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31st Dec '17 12:22:02 PM Tacitus
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* The Outer Planes in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', both good and bad (and neutral and lawful and chaotic) are almost always divided into different layers. However, a soul's actions in life determine which ''plane'' they end up on, usually not which layer of that plane. For example, those who lived a LawfulEvil existence wind up in Baator where their immortal soul is tortured to empower the devils who rule the plane, while evil warlords may face an eternity of war on the Infernal Battlefield of Acheron.

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* The Outer Planes in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', both good and bad (and neutral and lawful and chaotic) are almost always divided into different layers. However, a soul's actions in life determine which ''plane'' they end up on, usually not which layer of that plane. For example, those Those who lived a LawfulEvil existence wind up in Baator where their immortal soul is tortured to empower the devils who rule the plane, while evil warlords may face an eternity of war mindless conflict on the Infernal Battlefield of Acheron.Acheron, ChaoticGood fighters meanwhile get to enjoy a WarriorHeaven in Ysgard, and TrueNeutral souls gravitate toward the Concordant Domain of the Outlands at the hub of the Great Wheel of planes.



** The Abyss is probably infinite in horrifying variety, but tradition holds it consists of [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]] layers, each somehow worse than the last.

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** The Abyss is probably infinite in horrifying variety, but tradition holds it consists of [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]] layers, each somehow worse than the last. It should be noted that there's no real order to these layers, since most of them can be reached by jumping in the right pit from the "top" layer of the plane, Pazunia, the Plain of Infinite Portals, so any numbers associated with them are based on the order of their discovery by planar cartographers.


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** The gnomish heaven of Bytopia deserves a mention due to how its two layers are arranged, facing each other from about a mile apart. Dothion is a pastoral paradise of tamed fields and peaceful woodlands, while Shurrock is a rugged, resource-rich wilderness to challenge the hardiest of souls. Moving between the two requires flight, or climbing a mountain tall enough to meet its counterpart on the opposing layer like an hourglass.
** Planar layers can also move around. Menausus was once the third layer of Arcadia, a harmonious mildly-Lawful plane, but enough of the ant-like Formians settled there to tip the layer's philosophy so that it joined the LawfulNeutral plane of Mechanus some millennia ago. Now the second layer of Arcadia, Buxenus, is a mustering ground preparing for an effort to somehow reclaim Menausus from the rival plane.
10th Oct '17 3:23:16 PM DustSnitch
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* OlderThanPrint: Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' isn't the TropeMaker, as it's based on some apocryphal scriptures, merely the TropeCodifier for the West. It's often not mentioned that Dante's Heaven and Purgatory are built in a similar way, with Purgatory having "terraces"--it's a step-shaped mountain--based on the SevenDeadlySins and Heaven having nine "spheres" associated with the Ptolemaic (geocentric) model of the Universe based on the Christian SevenCardinalVirtues with some modifications (e.g., the lower/inner three spheres are based on those in Heaven who were nevertheless deficient in some virtue) plus the otherworldly Empyrean (the abode of God).
** Note that while it's often depicted as a series of vertically stacked discs, as in the page image, Dante's Hell is a subterranean bowl, with the levels descending in rings, so they are literally circles of hell (except the bottom one, which is a frozen lake).

