Beyond the Black Gates of Death

A monochrome “photo negative” landscape of a desolate and broken country. Seven immense thrones before you, and seven giants in hooded robes upon the thrones. The only features you can make out are mouths and chins; some strong, some weak, some kind, some cruel. You recount the story of your life honestly as you remember it, and the story of your death (very accurately indeed). They have … Continue reading Beyond the Black Gates of Death

Lamashtu

In Mesopotamian mythology, Lamashtu (Akkadian dLa-maš-tu) was a female demon, monster, malevolent goddess or demigoddess who menaced women during childbirth and, if possible, kidnapped their children while they were breastfeeding. She would gnaw on their bones and suck their blood, as well as being charged with a number of other evil deeds. She was a daughter of the Sky God Anu. Lamashtu is depicted as … Continue reading Lamashtu

Ninhursag

Ninhursag (or Ki) is the Babylonian Antu, and is known in the Western lands as Juno. Ninhursag was connected with all aspects of the life of women, most particularly married life, fertility, and matriarchy. Ninhursag’s spouse was Enki. Ki’s spouse was An, and Enki was descended from her. Incestuous lot, that pantheon. In a triparte maiden / mother / crone taxonomy, Ninhursag is mother and … Continue reading Ninhursag

Eastern Paladins

The Paladins in Perilous Paths emerge from the monastic traditions of the Holy Church, and their vows of poverty, humility, and obedience. Paladins (the important ones anyway) are also known as Justicars, and their most important function in society is to deliver Justice. The Red Paladins of Mithras and the Blue Paladins of Venus do have significantly differing views on what Justice looks like (Red … Continue reading Eastern Paladins

The Undead of Lyonesse

As previously discussed, you’ve got your Edimmu (Ghosts, Shadows, Banshee, and Spectres) Gallûs (Ghouls and Ghasts) Rabisu (Vampires, Mummies, and Raksasa) All of those are “unnaturally occurring”. You’ve also got your Skeletons and your Zombies, which are raised by the sorcery of a necromancer. Then you’ve got a variety of creatures that only the Church has categorized, such as the Draugr, Mohrg, and Wight-Wolf. Continue reading The Undead of Lyonesse