Necro asked some great questions, the answers of which are too long for the comments. So another update it is! It’s possible I’ve said too much below and yet it’s just so much fun sharing some of this info and teasing just how deep we go in AtR and the Worlds of the Portal multiverse.
The Descended began as created beings, not born like humans or Progeny. Descended WERE angels, but they are something different now and the three types are the only known Descended. The number of Descended on Earth is finite, based on the angels descending at the time of the Rise and losing their celestial nature. Descended are believed to be only guardian angels in the Upper Realms, lowest in the celestial sphere, under the umbrella of one of the three first celestial spheres of the angelic hierarchy: Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones. Descended can reproduce with humans or other Descended, both unions resulting in human offspring, if not beautiful examples.
Two Progeny will make another Progeny, with the lower sin nature most often the result. A Descended and a Progeny cannot interbreed.
Lazarus are the most unique as they are a coalesced formation of a soul that has lived many lives, but their body is only a representation combined with that soul. They are unable to reproduce.
Nephilim are the result of angels (or Fallen Angels) and human women and that union was locked away when the Seals were placed. The breaking of the Seals pushed Earth further away from the Upper Realm, making travel between the two planes much more difficult (i.e. magical planar travel, and more difficult from the Upper Realm to Earth). No known Nephilim have been discovered on post-Rise Earth as of this writing.
There are no known angels on post-Rise Earth. Angels take on the nature of one of the celestial spheres of the first order. From there, they do represent additional celestial spheres: (second) Dominions, Virtues, & Powers; (third) Principalities, Archangels, and Guardians (the only known source of Descended at the time of the Rise).
Veil (Transitive Plane of Death)
Creatures currently native to the Veil are believed to have begun as native to another location. Earth travelers to the Veil have not yet encountered beings thought to have originated on the Veil. Purgatory is known to have sent harvesters to the Veil to collect souls. There are rumors of conflict between harvesters and beings on the Veil, but unclear if those beings belong to the Veil or not. Becoming native to the Veil is not a goal one should endeavor.
Paradox (Transitive Plane of Life)
Cryptids and some terrible Fey are native to this plane. There appear to be dormant structures and slumbering cosmic beings found throughout Paradox, as if this plane was used for travel in a forgotten time.
Eternity (Transitive Plane of Time)
Custodians and other beings native to this plane exist outside of time. We have heard rumors of non-native cosmic beings holding court within this plane.
Infinity (Transitive Plane of Matter)
Ingress is the central hub of this plane and the only known entrance. Beings of unimaginable types exist within non-sequential zones of celestial particle bodies. Each zone follows a dominate state of matter and a governed element.
Upper Realms (Heaven) (Inner Plane of Good)
The Upper Realm is home of the Light, a cosmic being and elder god embroiled in an eternal battle with the Darkness. The Light is both a being and the upper realm itself. Celestial beings exist within the Upper Realm, worshipped by mortals from all worlds in the multiverse. Celestial beings include Deities and angels.
Lower Realms (Hell) (Inner Plane of Evil)
The Lower Realm is home of the Darkness, a cosmic being and elder god obsessed with eliminating the Light. The Darkness is both a being and the lower realm itself. Infernal beings exist within the Lower Realm, feared by mortals from all worlds in the multiverse. Infernal beings include the Seven, devils, and demons.
Void (Outer Plane of Chaos)
Both an Outer Plane and a Campaign Setting within the Worlds of the Portal multiverse. The Void is the original Outer Plan, home of cosmic beings and elder gods. The Light and the Darkness fled the Void before the existence of time.
Void the Oblivion is the Worlds of the Portal campaign setting, taking place in the Nameless City within the Void.
Purgatory (Outer Plane of Order)
Both an Outer Plane and a Campaign Setting within the Worlds of the Portal multiverse. Purgatory was formed at the time the Light and the Darkness fled the Void and is home to The Grey, a cosmic being and elder god. The Grey is both a being and Purgatory itself.
Purgatory the Tormented is the Worlds of the Portal campaign setting, taking place in the city states surrounding The Citadel. The mines under the Citadel are the source of supernatural magic throughout the Multiverse. Deities negotiate magic for their worlds in trade for souls to toil in those very mines.
In addition to the Transitive, Inner, and Outer planes of the Worlds of the Portal multiverse, there are a number of other worlds, each of which is a connected campaign setting. We do not have the luxury of deep diving into those worlds at this time, Apocalypse the Risen is 100% the focus. However, all designs within AtR are inclusive of the overarching multiverse and how they connect. I'm not going to lie, that's both utterly important to us and also a big part of the design time.
A few clues I can provide:
- Humans exist in all WotP campaign settings (we can't get rid of them no matter how hard we try)
- None of those other campaign settings are based on Earth
- The apocalyptic events on Earth rippled across the multiverse
- All Worlds of the Portal campaign settings take place 25 years after those worlds suffered their own cataclysms (post-apocalyptic high fantasy? yes, in fact)
Excited yet? Good, now it's back to writing that session zero adventure for colony creation that takes place during the Rise...
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