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 Post subject: Gates of Hell Apocrypha
PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:19 pm 
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The Presidency of Hell

In the Days of Antiquity, before the Wars of Light and Greed, Hell's hierarchy was much different than the feudal kingdom that you currently know. The Lord-Regents reigned, of course, and above them all sat Lucifer the Lightbringer, but below, the ducal structure which dominates infernal politics in the current age was not the seat of power. Instead, there was a President of Hell, and a great Senate over which he presided. From this august body came much of the early law throughout the cosmos. The Senate kept Hellish politics unified, rather than scattered across the different layers.

A short listing of the presidents of Hell
Ose - the first true president of Hell, leopard headed Ose was a powerful oracle. His speeches contained many glimpses into the coming ages of Hell, which went unnoticed for centuries. During the days of Classic Perdition, the prophecies of Ose were rediscovered, and underwent a resurgence in popularity. Ose remains one of, if not the most, popular presidents to this day. Different stories have him dying to preserve Hell during the Wars of Light and Greed, exiling himself out into the Avernus badlands, and wandering the planes for eternity.

Marax - Marax was a bull headed devil from Dis, who was reluctant to commit to any action. A few of his failures included allowing Verrier's civil war to gain ground. He was assassinated when his ceremonial dagger, the badge of office of the presidency, seized control of him before the entire gathered Senate, and stabbed him to death.

Malphas - Following the reluctant Marax, Malphas was a warhawk, stepping up Hell's involvement in the Blood War, ruthlessly advocating for the eradication of Verrier, the baatorians, and the fallen Voyeurs, newly arrived in Hell, and mostly active upon Malphas' home layer of Avernus. While his campaigns against Verrier were successful, and culminated with Lucifer himself casting down the foolish rebel, the baatorians and fallen were both later absorbed into Hell's structure, against his wishes.

Botis - Following the warmongering of Malphas, Botis took a diplomatic approach to Hellish politics, eschewing the aggression and passiveness of the two previous administrations. Reaching out to the Voyeurs, the groundwork he set would later speed the assimilation process that followed the Great Fall. It was he who presented the actual chair now known as the Serpent's Throne to Lucifer, named in honor of his own snake-like appearance. His diplomatic efforts were not restricted to Hell either, but included the serpent men that walked the world in those days, turning the first of them from their god, Yig.

Zagan - other than solidifying Hell's economy and introducing wine to infernal tactics (as well as drunkards to their soul coffers), President Zagan is best known for attempting to seize the throne. He named himself King before the Senate. Surprisingly, instead of being immediately slain, he was invited to Nessus to sit upon the Serpent Throne by Alastor the Grim. Nine days passed, and Zagan returned to the Senate, seemingly unharmed. He resigned from his position without any fanfare, and retired into exile. The Winged Bull is a changed devil, and those few who have seen him since report that he is constantly drunk, possessed of a slovenly and witless appearance...except for his eyes.

Buer - the lion headed Buer was an unconventional President. He brought the gift of healing to the mortal races, demonstrating a new face of Hell to the mortal and immortal worlds. As the servants of the gods began being known for this blessing, their time to advance the cause of their gods was cut shorter, and many mortals began demanding that the blessing be bestowed free of charge or faith. The resulting turmoil has plagued the gods ever since.

Avnas - One of the fallen Voyeurs, and the only one of such to sit as president, Avnas advanced Hell's association with fire. She immolated herself before the Senate, lighting a massive brazier with her sacrifice that has burned to this day. It has been since moved from the Senate chambers in Dis to the flame pits of Phlegethos.

Valac - Before there was Tiamat, there was Níðhöggr. President Valac did everything possible to ally Hell with this cosmic dragon, though rumors of dragon tainted blood in his own veins dogged his terms of office. His twin headed serpentine form, not at all unlike that of a linnorm, did nothing to help the case. In the end, neither Níðhöggr nor his linnorm children made for good infernal servants, and Hell turned in favor of the so called 'true' dragons to forge unions with.