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* OlderThanPrint: Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' isn't the TropeMaker, as it's based on some apocryphal scriptures, merely the TropeCodifier for the West. It's often not mentioned that Dante's Heaven and Purgatory are built in a similar way, OlderThanPrint with Purgatory having "terraces"--it's a step-shaped mountain--based on ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'':
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the SevenDeadlySins and Heaven having {{Trope Codifier}}s, are the nine "spheres" associated circles Dante traverses in ''Inferno'', which start from the top with the Ptolemaic (geocentric) model of the Universe based on the Christian SevenCardinalVirtues with some modifications (e.g., the lower/inner three spheres are based on those in Heaven who were nevertheless deficient in some virtue) plus the otherworldly Empyrean (the abode of God).
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offenses that least distance man from God, and gradually get graver and graver until it reaches the Earth's core, which is reserved for direct traitors to God like Lucifer and Judas. while it's often depicted as a series of vertically stacked discs, as in the page image, Dante's Hell is a subterranean bowl, with the levels descending in rings, so they are literally circles of hell (except the bottom one, which is a frozen lake).lake).
** The Seven Terraces of Purgatory each serve to reconcile people that committed one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Since Purgatory is a mountain with the entrance to Paradise at the top, the worst of the Sins (pride) has its terrace at the bottom, and sinners must then climb through the other terraces until they reach the least offensive sin (lust) and do penance for that.
** The Nine Spheres of [[{{Heaven}} Paradise]] are based on the Ptolemaic (geocentric) model of the Universe and its inhabitants get more perfect as Dante ascends them. Dante actually takes issue with this, since he's uncomfortable with inequality in the realm of a just God. Well, he has nothing to worry about, because Heaven [[SubvertedTrope only appears to be divided into spheres]], and in actuality, all saints dwell outside the Heavens in God's dwelling, the Empyrean. They only appeared to Dante in the Spheres so he could better understand the different types of people in Paradise.
27th May '17 6:09:19 PM kazokuhouou
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* In ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' Satan made an extra circle of hell where fans of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' go and quote lines at each other. Ironically, everyone ''else'' is tortured for eternity, the ''fans'' think they're in heaven.
-->'''Satan:''' Irony's all relative, anyway.
27th Feb '17 6:31:16 PM TexasKelly
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* In the ''[[Film/TheGreenHornet Green Hornet]]'' special episode of ''Series/{{MythBusters}}'', Grant comments after he and Tory riddle a Black Beauty with 250+ sub-machine rounds that "if there's a circle of hell for people who destroy beautiful cars, that's where we're going".
11th Feb '17 3:54:39 AM jormis29
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* The fourth ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' movie mostly takes place in Hell. The first layer of Hell is a "city" of floating gray blocks with blue walkways between them all under a [[RedSkyTakeWarning red sky]]. The guards, called Kushanada, mostly patrol this layer, which contains damned souls that have gone insane. The second layer is a vast sea with stone platforms and giant bowl-like sculptures shaped like lillies floating on it. At least one has a Kushanada skeleton impaled within it. The sky here is a lavender color. The third layer has the bottom of the sea as its "sky" and is made of several plateaus pockmarked with pits of yellow liquid. The liquid can harm souls and is deep enough to hide Kushanada. The spaces between the palteaus are filled with clouds. The fourth layer is covered in dunes of blue grit, which formed from countless damned souls [[CessationOfExistence dying again]]. The most prominent landmark is a Stonehenge-like structure that partly encircles a LavaPit that has a giant humanoid skeleton halfway out of it. The horizon is concealed by yellow clouds which also fill the sky. The lowest layer is dotted with irregular pillars topped with lava pits. The Kushanada can emerge from the pillars. Rivers of lava flow between the pillars under a perpetual thunderstorm. Bones of various sizes cover most of the solid ground there.

