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Play With Me? ([personal profile] playdate) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2015-09-07 06:23 pm

Underworld Meme

The Underworld Meme

Perhaps you fought bravely and fell in battle defending innocents. Maybe you were a tyrant who's just been given your comeuppance. Maybe you have another reason for seeking out the place beyond death.

Whatever happened, you're here now. What next?

What kind of afterlife have you reached?

I. Greek: The Greek underworld comes in two flavors: the misty
Hades and bloody Tartarus. All dead mortals are sent to Hades, but the most wicked are delivered to Tartarus for eternal suffering. Hades can be visited by the living, but do take care around the cuisine. Those who eat the delicious food are bound to Hades forever.

II. Buddhist: One is not reborn into
Naraka without having lived a very low life. If your karma has not been considered during life, if you have not done to others as you would have them do to you, then you shall suffer in the next life. The lifetimes in Narakas can range from firey penetration to cold so extreme that it cracks the body open. This is a lifetime that lasts for hundreds of years, until you are reborn over and over again waiting to restore your karma to a clean state once again.

Hell is a residence for the unsaved. Like the fallen angels before you, you will be expelled from paradise and left to burn and suffer forever. Will you repent? And will you be allowed to ascend if you do?

IV. Egyptian: The realm of
Duat is an interesting place to visit, but one should hope never to be forced to live there. It is the realm of Osiris, and the home of gods and fierce creatures alike. To pass through Duat, one must find a way through a series of gates guarded by fearsome creatures. What will you do to pass by the "Blood-drinker who comes from the Slaughterhouse"? Will you spend eternity in pieces decorating the gates to warn the next traveler?

V. Judaism:
Sheol is a place of darkness. It isn't concerned over whether you were kind to others in your life. It has no interest in making you suffer. You lived, and then you died. And now you are here, in the blackest of voids, where God has no interest in you. How will you keep hold of yourself here? Will you whither away into a mere shade of a spirit, rendered weak and emotionless?

VI. Aztec: The journey though
Mictlan is a long and arduous one. The journey from the first to ninth levels requires four years of unending travel over mountains and through bloody rivers. Will you be chased by wild beasts? Will your undead guide bring you to the next world safely? Or will you be sent to join one of the elemental gods to bear the sun or rain instead?

VII. Norse: It's cold in
Nifleheim, the land of mists. You are here if you have dishonored yourself. And here you will stay under the rule of the goddess Hel. Beware of the dragon Nidhogg, who sucks on the blood of the deceased.
Unless of course your warrior spirit has died in glorious battle. In that case, please enjoy your paradise in

VIII. Islamic: Sinners are banished to one of the seven gates of
Jahannam. Jahannam is a place of pain and fire, where the condemned move about with flame-charred skin under a smoky sky that provides no shade from the heat. Angels, strict and severe, oversee that the tortures are befitting of a person's misdeeds in life. They dress the deceased in clothes made from fire and feed them boiling liquid that scalds them from the inside out.

IX. Pop Culture: The vision of
Hell commonly depicted in media takes hints from different religions and mashes them together as it sees fit. Consider this the "mix and match" option.

X. Something else: There are several other visions of the underworld, as well as religions with afterlives far more complex than I felt comfortable simplifying for meme's sake. Where will you go when your life ends?

What brings you here together? Are you fellow damned? Did you find a way to visit the underworld in an attempt to rescue a loved one who died too soon? Are you one of the guardians or challenges? Who were you before, and what will become of you next?

As per the "everything goes" nature of many depictions of the underworld, threads in this meme may include triggering content. Please remember to note any limits in your thread openers if particular content causes you problems.
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Zoe Hange | Attack on Titan

[personal profile] aberrant_type 2015-09-07 11:18 pm (UTC)(link)
[She was torn to pieces and eaten by a Titan, of course. And she's pissed off about it.]
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Rin Asano | Blade of the Immortal

[personal profile] payback 2015-09-07 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
[Rin fell in battle... but not as a brave soldier defending her innocent friends. Her death was more... incidental, the product of a side-swiped sword stroke to get that annoying bystander out of the way. She's pretty shocked about the whole thing. Doubtless, wherever she's found, she's crying a little.]
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[personal profile] biwinning 2015-09-07 11:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh thweet, Rin-tears. Maybe I'll bottle them up and sell them on troll-ebay.

[ oh look it's that ANNOYING TROLL BOY YOU HATE ]

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your love has turned to hate...

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oh jean.

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Marie Kreutz l The Bourne Series l OTA

[personal profile] marie_kreutz 2015-09-07 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
(Shot and killed by mistake, found wandering feeling both shocked and sad.)
dominus: ({ Heart in the throat)

Ezio Auditore | Assassin's Creed | OTA

[personal profile] dominus 2015-09-08 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
[ Not dead, but here to pull a friend's ass from the fire. Assumed cr is a given, canon or modern!AU. ]
wolfishsurvivalist: (Don't cry -- it doesn't fix anything)

Pop Culture

[personal profile] wolfishsurvivalist 2015-09-08 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
[Her quiet sobs seemed so loud to her own ears, the kind of tears someone cries when they've given up any shreds of hope they'd once had. Her eye sockets are blackened, her hair hanging limp, and the place where her heart should have been oozes dark viscous fluids down the front of her ruined shirt. Water drips from her hair and nose, and the chill has set in so deep that she feels that moving is impossible, each shuddering sob making a ghostly cloud puff from her blue lips.

