Inspired by Magic the Gathering and Soul Sacrifice
"The day you signed your name in blood was the day you forfeited your life, your child's life, and their children's life. I hope you will attain what you sought. The being you employed is not easily contained."
I spy, I spy
With my little eye
A soldier that will not die
Day after day
For how long I cannot say
He must let the devil within him stay
Deep inside, deep inside
That dark voice will not subside
But may give him the power to turn the tide
We live in the Age of Demons, much to our behest. Heaven will not answer our calls, and we cannot rely on the Angels to aid our plights. For as long as mankind could think and feel, the two otherworldly sides of Earth have persisted along with us; Heaven and Hell. Called by many names, imagined in different ways, they all share similar traits.
Heaven bears Angels, beings of benevolence, heroism, and other 'good' aspects. Humans with a positive life, a positive attitude, and an otherwise generally 'good' disposition ascend to Heaven to become an Angel themselves. No matter who you worship, where you live, you may be granted entry to Heaven if you display a good soul.
Hell bears Demons, entities of evil, nefariousness, and other 'evil' aspects. Humans who commit heinous crimes, live a destructive lifestyle, or a negative attitude may find themselves thrown to Hell. Here they are tortured for any length of time by the vile creatures residing within Hell. A human may not necessarily become a Demon, but those of especially potent evil might. Demons are generally born of the extreme emotions circulating within Hell; they are generally inhuman in nature.
For an untold time Heaven and Hell combated each other, if only for their stark differences. But one day, the war fell suddenly silent. Angels no longer roamed the Earth as miracles, and the Gates of Hell were thrown closed, albeit poorly. Slowly, progressively, the beings of Hell were left to walk upon Earth at their whim. Calls for the Angels received no response, and Man thought themselves facing the Apocalypse.
But one group of individuals would not lie back and accept fate while the so-called benevolent Angels turned away. While any normal man cannot hope to defeat a Demon on their own, one possessing supernatural powers could very well do so.
And thus the hesitantly accepted relationship with Demons was forged. For to defeat a Demon in your path, you must have one on your side.
The art of Diabolism was rendered legal (though highly monitored) and the practice of religion outlawed in many countries. Diabolists could channel the souls and energies of Hell to come to their aid... at a price. The dark magicians could utilize any manner of Hellish conjuration, from sacrifice to possession, all of which required a generally hefty price to be completed.
Demons bear no alliance to each other, and are fully willing to defeat another. Thus a more powerful demon could get what it wanted by way of a Diabolist, and the Diabolist in question could defend themselves (or others) from dark entities manifested on Earth itself. It is a difficult relationship, one that often leaves many dead, or entire families cursed, but it is the only way.
Well here's the Interest Check! If I can get some interest (of course) I'll elaborate on A LOT of stuff in the OOC (stuff like how Diabolism works, types of Demons, prices, history, world setting, etc), but for now I'll say this will end up being a psuedo-university setting (bear with me!) and that there will be a lot of depth to it (whatever the hell that means). If I do say so myself, character customization will be fun too!
Any questions feel free to ask!