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* The fourth ''[[Anime/BleachHellVerse Hell Verse]]'' movie of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' movie mostly takes place in Hell. The first layer of Hell is a "city" of floating gray blocks with blue walkways between them all under a [[RedSkyTakeWarning red sky]]. The guards, called Kushanada, mostly patrol this layer, which contains damned souls that have gone insane. The second layer is a vast sea with stone platforms and giant bowl-like sculptures shaped like lillies floating on it. At least one has a Kushanada skeleton impaled within it. The sky here is a lavender color. The third layer has the bottom of the sea as its "sky" and is made of several plateaus pockmarked with pits of yellow liquid. The liquid can harm souls and is deep enough to hide Kushanada. The spaces between the palteaus are filled with clouds. The fourth layer is covered in dunes of blue grit, which formed from countless damned souls [[CessationOfExistence dying again]]. The most prominent landmark is a Stonehenge-like structure that partly encircles a LavaPit that has a giant humanoid skeleton halfway out of it. The horizon is concealed by yellow clouds which also fill the sky. The lowest layer is dotted with irregular pillars topped with lava pits. The Kushanada can emerge from the pillars. Rivers of lava flow between the pillars under a perpetual thunderstorm. Bones of various sizes cover most of the solid ground there.
31st Jul '16 2:12:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''CtrlAltDel'', like Dante, gives [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20090928 nine circles]], but they're for the different types of bastard you encounter in [=MMOs=]. {{Griefer}}s are forever spawn-camped, [[NinjaLooting Ninja Looters]] roll a 1 on every drop, and so on.

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* ''CtrlAltDel'', ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', like Dante, gives [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20090928 nine circles]], but they're for the different types of bastard you encounter in [=MMOs=]. {{Griefer}}s are forever spawn-camped, [[NinjaLooting Ninja Looters]] roll a 1 on every drop, and so on.



* In ''DresdenCodak'', [[http://dresdencodak.com/2010/05/05/a-degenerate-prepares-for-hell/ plans for Hell involve figuring out which circle you end up in.]]

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* In ''DresdenCodak'', ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'', [[http://dresdencodak.com/2010/05/05/a-degenerate-prepares-for-hell/ plans for Hell involve figuring out which circle you end up in.]]



* ''TheOnion'' has an article with the headline [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28898 "Tenth Circle Added To Rapidly Growing Hell"]]. Corpadverticus, the realm of Total Bastards, is built to contain publicists and lobbyists, media whores, and awards-show hosts.

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* ''TheOnion'' ''Website/TheOnion'' has an article with the headline [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28898 "Tenth Circle Added To Rapidly Growing Hell"]]. Corpadverticus, the realm of Total Bastards, is built to contain publicists and lobbyists, media whores, and awards-show hosts.
11th Jun '16 10:52:35 PM LordGro
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[[IronicHell Rolled up and smoked like a panatella]]\\

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[[IronicHell Rolled up and smoked like a panatella]]\\panatella\\
11th Jun '16 10:57:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, both Heaven and Hell possess different circles/regions. Where you end up depends on what kind of person you were in life. In Heaven you go to different circles if you were a philosopher or a military leader. In Hell people who litter ([[KnightTemplar yes]]) are forced to pick up litter in the freezing cold without any clothes until they've picked up as much litter as they contributed to, directly or indirectly, in life... though since this was shown and explained by Satan while giving a third party a supervised "tour" of Hell, its truthfulness is highly questionable, at best.

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* In the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, both Heaven and Hell possess different circles/regions. Where you end up depends on what kind of person you were in life. In Heaven you go to different circles if you were a philosopher or a military leader. In Hell people who litter ([[KnightTemplar yes]]) are forced to pick up litter in the freezing cold without any clothes until they've picked up as much litter as they contributed to, directly or indirectly, in life... though since this was shown and explained by Satan while giving a third party a supervised "tour" of Hell, its truthfulness is highly questionable, at best.
31st May '16 1:43:51 AM TheCuza
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->''"Cigars are evil, you won't miss 'em\\
We'll find ways to simulate that smell\\
What a sorry fella\\
[[IronicHell Rolled up and smoked like a panatella]]\\
Here on Level 1 of Robot Hell!"''
-->-- '''The Robot Devil''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
27th May '16 2:45:06 PM Doug86
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* ''FanFic/StarsAbove'': The Nine, the story's antagonists, modeled themselves after the Circles of Hell in ''TheDivineComedy''.

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* ''FanFic/StarsAbove'': The Nine, the story's antagonists, modeled themselves after the Circles of Hell in ''TheDivineComedy''.''Literature/TheDivineComedy''.
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