It wasn't supposed to be this way, was it? All she can do is stare at nothing, the wet and rotting building groaning around her as something whispers further down the darkened hallway. She'd just wanted to help, but everything always seemed to go horribly wrong. Now she couldn't even remember what had happened, the pain in her chest and the cold despair the only things she could feel anymore.
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Jordan Parrish | Teen Wolf

[personal profile] caneminferni 2015-09-08 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
[He's literally a hellhound. So, probably here to take you there. Sorry about that.]
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peter petrelli ~ heroes

[personal profile] iwannabesomebody 2015-09-08 12:14 am (UTC)(link)
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Captain Jack Harkness | Doctor Who/Torchwood | OTA

[personal profile] theendiswherewestartfrom 2015-09-08 01:04 am (UTC)(link)
[Did they redecorate? He's been here before. Sort of. It's complicated.]
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hades | mythology

[personal profile] pluton 2015-09-08 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
[ well, you know. he rules one variation of the underworld. ]

[personal profile] fleur_de_la_mort 2015-09-08 02:54 am (UTC)(link)
Open to a Persephone?
tsundevil: (shake to their roots)

lucifer | saint young men

[personal profile] tsundevil 2015-09-08 01:23 am (UTC)(link)
[ OB..VIOUSLY... but hey! if you're one of his demons or something, he's not that bad a boss tbh... ]
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Aerous Jentis |Pathfinder RPG OC

[personal profile] hatesundead 2015-09-08 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
[Well, he's not evil himself but he's a dhampir and just happens to be the son of the king of his world's hell. Probably died in a fight with some really powerful undead.]
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Judas Iscariot | Saint Young Men

[personal profile] thirtybits 2015-09-08 02:51 am (UTC)(link)
[Well. Pretty straightforward.]

Sarafine Kore {} Persephone || Greek Mythology

[personal profile] fleur_de_la_mort 2015-09-08 02:56 am (UTC)(link)
AKA...Queen of the Greek Underworld. Usually nicer than her husband.
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Lord Voldemort | Harry Potter

[personal profile] hallowedhorcrux 2015-09-08 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
(Some kid with a scar on his head got the upper hand thanks to some old fool with a long beard.

He isn't happy about it.)
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Gretchen | Jasper in Deadland

[personal profile] forgetters 2015-09-08 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
[This girl's canon is sort of a Pop Culture version of the underworld that draws very heavily on many of the above mythologies. As for her role? Why, she's just a tour guide for recently-arrived souls (or available in canon spoiler mode).]
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athena | immortals

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Daimon Hellstrom | Marvel | ota

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knight_king: (( tragedy and fate ))

SABER [Arturia Pendragon] (Fate/) ♔ Open to All

[personal profile] knight_king 2015-09-08 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
( Her child killed her after they tried to usurp her throne.

Not before she slew Mordred. )
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Chase | Kamen Rider Drive | OTA [mostly after canon-mates]

[personal profile] withthecatching 2015-09-08 06:51 am (UTC)(link)
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persephone | greek mythology

[personal profile] perses 2015-09-08 08:03 am (UTC)(link)
( how could i not? )

Clint Barton ◄ Marvel 616 ◄ OTA

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Hela Lokisdotter | Norse Mythology/Marvel

[personal profile] hersoulstotake 2015-09-08 12:30 pm (UTC)(link)
[Hela was banished to Niflheim - Helheim - as a child and thanks to her father, Loki quickly became the realm's queen.]
strengthtohelp: (Dazed)

[personal profile] strengthtohelp 2015-09-08 02:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Noa Voilier | [personal profile] strengthtohelp | KIBA
1) Instead of emerging from the crumbled Neotopian Stupa and emerging with a renewed, hardened, vengeful interest in obtaining all the Key Spirits, Noa died as the beacon of law collapsed. His last moments were spent in shock and disillusionment -- everything he had stood and fought for up to that point had been a lie.

2) Zed didn't save the Shard Casting world. Instead, he completely gave in to the Spirit God Tusker's will and eradicated the world as civilization knew it. Only the Spirits roam the earth.

3) Noa succumbed to the lifelong illness he battled -- a more predictable, expected, demure death compared to the other options perhaps, but one he anticipated and was more prepared for. It would've been fulfilling to stay as healthy as he was when he first harnessed his Shard Casting and fight for a cause, perhaps for the rebuilding of the new Neotopia, but that wasn't in the cards for him.

Shinobu Jacobs | [personal profile] upjacobsladder | No More Heroes
1) Well, this is easy. I mean, she's an assassin, after all. As long as she stayed in the business, there was a chance she was going to get offed. Was she victorious in the scuffle, or defeated, and with or without her honor intact? (That's important to her, you know.) Was it due to a sneak attack, a mission gone wrong? What probably would matter most to her was if she managed to kill whoever murdered her father and led her to this life in the first place. Because if she wasn't, boy is she going to be pissed.

2) Or she might've died a more mundane way. It would be Suda 51's humor to let his badass assassins die like in the pooper or something. (But please, leave that to Travis. Shinobu's got to go with some dignity, at least.)

((These are all just suggestions that can be changed based on scenario, your choosing, etc. I'm flexible!))
illfatedassassin: (give me a break)

[personal profile] illfatedassassin 2015-09-10 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
[Ooc: so for Shinobu and 2, care for accidentally killed with Hei thanks to Travis' giant robot causing collateral damage? Hei would be pissed off too.]
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Dana Mitchell | Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue | ota

[personal profile] lightspeedpink 2015-09-08 07:01 pm (UTC)(link)
(Yes hello!! There's an underground demon dimension in her canon, which she has been to, fought in, and escaped from. There is also my neverending love for the Sumerian underworld, so. I'm open to just about any plot. She's easy to AU into other canons, if that's what you prefer. Available at 18-19 years old, or at 32.)
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Persephone | Greek Mythology

[personal profile] chthonicanassa 2015-09-08 10:51 pm (UTC)(link)
[Yet another one. Would love a Hades.]
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bruno buccellati | jjba

[personal profile] risorto 2015-09-08 11:06 pm (UTC)(link)

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