In this topic, I will be attempting to make sense of the devils, who are one of the most intriguing factions (in my opinion).
There will be a lot of spoilers.
I will be grouping into a few rough topics. I would really appreciate feedback.
The Origins of Devils
[ul][li]Devils probably come from Parabola[/li][/ul]I’ve heard that the devils apparently once cohabited with the Fingerkings in Parabola. Can anyone back that up?
Devils arguably still reside in Parabola, since Hell has been described as being on the edge of Parabola. Although, since they only live on the edge (and also, IIRC, the Fingerkings are implied to be willing to help the bishop invade hell), Devils and Fingerkings presumably had some kind of conflict in the past. Does anyone have any proof of a Devil v. Fingerking war?
- Are Devils literally Christian devils?
The devils were active in Second City ( ~1300 BC), which means they existed long before Christianity and quite possibly before even Judaism. However, they look and act much like how and 1800’s British person might expect. They have fangs and yellow eyes. They refer to their home as ‘Hell’ and mention it was a monarchy. Also, they trade in souls, even though the idea of the devil buying one’s soul didn’t even exist until the 6th century AD (Theophilus of Adana - Wikipedia).
It seems like there are two possible explanations:
Devils have always existed in more or less their current form and the Abrahamic religions simply never mentioned their penchant for purchasing souls for ~2000 years.
Devils have somehow taken a form familiar to Londoners, taking on the role of ‘devils’ for reasons of their own.
The second explanation seems more likely to me. It would explain why, as far as I know, Devils are not harmed by holy water or warded of by crosses/church bells/whatever, the way one would expect Christian devils to react. This would also explain why angels have never shown up, because they don’t exist in this setting.
The Actions of the Devils in Previous Cities
- The Duchess claims that the devils were active in the Second City.
- The Gracious Widow is familiar with Devils, noting that they have become active in ‘the game’ once more.
This seems to imply that the Devils were active in the Fourth City. Can any Silver Tree players back that up?
- Can anyone confirm their presence in the First or the Third City?
- Does anyone know if Devils called themselves something else in the other cities?
Why do they want souls?
- Seriously, what do they do with them?
- For that matter, what are souls?
All I know is that souls appear to provide morals, motivation, and some forms of happiness to humans, and that can be destroyed by hyper-concentrated sadness (Lacre). Also, I’ve heard that they are ‘star spore,’ which suggests a worrying connection to the Judgments.
Do the Devils have a connection to the Judgments?
- They collect souls, which are apparently ‘star spore’[/li][li]They emit intense heat, (like miniature suns?)