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PostSubject: The Earthbound   Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:55 pm

Earthbound are a notorious group of demons known for their corruption. While the Fallen still bear some resemblance to humanity due to their human hosts and low-Torment, the Earthbound are utter monstrosities consumed with Torment and driven mad by depravity and worship. The Earthbound were summoned to Earth by mages centuries before the Sixth Great Maelstrom, giving them an advantage over the demons of the modern day. In ancient times, their cults extended into the hearts of great empires. They ruled from temples heaped with skulls that echoed with the discordant chants of the faithful, drawing humanity down a path of slavery and corruption. No longer angels nor wholly demons, the Earthbound are the nightmarish products of divine power and the darkest parts of the human soul.

Instead of inhabiting human hosts, they reside in inanimate objects known as reliquaries, either because they are too powerful for a human body to endure their presence, because they were summoned and bound into such an object, or because there simply was no suitable new human host around when they lost their old hosts.

The origin of the Earthbound can be found in Lucifer's five Archdukes, his most trusted advisors and leaders during the Rebellion. Each Archduke was in charge of one of the Legions, and they served him unquestionably. However, as the fighting wore on, some of them began to question Lucifer's motives and methods. When Lucifer proposed the Grand Experiment, they were further troubled; if humanity supplanted the Creator, would they really be any better off? When Asmodeus had a vision of humans ruling over the Fallen, it was all over. He and Abaddon created the Nephilim, half-demons meant to replace humans and be utterly subservient to the Archdukes. Azrael further helped develop them in exchange for their souls upon their deaths.

The Nephilim moved through the world with the same callous attitude of their creators: destroying humans. When they killed Lucifer's precious Watchers, he called for revenge, hunted them down, and wiped them from the face of the Earth. The Grand Experiment was ruined, brought down by Lucifer's own allies. Soon after, the Fallen (save Lucifer) were cast into the Abyss. There, the Archdukes, their great leader missing, stewed in doubt and anger, eventually convinced that Lucifer had betrayed them to the Creator in exchange for his own freedom. Their Torment eventually overtook them.

Lucifer had escaped, it turned out, but not by any kindness on the Creator's part. He remained hidden on Earth, teaching humanity the arts of sorcery, hoping he could eventually call back the Fallen, especially his trusted lieutenants, not knowing that the Abyss had turned them insane and hateful. Eventually, humans built five idols, one for each Archduke, and summoned them. The Archdukes quickly took control and began working towards humanity's destruction, much to Lucifer's horror. Other lesser Fallen were similarly summoned using sorcery. Eventually, 666 of the creatures that became known as the Earthbound were brought into being. They thrived in the pagan world and practically ruled Rome. However, with the coming of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as the subsequent Age of Enlightenment, many mortals turned from their wicked ways, and by the 1600s, the Earthbound had all fallen into slumber. They remained that way until shaken awake by the Sixth Great Maelstrom.
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