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  • How would you do the Empyrean?

    So,we know a little bit about the Empyrean,we know it's a counterpart of the Inferno and it's less focused on human Vice than the Inferno. And i'd like to know, if you were to develop the idea further,what would your Empyrean be like? Would you base it's inhabitants in abrahamic angels or would you situate pagan gods there too? what woud the inhabitants be like in general?

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    I wouldn't, because the idea behind the Empyrean obviates the purpose of rendering it as a discrete world. The concept shows up by name in two sidebars in Inferno and Imperial Mysteries, and the former doesn't even postulate a world and the latter applies the term to a realm of raw, undifferentiated meaning behind the symbolic filter of the Supernal, which only the Ascended can truly know.

    In familiar Western theological terms, going to the Empyrean is being one with God, who sends angels to carry out his will in the world. You can't meaningfully go a further layer of abstraction above "this is a form the underlying mechanics of reality have been rendered into so that you can parse it without your soul exploding," because anything deeper that can be described is just another layer of symbolic conveyance.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Satchel View Post
      I wouldn't, because the idea behind the Empyrean obviates the purpose of rendering it as a discrete world. The concept shows up by name in two sidebars in Inferno and Imperial Mysteries, and the former doesn't even postulate a world and the latter applies the term to a realm of raw, undifferentiated meaning behind the symbolic filter of the Supernal, which only the Ascended can truly know.

      In familiar Western theological terms, going to the Empyrean is being one with God, who sends angels to carry out his will in the world. You can't meaningfully go a further layer of abstraction above "this is a form the underlying mechanics of reality have been rendered into so that you can parse it without your soul exploding," because anything deeper that can be described is just another layer of symbolic conveyance.

      The Tao that can be named is not the Tao.
      Seconded.

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      • #4
        As above, but as one thing can have many names, so can one name have many things… There could be a Virtuous counterpart to the infamous Vice-Ridden pit, whose inhabitants feed on sacrifice instead of suffering. And since sacrifice and suffering go hand in hand, the difference might be purely academic in the end…

        Or it could be A’aru, à la Mummy. Hey, the Judges are pretty concerned about justice too… (in which case, ‘angels’ would be Avatars and Amkhata, and ‘saints’ would be Benbenet and sorcerers)


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        • #5
          i see,so just to be sure,you fellas don't think any Empyrean possessed exist?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nicolas Milioni View Post
            i see,so just to be sure,you fellas don't think any Empyrean possessed exist?
            "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him."

            alt text: No.


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            • #7
              understood 👍

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              • #8
                “The Empyrean”? As in a Lower Depth? By definition, a Lower Depth is a broken world-fragment, lacking some cosmic or mundane concept found throughout the Fallen World. As such, they’re not pleasant places to be.

                I’d imagine the Empyrean being so pure, so blindingly bright, that all impurity burns away. Things with a Vice or a Vice-equivalent just catch fire in the presence of such broken rightness. It’s like a beautiful radioactive wasteland, where great machines of blinding purity stride to and fro on unknowable tasks.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Demigod Beast View Post
                  “The Empyrean”? As in a Lower Depth? By definition, a Lower Depth is a broken world-fragment, lacking some cosmic or mundane concept found throughout the Fallen World. As such, they’re not pleasant places to be.

                  I’d imagine the Empyrean being so pure, so blindingly bright, that all impurity burns away. Things with a Vice or a Vice-equivalent just catch fire in the presence of such broken rightness. It’s like a beautiful radioactive wasteland, where great machines of blinding purity stride to and fro on unknowable tasks.
                  Rather the opposite. The Empyrean is a hypothetical bit of the Supernal wherein basically "meaning" or "essence" is at it's purest form, untethered from any and all semiotic expression, from which the rest of the Supernal's symbols are filled with. To repeat Satchel's use of the Tao Te Ching, it is the true, nameless Tao.


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                  • #10
                    Nevertheless, if made into a Lower Depth, it’s fundamemtally broken. If it’s a code word for the Supernal World, then it isn’t a Lower Depth.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Demigod Beast View Post
                      Nevertheless, if made into a Lower Depth, it’s fundamemtally broken. If it’s a code word for the Supernal World, then it isn’t a Lower Depth.
                      What part of "hypothetical part of the Supernal" sounds like either "code word" or "Lower Depth."


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ArcaneArts View Post
                        Rather the opposite. The Empyrean is a hypothetical bit of the Supernal wherein basically "meaning" or "essence" is at it's purest form, untethered from any and all semiotic expression, from which the rest of the Supernal's symbols are filled with. To repeat Satchel's use of the Tao Te Ching, it is the true, nameless Tao.
                        In Imperial Mysteries it is (or it kinda is, the sidebar in IM reads to me as slightly ambiguous if that's a concrete title for a piece of the cosmology, or if it's just the name of the sidebar; simply being one of many potential names for what is still only a hypothetical). However, Nicolas Milioni was pretty clearly asking about the Empyrean proposed in Inferno which is quite different.



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                        • #13
                          i thought they were the same?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Michael View Post

                            In Imperial Mysteries it is (or it kinda is, the sidebar in IM reads to me as slightly ambiguous if that's a concrete title for a piece of the cosmology, or if it's just the name of the sidebar; simply being one of many potential names for what is still only a hypothetical). However, Nicolas Milioni was pretty clearly asking about the Empyrean proposed in Inferno which is quite different.
                            Admittedly it's been a hair bit since I read the two, because the Empyrean so quickly revealed itself to be almost purely valuable only as academic consideration, but from what I recall on both, it's pretty reasonable to assume that the twain were written under the assumption of being the same.


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                            The world is not beautiful, therefore it is.-Keiichi Sigsawa, Kino's Journey
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ArcaneArts View Post
                              Admittedly it's been a hair bit since I read the two, because the Empyrean so quickly revealed itself to be almost purely valuable only as academic consideration, but from what I recall on both, it's pretty reasonable to assume that the twain were written under the assumption of being the same.
                              I think it depends what you mean by 'the same'. I vaguely remember Dave Brookshaw commenting once that Malcolm Sheppard liked to put in references to other settings in CofD as a way of implying a greater degree of cohesion to the cosmology than was actually present (and he's probably not the only one). I suspect this is probably one example. To compare, the same sidebar in IM also refers to the Empyrean as "a Principle", whilst the sidebar in Inferno refers to angels in passing as "Qashmalim" (which they certainly act quite similar to). Now, those aren't direct references exactly, but I don't think they were chosen accidently either.


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