is a monster that towers over buildings and trees being said that is about 45 stories tall. His body appears to be nothing but a giant black shadow made of smoke but in reality it is created by souls of Cardinal’s who betrayed Ramon while they were in Cardinal Hell serving him. El Caso has multiple elongated limbs that branch out into smaller limbs. The crimson lightning seems to increase wherever the El Caso roams. El Caso is said to be in control of all things in Inframundo and follows the command of Ramon.
There is a theory that someone can access Inframundo through The Pit, but no one has been able to test it. There have been humans who accidentally stumble into Inframundo through magical means, but once they enter, they are unable to leave. If a human comes into Inframundo the Mordbido’s are instantly aware of them due to their soul still being inside a body. Powers and abilities only work here if they are powers that have been granted by Ramon. In other words, Demons/Hell Cardinal’s abilities work in Inframundo as long as Ramon doesn’t revoke them.
Living beings who find themselves in Inframundo instantly face the eternal frigid chill of the land. They will feel dazed and develop a tingling sensation throughout their entire body which is their soul being pulled towards the Cardinal Hell Gates. The few humans who survive their journey to the Cardinal Hell Gates will find the pull overwhelming, almost impossible to ignore. Those who did not face The Pit will be unable to resist and the moment their hands touch the gates, their souls are removed from their bodies and pulled through the gates and into Cardinal Hell.
Cardinal Hell is where Ramon and his army of Hell Cardinal’s thrive. Sitting on his throne Ramon rules all of Cardinal Hell and out to Inframundo. He can go into Yermo as well, but the creatures there do not listen to his command (however it should be noted that the creatures cannot harm him). It is here that tourter of a selected few by Ramon himself are to reside for all of eternity. These souls don’t even have to be ones that have wronged the family in any way. These could be souls of people who through magic appeared in Inframundo and made their way towards the Cardinal Hell Gates or souls of people he simply doesn’t like and negotiated with is wife (Sabella, Grand Cardinal Goddess of Cardinal Heaven) to gain those souls for his own pleasure.
Cardinal Hell is a dry, extremely hot and barely resembles the land of the living. Buildings and other man built objects here are fractured and bare. Almost all plant life is nothing but withered shrubs. There is no water. No animals that you would see in the land of the living. Any lakes, oceans and such are filled with fire. Forests are where those who committed suicide hang for all of eternity. Mountains and hills are formed by the mutilated body parts of those who dared to harm a Liafador who are not part of the family and are still alive and able to feel on all parts of their mutilated body. Planes have wandering souls whose eyes have been gouged and tongues have been cut with their arms bound to their back, forcing them to roam around not knowing where they are and leaving them unable to communicate with anyone around them. These are the people who used Liafadors to pave their way into a better life but forgot where their blessings came from.
The sky is a reddish orange color with harsh dry hot winds that force ash (of those who are burning in the lakes) to scrape against your skin. Flare of fire can be seen coming down from the sky when a new soul entering Cardinal Hell (that isn’t a loyal Cardinal), appearing like a meteor from space. Upon descending into Cardinal Hell, Hell Cardinal’s await for them, ready to torment them the moment their soul touches the ground.
The ‘demons’ in Cardinal Hell are actually Hell Cardinals. Depending on how loyal they were to Ramon (or the Liafador serving Ramon) will determine how powerful they are in Cardinal Hell. Cardinal’s are not tortured here (unless it is on that Ramon negotiated for) but celebrated for their loyalty to Ramon. There are Hell Cardinal’s of varying sizes, shapes and power levels.They are only able to return to Earth if they have a living body to occupy and must only be going to Earth if on a mission for Ramon (or another Ruling Liafador). If a Hell Cardinal attempts to go to Earth, Ramon (or another Ruling Liafador) will summon the Cardinal instantly back to them, take away their powers and throw them into Inframundo to be eaten by El Caso. Cardinal’s from all factions (White, Red, Black and such) make up Hell Cardinal’s and because of this, they do not have a singular fighting style but rather a mixture of all factions.
Upon the arrival of a new Hell Cardinal, the Hell Cardinal Oath must be recited in order to serve Ramon and to have the perks of being a Hell Cardinal. The Cardinal must kneel before Ramon, recite the Oath and present his own soul to Ramon as a gift. Ramon (if he accepts) will say out loud what the Cardinal did in their lifetime that allowed them to be standing in front of Ramon. Ramon would then place his hand upon the head of the Cardinal and corrupt the soul and form them into Hell Cardinals. This is when everyone see how loyal they really were by the display of power they will receive in this moment.
My armor is Contempt
My shield is Disgust
My sword is Hatred
In the name of Ramon
Let none Survive
My soul is Tainted
My mind is Unhinged
My body is Rot
In the name of Ramon
Let none Survive
Hell Cardinal Armor
When Hell Cardinal's go to the land of the living, they must obtain a living body for their souls to occupy. Once they have a soul they can shape-shift into their Hell Cardinal Demon body or keep the form of their host body. If they stay in their host human body, they must wear the Hell Cardinal uniform. The unholy metallic armor only protects them from Holy Liafador objects and allows them to enter Liafador temples of worship without becoming harm. It also protects them from any cleansing rituals that may try to purge them from their host. Their armor is also very distinct in order for them not to be confused with other Cardinal Factions. They still obtain inhuman strength, durability, speed and reflexes. Any special abilities Ramon gave them will also still be able to be used (such as Flight, telekentic abilities and such).
Hell Cardinal Sword
The Hell Cardinal Sword is created from an unholy metal (like the armor)forged by the flames of Cardinal Hell. Their sword is able to repel magic and spiritual castings. They must run their blade along their hand and it is their blood that ignites the Hellfire to their blade. The fire is able to not just burn flesh, but the soul of any being it touches. It is stated that once the soul is tainted by the blade, the soul is doomed to Cardinal Hell. If a mortal picks up the sword their bodies will erupt into Hellfire flames and their soul will instantly go to Cardinal Hell.
It should be noted that if a Hell Cardinal is ‘killed’ in the land of the living, they do not ‘die’. Only their hosts dies. Hell Cardinal’s simply go back to Cardinal Hell where they can then try to occupy yet another body.
- This is as it states, Cardinal Hell which is part of the Liafador Family Religion.
- These lands are not for the faint of heart and is not for just anyone to roam around
- If you visit this land you must have a reason for coming (unless you accidentally magically teleported yourself here)
- Please sell all effects when roaming these lands
- Basic RPG rules applies to this thread
- If you have any questions feel free to PM me at @feral_nova