Mechanus

  • Type: a blend of a Heaven, an Other World and a Battery, leaning heavily towards the latter.
  • Origin: TSR’s Planescape line
  • Admission: followers of the deities who live there, or those of lawful alignments.

Imagine a world of perfect harmony. Perfect order. This is Mechanus.

The cosmic ideal of law and order, where there is a place for everything and everything is in its place, and never ever leaves its place. It is not a soul-crushing order, or at least, it does not set out to be. It is however, an order as lacking in mercy as it is in malice.

This is Mechanus, inhabited by a race of beings who are little more than Euclidean solids given life. One would describe it as ruled with an iron fist, only rulership implies decision-making, and all the decisions here were made so long ago no one remembers who made them, nor much cares, so long as the ancient rules and traditions are followed to the letter, without deviation.

Unfortunately, the John Lennon-inspired vision the phrase “Imagine a world of perfect harmony.” calls to mind for most of us is far from the reality of Mechanus. You’re more likely to hear the music of the cogs than the music of the spheres here.

You’d really need to be a serious techhead – and I mean ‘grafting untested technologies to your living flesh’ type techhead – to get much out of this place. And unless your patron deity lives here, you are not welcome in any case – tourist detract from the order of Mechanus, and are politely discouraged. At best.


Possession of the Demonic

  • Type: a rare combination This World and Hell.
  • Origin: S. Andrew Swann’s short story Fealty in the anthology “Places To Be, People To Kill“.
  • Admission: Christian knghts of strong faith, and well, demons.

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Riverworld

Few afterlives are quite as far out as Riverworld. Riverwold is a planet that consists of a single long river valley, winding over the entire surface of the planet from the north pole to the south. It is, of course, artificially constructed. On Riverworld, every single adult human being who ever lived between the years 10,000 BC and 1980 AD has been resurrected by mysterious aliens for an unknown purpose. They are provided with food, good health (up to and including the connection of genetic defects), endless re-resurrections should they die again on the Riverworld – and nothing else.

No clues as to the purpose or rationale of the Riverworld. No nothing.

Naturally, to a certain type of personality – explorers, adventurers, philosophers and certain others – this does not sit well, and the quest to discover the secrets of the Riverworld is on.

Riverworld is, ultimately, one of those afterlives that are much more fun to read about than to visit. I mean, think about it. It’s a world in which every single human being for a span of nearly 12 thousand years has been resurrected. That’s a planet full of old grudges and the like. Not to mention that the world has largely reverted to a stone age level of technology. Check it out, certainly, but unless you’re one of those who have access to its secrets, don’t expect to enjoy Riverworld any more than you enjoyed Earth.

You don’t really think I’m going to spoil it for you, do you?
Go read it yourself!