Baator

  • Type: Hell, with some traits of an Other World.
  • Origin: TSR’s Planescape line
  • Admission: followers of the deities who live there, those of lawful evil alignments, or making a spectacularly ill-advised deal with a devil.

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Bytopia

  • Type: Heaven, with some traits of an Other World.
  • Origin: TSR’s Planescape line
  • Admission: followers of the deities who live there, those of neutral good or lawful good alignments.

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Carceri

  • Type: Hell, with some traits of an Other World.
  • Origin: TSR’s Planescape line
  • Admission: followers of the deities who live there, those of neutral evil or chaotic evil alignments, or pissing someone off enough that they imprison you there.

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Elysium

  • Type: Heaven, with some traits of an Other World.
  • Origin: TSR’s Planescape
  • Admission: followers of the deities who live there, those of neutral good alignment, good or neutral aligned visitors, and whatever it is that lurks in Beleirin.

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Gadaran

  • Type: Other World.
  • Origin: Tim Waggoner’s short story All in the Execution in the anthology “Places To Be, People To Kill“.
  • Admission: all the dead of the kingdom of Qadira, and presumably of the un-named world it sits upon.

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Hades (Marvel)

In the Marvel Universe, there are any number of afterlives, but they are all, ultimately, the same afterlife. What you find there depends to some extent on what you expect to find there, and to some extent on who there holds power.

When Hercules visits this afterlife, he sees it as Hades, albeit an unusually modern Hades full of dead people he knows, all gambling in a casino where the ultimate prize is resurrection. Unusually, it also includes dead gods as well as dead mortals.

So long as you don’t piss off Hades, this isn’t a bad afterlife to wind up in – it’s relatively earth-like and un-sadistic, and there’s a very good chance of escaping it (if the rate of resurrections in Marvel Comics is anything to go by).


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.