Darryl Speed's Collection of Characters
Heaven, an Endless Monument to Virtue
After final judgment a virtuous soul is whisked away from the grey blur of Odiosis. Afterward they see a stunning light and then the marble spires of heaven come into view. Most are left awestruck and speechless as the angelic choir guides them to the god they were promised. Some of the more curious individuals veer off the path into the Hall of Forgotten gods, the centerpiece of the endlessly sprawling city that makes up heaven. Even further toward the center lies the Ur statue, an unmarked and forgotten monument to the very god who created this magnificent place. Resting with him are icons, idols, and relics from deities who slowly shifted from the public conscious. Some of these gods remain lucid and have developed a deep resentment for the newer gods but keep this to themselves and allow the dust and stone to slowly encrust them. Some sparse few worshipers give them life, and they reward these individuals with the last remnants of their once great power. The souls of Heaven are given the freedom to explore beyond the confines of their own god’s wing of the city, many take in the sights of the humbling cathedrals of Hadrian, the modest chapel of Yonah, or the baroque castles of Lothian.
These three gods make up the most significant portion of heaven. Hadrian’s colossal spires are meant to remind the believers of the frailty and insignificance of mortality and that despite their small place in the cosmic scale, they can come together to form masses that can overcome any challenge or foe. Every day the faithful come together for one hour of prayer, praying for Hadrian to gain the strength to protect their family members back home and for the eventual rescue of Hadrian’s kin Flavian. Yonah’s wing of the city serves a different purpose, rather than humbling her followers she gives them space to house the destitute of heaven who may have lost their god and need somewhere to go as their deity slowly fades. Mercy serves as the centerpiece of Yonah’s doctrine even in the afterlife. Finally Lothian’s massive castle serves as a common place for spectator sports among the souls of heaven. Knightly duels, jousts, and balls appear weekly with the finest actors, writers, knights, and poets coming to woo the great “Queen of Heaven” and gain her favor.