Deadlands

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The Deadlands (or lands of the dead) are the non-material realms to which the souls of deceased mortals depart. They are separate from astral realms and governed by different laws. Though each afterlife is created by a god, the gods typically do not spend much time in their respective dead realms.

Determination of Destination

If a mortal has forged a silver cord with a god, the mortal automatically departs to that god's afterlife, or the future location in the deadlands of that afterlife. However, if a mortal has not developed the required faith to establish a silver cord upon the time of his death, his fate is more ambiguous. If the mortal has some strong emotional or mystical connection to the material realm on which he lived, his soul may be anchored to that realm, making him a wandering soul. On the other hand, a mortal with no strong ties to the material realm who, nonetheless, has no silver cord, will be cast adrift in the void between afterlives.

All of this may be changed by the reigning god of the deadlands for a particular material realm. The specifics of the powers and selection of this god are left to the Meta-Deity.

Travel in the Deadlands

Unlike the astral realms, travel in the deadlands is governed by universal awareness or understanding. The more a mortal or deity understands about the universe, the easier it is to travel between realms in the deadlands. As with everything, a lower Mortal Bias score helps with this, but Mortal Bias itself is a metric of this universal understanding, and so additional aid is garnered in this respect with its lowering.

Afterlife Creation

When a god has achieved the proper Mortal Bias to enter the deadlands, he may then find his way to his own afterlife's location and begin to forge it. This is done in much the same way as an astral realm, although a god has much less control over the more abstract qualities of his realm. These restrictions are

  1. No god may affect the makeup of another god's afterlife.
  2. No god may affect any souls that have already entered an afterlife unless the ruling god expressly permits it.
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