Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Demons And Devils

When it comes to Dungeons and Dragons The Abyss and the Hells are two of the places I like to read about or add to my game table this week Wizards talks more about the design of some of the fiercest creatures of these two planes. Demons and Devils.
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In the real world, "demon" is synonymous with "devil." "Abyss" and "hell" have a similar relationship. D&D designers have struggled with these facts since 1977 when the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game depicted demons and devils, the Abyss and the Nine Hells. The original basis for the division was alignment. Aligned planes existed to provide a meaningful afterlife for similarly aligned characters, and a need to fill those planes with natives resulted in demons being distinct from devils. As the game evolved, the original division remained, but too many similarities persisted. The advent of 4th Edition lets us accentuate the differences between the two primary species of fiends.

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