A nice solid first post. The concept of a Lord of Hell who is not really evil is kinda attractive, making a Picasso out of "standard" fantasy demon-lore. This is, obviously, a good thing.. The post could be expaned upon, though - I feel it is a bit sketchy in places. Other than that, good job!
Thanks Moon, and might I say I'm a big fan of some of your stuff here. I would like to flesh this whole cosmology out more, so there may be more related subs in the works soon. As for Lacrimosa, I imagine that his reign has brought an uneasy peace in the war between the heavens and the underworld... He does what he must, but he has no stomach for making war on the heavens (where his family is, btw... certainly wouldn't want to accidentally harm them in any way) and little patience for those would defy him in this regard. He lets the demons go about their business for the most part (gathering new wicked souls to join the ranks, the average demon agenda), but when they attempt to convert good people to evil, especially family men, he has a tendency to punish the responsible party rather severely. Anyways, maybe I'll update this, or maybe I'll just flesh it out more in other entries. Thanks again, Moon, for taking the time to post on even the lowliest newbie's sub! Go to Comment
Thanks for commenting, Scrasamax! (I feel privileged to have so many respected members of the community reading my first post!) Yes, I admit, for this post to be fully appreciated I really must flesh out the cosmology I had in mind when I posted this sub. Yes, I imagine that all the demons are by default united in a heirarchy (which is not to say there may not be other evil entities not under their sway). And as for why none have managed to assassinate him--As I have said, he has both the strength and skills of previous demon lords, so he reigns for the same reason the previous king did... he was just that darn hard to kill, and it took a truly fiercesome piece of magic to bring him down. When another demon (or anything else, after all) strong enough to kill Lacrimosa comes along, then he will no doubt inherit Lacrimosa's spell, and be even more powerful. Which means if Zaalmonath ruled for 5000 years, then Lacrimosa will probably rule for 10,000, and his replacement might stay in power for 15,000. Just an example, of course. Anyways, if you read this, thanks so much for the comment! You guys are helping me tremendously, and I hope I only go up from here! Go to Comment
A culture must hide its hands in the arm of their clothing as a sign of respect and peace. When approaching somebody you show them respect by crossing your arms and hiding the hands in the shirt sleeves. Nobody worries about hidden knives and such, it is the threat of magic that this custom was created to prevent.