Caasimolar - Caasimolar was the first President of Hell in title, and called the Senate into being and order at Lucifer's command. The first order of business was to name a true president, and the gathered assembly sought to install Caasimolar as the president in truth. However, he refused, saying that it was not yet his time, and the Senate moved to promote Ose to the position. Since that time, after each president has stepped down or retired from office, Caasimolar was called upon to lead, and eight times did he refuse. Upon the ninth, he accepted the office.

It was Caasimolar who held the office longest, and during the Wars of Light and Greed, he was offered a role in the new order three times. Behirit, Astaroth and Asmodeus each sent an emissary to entreat for his support, and each time he responded by slaying the messenger, animating their corpse, and sending it back to slay the archdevil who thought his loyalty could be so compromised. After Asmodeus had finally won the throne, his third act, after destroying Behirit and exiling Astaroth, was to order Caasimolar's resignation and call upon the Senate for a new president. Instead, Caasimolar preemptively called the Senate to order and sent it into recess until such a time that he called it back to order. This act simultaneously prevented Asmodeus from forming a legitimate senate and from slaying Caasimolar outright, for only he can legally undo what was done. Annoyed, Asmodeus banished Caasimolar from the courts of Hell. In the absence of the Senate, the duchies gained drastically in power, and so the presidency was largely forgotten. Every now and then, some minor noble courts his doom by mentioning it in the presence of a Lord-Regent or Duke, reminding them of a past best left forgotten.


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 Post subject: Re: Gates of Hell Apocrypha
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I want to know more about this Presidency and Senate of Hell that doesn't officially exist. Feudal is so overdone, infernal democracy is the new sexy. What were their responsibilities as compared to the Lord-Regents and King of Hell? How were Senators appointed? Why is the idea of Asmodeus being annoyed so wonderful?


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 Post subject: Re: Gates of Hell Apocrypha
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Senators were primarily responsible for proposing, debating and creating the laws of Hell, whereas the Lord Regents were primarily concerned with their own personal domains and brands of evil. The Senate brought the laws of Hell to the multiverse on a grand scale. This also predates the Dark Ministry's current organization.

Senators were appointed presumably based on merit, which really amounted to wealth in the form of souls or ideas. Since the multiverse was younger in those days, there were not as many souls to choose from, and many of the concepts we consider 'traditional' Hell institutions had not yet been formed. (Many of them came from the Senate, as a matter of fact.) Those with the wit or wealth to do so could typically gain an appointment, either at the behest of the popular devilish host, or directly from a Lord. And the idea of Asmodeus being annoyed is wonderful because you are chaotic at heart, and hate the idea of that old villain always coming out on top.


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 Post subject: Re: Gates of Hell Apocrypha
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Ack, it's true. All these years, I never stopped being a barbarian.

Does Caasimolar have any religious/mythological basis, or perhaps just historical?


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 Post subject: Re: Gates of Hell Apocrypha
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Mythological. It is another spelling for Glasya-Labolas, which is also where Glasya the Princess of Hell is taken from (in name only.) In the Complete Tome of Horrors, he is also mentioned and given a stat block as the former President of Hell, Lucifer's second in command.


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 Post subject: Re: Gates of Hell Apocrypha
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Interesting stuff here. As far as Malphas goes, how does his stint as President lead into his current role as a Duke of Hell? In particular, he appears as a fervent supporter of the Blood War here, while in his Gates of Hell bio, he disdains it in favor of creating a doomsday weapon to end it.


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 Post subject: Re: Gates of Hell Apocrypha
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Consider that President Malphas is millions of years younger, and the truth will make itself clear to you. Or not.


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 Post subject: Re: Gates of Hell Apocrypha
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Exactly. He has always been associated with war, but back then, he was more aggressive, now he favors a quick end to it. Quite simply, he's tired.


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 Post subject: Re: Gates of Hell Apocrypha
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Kain Darkwind wrote:
Exactly. He has always been associated with war, but back then, he was more aggressive, now he favors a quick end to it. Quite simply, he's tired.


Cool, thanks for the insight.


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 Post subject: Re: Gates of Hell Apocrypha
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Kain, this is great! I also like the fact that someone actually got the better of Asmodeus. Well done.


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