And I Feel Fine - Part 15: Armageddon
"Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a
severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has
been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into
three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed."
-- Revelation 16:18-19
The Archangel David knows immediately when a society is at a peak of
demoralization. He also knows all about geology. Very shortly after
the Two Witnesses rise, as shown by Litheroy on global television, David
leads an attack on Rome -- from below. Fissures from an earthquake
split the city into three big chunks. This is, in fact, plague number
seven, and is topped off by a rain of hundred-pound hailstones, provided
by Oannes and Janus.
PCs may take part as in the Plague Duty seed, or as part of general
The surviving civilian population of the area, together with some of the
military, responds with a massive looting spree. But Therrian himself
is unharmed. He isn't there; he's on the Plain of Megiddo, in Israel,
with Baal and his gathering troops.
"But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had
performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had
deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his
image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning
-- Revelation 19:19-20
Roleplaying seed: Where Were You at the Second Coming?
Frankly, there probably isn't a lot of roleplaying at this point,
except, perhaps, for creative reacting. In terms of game mechanics, The
Battle of Armageddon is just some more combat for the PCs, unless they
are close associates of their Archangels. But they are present at
cosmic events, and should see some of them, and hear about others almost
immediately thereafter. Even should some PCs be killed, they should
probably be allowed to watch in a visionary dream, while in Trauma.
In Heaven, Christ has stood before the Throne in the form of a Lamb for
seven years. He now also manifests a human form and leads a mass
descent to Earth, touching down on the Mount of Olives. Christ leads
the 144,000, followed by every Saint in Heaven, followed by every mortal
human in the area, Soldier of God or not, who stands with Heaven. In
parallel, Michael leads the angels. All of them.
On the other side, Baal and Therrian, with Kronos at their side, lead
the legions of Hell, every last demon, undead, and hellsworn.
It soon becomes clear that Heaven just plain has Hell out-gunned. Yes,
there are more demons than angels, even including the angels that have
come back from the Upper Heavens. But there are *lot* more humans,
Saint and mortal, who are willing to fight for Heaven, than there are
active supporters of Hell.
Christ captures Therrian. Michael captures Kronos. Both are
vessel-slain on the spot and cast into Hell, into the Lake of Fire,
where they are obliterated in an access of agony and horror.
"And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the
Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that
ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a
thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it
over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the
thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short
-- Revelation 20:1-3
What happens, continued:
Michael then turns his attention to Lucifer. They're well-matched, but
Michael has many friends among his fellow Archangels, while, by now,
Lucifer has only Baal. In a fight that is mainly on the Celestial
Plane, Michael seizes Lucifer and turns him over to Apollyon. Eli then
presents Apollyon with a very special chain of his own devising.
Michael and all the other Archangels hold Lucifer while Apollyon binds
on the chain and sings a Song of imprisonment.
(And, somewhere out on Megiddo, Lilith, who was given the Word of
Freedom and made a Princess for releasing Lucifer from Hell, screams and
falls down dead, killed by the Word-damage she's taken. Her Forces go
whirling down into the Lake of Fire.)
Apollyon throws Lucifer into Hell. Christ and the Saints slay all the
mortal and Undead hellsworn. The remaining Princes, demons, and
Ethereals flee, routed.
Armageddon is over. But the Apocalypse isn't.
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