Mar 10, 2017

IO: The mythological status of the Xeres is maintained primarily by the Court of Charity, which obsesses over the Wheel of Fortune's absence from its Halls. Devout parties of Court members are periodically sent to Greed's surface to search for the shard of Babylon the Great that shattered into the first formation of the Level, which has not gone unnoticed by Ellis, the current ruler of Greed.

The establishment of the Dement'ted Elite was largely based upon those who defected from Hell alongside Urd in the beginning throes of the Dement'ted War. High-ranking and otherwise powerful demons were immediately recruited to Urd's closest and highest ranks, bolstered by the especially malleable. Ranks would be thinned of those who aspired too high upon the social ladder or began to show any threads of doubt in his campaign.

How the War began is not a topic well understood within Dement'tia's common population, and suffers from accusations of direct (or indirect) obfuscation from commoners in Hell to their ruling powers. The causation of the Dement'ted War is generally described as "simple as it can be". Thirst for power drove the foundation of events that would become the War. The death of the Ten-Faced Beast brought with it the destruction of a "unified" Hell - now too large for a single ruling entity, and still physically expanding and splitting into what would become modern Hell. Without the guiding hand of the Beast, the holders of the Crowns Fair argued amongst themselves over the future of Hell and its expanding landscape, most of which was unmapped and unclaimed. The full expanse of the inferno was unknown, but fears of insufficient, finite space for the Damned were already present, even before the Beast's passing.

With the shattering of Babylon, demons aspiring for influence and power struck out from its remains to claim land for themselves, bringing with them eager expansionists. To many, Hell's splintering into ever more discs was a sign of Hell's shrinkage, with splitting planes assumed to be eventually eaten by the Abyss. The concept of Hell's slow demise struck fear into many, which Urd, then a minor figure within Babylon's crumbling walls, took full advantage of. He campaigned before the courts of Dis for permission to expand beyond Hell itself to search for more stable land - suggesting that the Hell they lived upon couldn't be all there was, that more Hell awaited discovery. At the time, the theory that the splitting of Hell was a test of its denizens by the Soul of Hell, or even a display of displeasure of their performance, was considered potentially true. Urd preyed upon this ideal and used it to bolster his platform of colonising a new, expanded Hell.

Whether or not Urd believed his own diatribe is unknown.

Dement'tia was founded as a research capital. Under the superstitions of the day it was believed that the inability to convert and cleanse Damned expediently was the source of Hell's presumed wrath against its own people. [?] Seen as a refinery, Dement'tia was likened to a mining operation, a free-moving arm to capture and filter Damned in-transit to Hell created in an effort to wring what could be drawn from mortal souls as early as possible to feed a growing population lost in its own expansion. [?]

The sorting of Damned was a sordid affair that drew ire from the people of the era. The process was slow, and with Damned collected as a resource, its restriction created considerable divide amongst fledgling rulerships. Damned could not be Punished by those who did not understand their sin. [?] The restrictions were seen as a form of classism. Urd would use this discontent to "sell" his domain to those frustrated with the struggling but necessary system, claiming that "everyone gets their fair share" in Dement'tia, before anyone else. [?]

Dement'tia's distance from Hell proper gave Urd a feeling of freedom and flexibility that was up until that point unknown within the ruling class in Hell. Rulership in Hell was still ultimately servitude to the Soul of Hell, which generated a sense of resentment and desire in Urd over time. In his physical distance from Hell, Urd permitted to fester in his mind thoughts of usurpment and independence. What power or existence did Hell truly possess if independence and maintenance of demonic existence could be sustained so far from its grasp? Urd's dissent is what kick starts the initial conflict that will become the Dement'ted War. Urd's parceling of Damned to his own followers before those in Hell / Hell itself, his interference with free will, and his further isolating of Dement'tia from Hell is what begins the Dement'ted War. Urd's greatest misstep is his encouragement of acts of Dissent, the direct influencing of souls to commit to Damnation instead of forging their own choices under the power and allowance of free will. This fundamental violation is what turns all of Hell against him, forcing Urd to detach Dement'tia from Hell proper, and become dimensionally isolated.

As a location, Dement'tia is incredibly small in comparison to Hell proper. Its survival for all this time is attributed entirely to its technology of syphoning Damned to itself without waiting for the Damned to cross to the Foyer, and its system of sowing Dissent to directly Damn souls to its doorstep. Dement'tia has only a single lifeline in this respect, and its severance would result in its swift degradation, starvation, and dissolution. To prevent its destruction in this way, Dement'tia must be constantly "moving" - shifting its location, or rather, the entries to its location [?], throughout space. It's population is a percentile that of Hell, but its tactics keep its opponent guessing. Dement'tia makes up for its lack of attrition with its technology, which it uses with impunity to steal resources from Hell and launch calculated strikes with the worst it possesses to where the resulting discord will be greatest. The War itself has lasted so long only for Dement'tia's ability to escape literal razing at the hands of Hell. Hell possesses the means to destroy Dement'tia easily, but not the ability to lock the location down. Urd uses this to his advantage by goading Hell's forces with red herrings to stretch its immense resources thin across as large an area as he can to isolate and exterminate.

Despite its size, Hell has only so much in resources to dedicate to Urd's extermination at a time, and its internal conflicts amongst its own people do not help. The War takes a considerable toll on Dement'tia's population, thinning it and corrupting its bloodlines as generations progress. It is not until the death of Urd and the abduction of Urz that the War truly shifts in Dement'tia's favour. It is not until this point that the Old Guard return to Heaven and stage a violent coup of the Courts, forcing many of Heaven's inhabitants into a conflict they had happily ignored until this point.