Behold, The Lower Planes! These are places of divine punishment, the quarantine zones for the foulest evil next to Ravenloft, these lower planes are the birthplace of The Fiends and so much more. It is inhospitable, destructive and the ultimate test upon the good soul! Petitioners who find themselves upon these planes more often than not deserve their grim fates. Those who fell into these lands of evil? Far more sympathetic. Many were merely curious travelers and clueless primers; now burning against the fiery walls of The Hells or within the acid swamps deep in Carceri. – Ramon DeLeon, Plane Traveling bard
Within the Great Wheel, there are countless forces embodying equally countless ideas and visions. Within the Lower Planes, evil thrives. The Lower Planes contain Baator (the Nine Hells), The Smoking Towers of Gehenna, The Grey Wastes of Hades, The Tartaran Prisons of Carceri and the Endless Layers of the Abyss. To some, the Eternal Battlefields of Acheron and the Howling Tunnels of Pandemonium certainly count too. Whether or not they’re accounted for, the rest of this linked macrocosm is the most interaction forms of evil one could hope to find. The Lower Planes are the home to true oppression, savagery, malice and more. Each fiendish creature has their own way of causing ruin to all around them.
The powers of the Lower Planes are simply evil incarnate. The Primer usually has a surface level idea of what horrors lie beneath. Sure, some make their holy orders to fight off whatever might spill onto the prime, but that’s a mere trickle compared to the raging torrent on the Outer Planes. Devils, Demons and other fiends have more than earned their dark reputations. Even those who have prepared to take on these twisted adversaries have found themselves either falling in battle or falling in principles. The pull of Evil is sometimes that strong. Careful on your own journeys.
Author’s Note: FIENDS! A lot of this post was because of the latest adventure for 5th Edition. While I wasn’t a fan of the recent module, “Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus”, I always look for an excuse to tackle all means of demons, devils and more. So, there you have it! So, let’s dive into the worst places imaginable to ring in 2020! As the new year continues, let us descend into the void. Well, in gaming, at least.
EDIT: The url was “__trashed”? Aww, come on! I’m usually better at spotting things than that. But, the cat’s out of the bag. I originally wasn’t gonna do this. But, I’m glad I changed my mind. I don’t wanna screw with the URL though, as it’ll mess up all links.